Light Aircraft Association

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LAA Suffolk Coastal Strut

The Suffolk Coastal Strut welcomes members from not only Suffolk, but also Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. We hold monthly meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at our 'home' base of Crowfield Airfield. Members have aircraft based at Crowfield, Elsmett, Great Oakley, Hinderclay Meadows, Lavenham, Little Baddow, Maypole, Monewden, Nayland, Old Buckemham, Priory Farm, Seething, Tibbenham, Wolves Hall, Wormingford and a number of private strips & locations. While Boxted, in Essex, is the home to our annual July fly-in.

Visitors to Crowfield are most welcome (although restrictions apply) and flying instruction/PPL hire is available in the Flying Clubs two Robin HR.200/120B, Robin DR.400/180 and Pa18-150 Super Cub.
Please note that Strut does not operate or manage these aircraft. For further details please contact the Flying Club directly. Their contact details can be found on their website -

Strut 'Virtual' Meeting - 19th May - Flying the Dakota by Kath Burnham

 Dates for the Diary

19 May 2021
at 19:30
Flying the Dakota by Kath Burnham

For the May meeting Kath Burnham will be giving a talk on Flying the Dakota.

Kath is an experienced Dakota pilot (2,000+ hours), having been Senior Training Captain at Air Atlantique, was involved with the Dakotas over Normandy and and went to India to train the pilots of The Indian Air Force historic flight.

The meeting will again be over ZOOM and Mick will be sending out the invite a few days before the meeting which will be open for people to join from 19:15, with the AGM stating at 19:30

Dakotas over Normandy - Douglas C-41A Dakota Hap-penstance departing Duxford

Date posted: Updates & News

11 Oct 2020 Beagle Pup Prototype Book

For our February meeting in 2021, Anne Hughes and David Collings gave us a talk on the story of the Prototype Beagle Pup and it's return to the Skies.

Anne Hughes and Andy Amor have just published a book telling this story.
It is in A4 format, 96 pages and includes 160, mainly colour photos

For those interested it is available to purchase for 14.99 (including postage) by emailing

01 May 2021 Sale of Evans VP-1 "Annie"

In July 2020 Strut member John Lindsay reluctantly put his Evans VP-1 "Annie" up for sale. He would have loved it if she could have stayed in the area, although mainly he was looking for anyone who would give her a good home.

John has now sold "Annie", and while not locally she has gone to what is hopefully a very good home up at Eshott in Northumberland.

Click here for the futher details and photos on what is a lovely story and postive outcome.

"Annie" at Eshott "Picnic with the Planes" on 12th September by Peter Forbes ©