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Strut Info 2008
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Strut Meetings / Events 2008
10th December 2008 Strut meeting - at Crowfield for the annual Christmas Quiz !!

Meet from 7:30pm, with Quiz starting around 8:00pm.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided - although if you are planning on attending could you please let Tony ( ) know so that can he arrange the right amount of catering !
19th November 2008 Strut Meeting - at Crowfield - Illustrated talk by Strut Member Norman Honeybell on his involvement (along with Ted Thomas) in the building a Van's RV-4 and RV-8.
19th October 2008 Strut BBQ at Boxted

New date for the Strut BBQ at Boxted - 11am onwards.

The runway has been cut to allow people to fly-in - if the weather stays as it is the wind will be straight down the 22 runway so remember that 22 has a 100m displaced threshold due to road side power cables on poles along airfield boundary road.
We will not have the tower there nor a windsock, so suggest everyone checks local weather before they depart and use SAFETY COM on 135.475

For those arriving by road the gate in use should be the one further done the road from the memorial

Bringing along chairs and blankets would be a really good idea

Cost for the food - Approx £4 per person

Pete has promised us a toilet

The gazebo / BBQ / Toilet is likely to be set-up half way down the runway tight up against the hedge.
24th September 2008 Strut Meeting - With the postponement of the BBQ, it will be down to the Sorrel Horse again for drinks and chat....
20th September 2008 Strut visit to Martham

Another visit to Martham Saturday 20th. It is hoped that we will be joined by a local ex Mosquito pilot, who will give us a talk about his flying days.

Please be at Martham by 10.30am ready for the tour at 11.00am.

Pete is hoping to arrange food on site for lunch, although failing that we can go to the a local pub.

For those that wish to fly into the strip at Martham, a map, details of the airfield and joining instructions can be found on the strut website  Flying into Martham (pdf 98 kb)

If preferred, Ludham airfield is about 3 miles away. Airfield details and plate can be found on their website
Ludham is strictly PPR although Pete will arrange this.
Transport by road to Martham will be arranged - on arrival call Pete on 07973 813070

For those coming by road, Google map details can be found here: Google Map for Martham

Could all those planning to attend please let know so that we have an idea of numbers. Can you also please state whether coming by road or air, and if by air the aircraft Registration & Type and which airfield you will be using. This way list of Ludham arrivals to Pete to arrange PPR - Thanks.
23rd August 2008 Fly-out to East Kirkby David and Tony are planning to fly their Jodel up to East Kirkby on Saturday 23rd August to visit the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre , the home of Avro Lancaster "Just Jane".

The idea is to arrive in time for her taxy run at 1:30pm (although there is another at 4:pm). Anyone wishing to join them for a mini strut fly-out would be most welcome.

Details of flying into East Kirkby can be found at on the Aviation Heritage Centre website
20th August 2008 Strut Meeting - As we have nothing planned for this month, it will be down to the Sorrel Horse again for drinks and chat....
23rd July 2008 Boxted Flyin Wash-up meeting at the Highwayman pub - Strut to buy the first round of beer!!
17th July 2008

Note: this a Thursday rather than the usual Wednesday
Strut Meeting - Flyout to Bentwaters for a visit to Cold War Museum.
  • Tour will start at 19:00 - cost £4 (although I'd suggest £5 - easier to collect the money)
  • Strictly no airborne arrivals before 18:30
  • Preferred landing Runway is runway 07 (although see below)
  • Avoid Tunstall to the North East (from where most complaints come from)
  • Therefore I suggest circuits to the South, although with the size of the base for us these could be within the airfield boundary, so avoiding all villages?
  • As there will be a number of aircraft arriving/departing in a short space of time suggest that everyone uses Safetycom on 135.47 to announce intentions and to co-ordinate
IMPORTANT UPDATE for those flying in

The Runway will be CLOSED to aircraft operations due obstructions (barriers and wires) as it is being used by the Highways Agency. Therefore landing and take off will be by using the taxi-way to the south of the runway. This was been swept and is being used Carolyn Grace in the Spitfire. The BCWM will have cars on either end to block access by vehicles.

This means will not be able to cross the run to park by the control tower, so parking will be on one of the old cross runways, south of the taxi-way, either on the Eastern one by Dick Everrets Jaguars, or the western one by the 5 small hangars. BCWM staff in hi-viz jackets will be at the parking site. We will then be ferried by vehicles between parking and the museum

Taxi-way to be used as runway marked with blue arrows         *click image for larger version
Parking marked by yellow circles

Booked to Flyin are:
G-BSJUCessna 150
G-IEJHJodel D.150
G-BLRCPa18-135 Super Cub
G-BVVEJodel D.120
G-BDBVJodel D.11A
G-ANIEAuster 5
G-BFOPJodel D120
G-CBMTRobin DR.400 (subject to change)
G-CCRKLuscome 8A

Directions for those coming by road can be found on the BCWM Website
18th June 2008 Strut Meeting - Meet at Crowfield to finalise arrangments for Boxted, then adjourn to the pub...
21st May 2008 Visit to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum

Please arrange to arrive at Flixton so that the tour can start promptly at 6:30pm
Once the tour starts the gates to the Museum will be locked.

This should be a guided toured of the Museum and cost will be approx £5 per person

If you have not already indicated that you are planning to attend could you please email ASAP - Thanks

The museum is location next to the "Buck Inn" pub on the B1062, postcode NR35 1NZ (for those with Sat Nav). - Google Maps Aerial view
16th April 2008 AGM will take place on Wednesday 16th April, 7.30 pm, at Crowfield.
19th March 2008 Strut Meeting - Talk from Ken Cragie of LAA Engineering
15th March 2008
14:30 & 15:30

29th March 2008

5th April 2008
Visit to ATC at Stansted - All Saturday afternoons

For those attending the Stansted tours, here are your directions:

Follow signs for Stansted Airport, then Enterprise House/Undercroft/Deliveries. That road will take you past the tower. (postcode is CM24 1AH for the Sat Nav users, or this link for Google Maps)

Turn into the entrance and ring the buzzer. Someone will open the gate, drive in and park round the front please. Someone will meet you in the lobby downstairs and look after you from there.

Please note for "security reasons" cameras are NOT allowed

Please don't forget to bring picture ID
19th February 2008 Strut Social Evening & Dinner

An evening for SCS members, their partners and other local GA aviators (at our invite) at ‘The Lion’, Little Glemham, Suffolk, IP13 0BA – private function for us, Tuesday 19th Feb

3 course meal with 3 or 4 selections for each course, the whole pub to ourselves so can have speakers/entertainers.

Please email () with your menu selections ASAP

Menu                              pdf version of the menu (67kb)  


Homemade leek & Potato Soup (v)
Served with a mini crusty Baguette

Venison Pate
Succulent venison pate flavoured with plums & brandy served with a mini white baguette

Prawn Cocktail Salad
Succulent prawns coated with a rich cocktail sauce served on a bed of crisp salad leaves

Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta (v)
Toasted ciabatta bread topped with an Italian tomato sauce & melted mozzarella cheese

Main Courses

Roast Loin of Pork
Served with homemade stuffing, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes & apple sauce

Fillet of Salmon & Prawn Hollandaise
Fresh fillet of salmon topped with prawns & a creamy hollandaise sauce

Gondolier Chicken
Fresh chicken breast fillet coated with an authentic lightly spiced Italian sauce & finished with melted mozzarella

Brie & Redcurrant Tart
A shortcrust pastry tart filled with a creamy garlic & chive sauce with ribbons of spinach, topped with French brie & redcurrants

Braised Steak
Finest braising steak simmered gently in a rich port & Stilton sauce

All main courses are served with fresh vegetables of the day & new potatoes


Chocolate Mousse Cake
Served with cream

Homemade Apple Crumble
Served with lashing of custard

Fresh Fruit Pavlova
Served with fresh pouring cream

Cheese & Biscuits
A selection of water biscuits served with our finest mature cheddar & Stilton cheese (Supplement £1.50)

3 Courses £17.50 Per Person including coffee

Please email () with your menu selections ASAP
16th January 2008 Strut Meeting - As we have nothing planned for this month, it will be down to the Sorrel Horse again for drinks and chat....