Fairoaks hous­ing fight

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES - Sec­re­tary of State for En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs Michael Gove, MP vis­ited Fairoaks Eric ‘Win­kle’ Brown Ed­in­burgh Uni­ver­sity Air Squadron As­so­ci­a­tion is rais­ing funds for a memo­rial bronze statue of Lon­don City Air­port has ap­pointed Robert Sincl

Michael Gove, MP is lend­ing his sup­port to the ‘No Fairoaks New Town’ fight to stop hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on Fairoaks air­port

GAIN (The Gen­eral Avi­a­tion In­fra­struc­ture Net­work) is sup­port­ing the ‘No Fairoaks New Town’ cam­paign which is seek­ing to pro­tect Fairoaks Air­port from the pro­posed ‘gar­den vil­lage’ de­vel­op­ment of up to 2,000 houses that would end avi­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties at the Sur­rey air­field.

No Fairoaks New Town was founded by Krikor Kriko­rian and is funded by do­na­tions from lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses keen to save this im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­set, says cam­paign Chair­man Dou­glas Mancini. “I am de­lighted to re­ceive sup­port from GAIN at na­tional level and am very ap­pre­cia­tive of the as­sis­tance they have al­ready given. GAIN’S help, com­bined with the over­whelm­ing lo­cal sup­port we have re­ceived, fur­ther so­lid­i­fies my con­fi­dence that we will suc­ceed in sav­ing Fairoaks as the crit­i­cal com­mu­nity hub it is.”

On 7 July

as guest of the cam­paign and heard about the im­por­tance of the air­port to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. “Michael has been very sup­port­ive of our cam­paign so far, in­clud­ing sign­ing our pe­ti­tion,” says Mancini. “The fu­ture of the air­port is im­por­tant to the lo­cal econ­omy and Michael is keen to see this as­set pro­tected, along with the Green Belt upon which it sits.”

Mr Gove toured some of the air­port’s res­i­dent busi­ness in­clud­ing GAMA Avi­a­tion, Syn­ergy and High Level Pho­tog­ra­phy, and made a flight around the lo­cal area in a Piper Mi­rage, view­ing the air­port and his con­stituency from the air, and see­ing pre­cious habi­tats and the en­vi­ron­ment which would be de­stroyed if the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment went ahead. “I have led the cam­paign to say ‘no’ to the de­vel­op­ment here un­til we get ab­so­lute guar­an­tees and in­sur­ances… [and] am de­lighted to have the max­i­mum pos­si­ble sup­port for the po­si­tion that com­mands the sup­port of the ma­jor­ity of our con­stituents,” he said. GAIN is work­ing with the GA Com­mu­nity and par­tic­u­larly closely with the All Party Par­lia­men­tary Group on Gen­eral Avi­a­tion, and is help­ing the cam­paigns for a num­ber of GA airfields un­der threat. Chair­man Pauline Va­hey said, “No Fairoaks New Town has al­ready achieved great suc­cess through the lo­cal pe­ti­tion of over 5,300 sig­na­tures. We are look­ing for­ward to help­ing the cam­paign build sup­port within the lo­cal com­mu­nity, na­tion­ally, and ul­ti­mately to save the air­port, which is a vi­tal part of the na­tional in­fra­struc­ture net­work.

“GAIN is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to take a longer-term view based on a prop­erly in­formed un­der­stand­ing of the ben­e­fits of gen­eral avi­a­tion. We recog­nise the value of GA to the UK econ­omy, the lo­cal com­mu­nity and to the avi­a­tion sec­tor, so we are seek­ing to es­tab­lish the nec­es­sary le­gal pro­tec­tions to pre­vent the hap­haz­ard de­struc­tion of our na­tion’s avi­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture net­work, of which Fairoaks Air­port is an ir­re­place­able part.” More in­for­ma­tion at: Gainet­work.org.uk and no­fairoak­snew­town.uk In mem­ory of the late

the him, to be sited out­side Ed­in­burgh Air­port’s ter­mi­nal build­ing.

In 1937 ‘Win­kle’ en­tered Ed­in­burgh Uni­ver­sity to study Ger­man, joined its Uni­ver­sity Air Unit (now Uni­ver­sity Air Squadron) and learned to fly at RAF Turn­house, now Ed­in­burgh Air­port. The Air Unit was at­tached to 603 Squadron Royal Aux­il­iary Air Force, with which ‘Win­kle’ logged 130 hours. His sub­se­quent ca­reer as a Fleet Air Arm pi­lot and test pi­lot is leg­endary, in­clud­ing post-war test fly­ing of cap­tured Luft­waffe air­craft, and saw him log 487 dif­fer­ent types and make a record 2,407 car­rier deck land­ings.

The Ed­in­burgh Uni­ver­sity Air Squadron As­so­ci­a­tion also hopes to raise suf­fi­cient funds to en­able sev­eral young peo­ple to learn to fly through Fly­ing Schol­ar­ships. For more de­tails email: win­kleap­peal@gmail.com

A New Zealan­der, Sinclair has been CEO of Bris­tol Air­port since 2008, prior to which he was the Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer of Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port fol­low­ing a ten-year ca­reer in in­vest­ment bank­ing. He will take up his new role at LCY on 30 Oc­to­ber

“I’m ex­cited to be join­ing Lon­don City Air­port,” he says. “It’s an air­port that plays a vi­tal role in con­nect­ing Bri­tain, and in par­tic­u­lar its busi­ness com­mu­nity, glob­ally and through the City Air­port De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme it will be able to serve 6.5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year, and 111,000 flight move­ments by 2025, adding much needed avi­a­tion ca­pac­ity at a time when Bri­tain needs it most.”

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP had a flight over Fairoaks’ lo­cal area when he vis­ited in July

New Lon­don City Air­port CEO Robert Sinclair

Eric ‘Win­kle’ Brown with a Sea Hawk, one of 487 dif­fer­ent types he flew

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