Welcome to the website of the
LAA Suffolk Coastal Strut
The Suffolk Coastal Strut welcomes members from not only Suffolk, but also Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
We hold monthly meeting normally on the 3rd Wednesday at Crowfield, considered our 'home' base, although members have aircraft based at Andrewsfield, Elmsett, Great Oakley, Little Baddow, Mendlesham, Maypole, Monewden, Nayland, Priory Farm, Seething, Waits Farm, Wolves Hall, Wormingford. While Boxted, in Essex, is the home to our fly-ins.
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. Details at www.crowfieldairfield.co.uk
Local girl Sally Dearman will be giving us a talk on her life in the RAF from being the first female fast Jet pilot to her time as SAR pilot on the Wessex.
In October 1984 Sally, an established parachutist and private pilot, flew herself from Ipswich Airport (with a well known Strut member as co-pilot!) into Royal Air Force Cranwell for her Initial Officer Training.
Following six years' service as a fighter controller she transferred to the pilot branch where she became the first woman through the RAF's fast-jet
flying training system and later re-training as a rotary pilot (Search and Rescue).
Sally left the Royal Air Force in 1995 and in 1996 she joined the
Met. Office, forecasting and presenting the weather for the BBC.
Wed 20th Nov 2019
Strut Meeting - Mildred Bruce talk by Paul Smiddy
Strut member Paul Smiddy will be coming along to give a presentation "A Passion for Speed – the life of Mildred Bruce”, the subjest of his latest book. She was an Essex girl who was the first woman to fly UK to Japan and on round the world
Wed 18th Dec 2019
Strut Meeting - Christmas Quiz and Nibbles
The annual Chaimains Quiz and Christmas nibbles. As this is very much a social evening with a fun quiz partners most welcome to come along
Wed 15th Jan 2020
Strut Meeting - Amelia Earhart talk by Graeme Douglas
Graeme Douglas will be giving us a summary of Amelia Earhart’s life and achievements in aviation followed by a detailed look at the planning and execution of her final flight along with a look at what might possibly have gone wrong. Finally a look at some of the ‘alternative’ theories and how they don’t hold up.
Wed 15th Apr 2020
Strut Meeting - Strut AGM
As usual the April meeting will be the Strut AGM.
Please come along and support your strut - As well as the general running of the Strut,
it's the time everyone can put forward their ideas for meetings, fly-outs,
visits etc for the forthcoming year, plus go over plans for this years Boxted Fly-in.
Wed 20th May 2020
Strut Meeting - GASCo Safety Evening
Aim is to get pilots, no matter how long they have been flying or what aircraft type they fly, to STOP and THINK about how they can make their future flying a bit safer, for themselves and others. This presentation should be highly informative, balancing serious safety messages with lively audience participation.
All Welcome. Open to non-Strut members and anyone with an interest in safety.