January 2016

Brief Review of the Year 2015

Here are the highlights I can remember.  Apologies if I’ve missed your star event out.

The May monthly meeting had a visit from Brian Davies, LAA Chairman, Director and Chairman of the Engineering Committee.  He gave an interesting and insightful talk, followed up by discussion where a major topic was the recently announced resignation of the LAA CEO.

June had a talk on the famous aviator, Alex Henshaw by Chris Parsons, his relative.  He was able to give some depth to the historical persona with family anecdotes.

This month also saw beautiful weather for Ian Charlton’s Chilsfold Farm fly-in.  A fantastic event that exemplified so much that’s good about light aviation.  The pictures from the event are worth another look.

The LAA Rally at Sywell in October had a number of Strut members making their way there in various ways.  The Viper project (below) really caught my imagination.Viper 1The new LAA CEO Steve Slater, visited for the November meeting.  An informative talk that gave me at least the impression that the association is in good hands.

In late November a small posse took a car trip to Telford for The Flying Show.  Certainly worth the effort.  The new SSDRs on show were stunning; real aircraft.

The final event of the year in December was the Strut Christmas Dinner at the Toby Carvery Downlands in Worthing.  Great party atmosphere!

Here’s to an eventful 2016!

Some food for thought about the future of amateur flying:

Air Facts Journal, John Zimmerman Out of touch with modern life – lessons from golf’s decline” December 28, 2015

Upcoming Events

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Please suggest/volunteer to organize some more. 🙂