February 2015

In this month’s edition:

  • CAA/Government event to take place at Duxford – Steve Hutt
  • Big date for the diary – Southern Strut Goodwood Fly-in – Tony Palmer
  • Planning Events and Talks
  • Don’t be an April Fool around Southend

CAA/Government event to take place at Duxford

We will be presenting an update on the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Programme at the CAA/Government event at Duxford on 28th March 2015.

To attend, please register via the email address in the CAA announcement copied below.

Steve Hutt FASVIG Programme Coordinator


The next stage of the Government’s plans for General Aviation will be unveiled on Saturday 28 March 2015 when the Government’s strategy for GA is made public at a joint Government / Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) event at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

The Duxford event and unveiling of the Government’s strategy is the latest stage of a programme to fulfil the Government’s aim of making the UK the best country in the world for GA and boosting jobs and growth in the sector.

Key players in the GA world will be speaking including Grant Shapps MP, Minister Without Portfolio; Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director and; Andrew Haines, CAA Chief Executive.

Specialists from NATS will also be in attendance on the day, offering advice on a range of GA airspace safety issues and air traffic control in general.

The event is open to anyone involved in GA and will provide an opportunity to hear an update on the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Programme and the latest work underway through the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and UK GA programmes.

It also follows a year of considerable progress by the CAA to ensure GA enjoys a safety regulation system that imposes the minimum necessary burden and empowers individuals to make responsible decisions to secure acceptable safety outcomes. The CAA’s latest work with GA can be seen at http://www.caa.co.uk/ga.

The event will take place from 10.30am to 3pm. If you wish to attend then please RSVP to GAevent@caa.co.uk including the number of people in your party and if you intend to fly in. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Confirmation of successful registration and further information on the event will be provided nearer the date.

Those registered to attend will also have free access to the Imperial War Museum during the day and reduced landing fees are available for those flying in.


Big date for the diary – Southern Strut Goodwood Fly-in

Just spoke to Neil  of LAA and agreed the ‘Southern Strut Goodwood Flyin’ on the 3rd Oct (we were offered 3 and 4th but we think it will be too much to do).  Free landings for all and we need to organise marshals and maybe some other things?

Tony Palmer

Planning Events and Talks

You may have noticed that the Strut calendar of events is still looking a bit empty.  However at the January meeting we managed to come up with some ideas to fill it – we just need some names to to put against them.  Could one of them be yours?

Here are some of the ideas:

  • Fly-ins/Fly-outs: France? Channel Islands?
  • Hangar visits: got an interesting aircraft or project that you’d be willing to show off and talk about.  We’ll bring the beer.
  • Barbeque fly-in and camp-over: Tony is volunteering Palmer’s Farm.
  • Gliding evening
  • Model flying
  • Duxford trip/other interesting aviation sites – coach/fly-in?
  • Know someone interesting who might give us a talk?  Please put us in touch.

Any other ideas are very welcome!  (And don’t forget to write up any trips or adventures for the newsletter.)

Don’t be an April Fool around Southend

If you are flying in the vicinity of Southend, their airspace grab has been approved and their class D CAS comes in to operation on 2nd April 2015.

See the detail in the CAA Decision Letter.

Upcoming Events

For the latest list of events, go to the Events page on the Strut website.

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