Promis­ing HAA Sym­po­sium

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On Satur­day 28 Oc­to­ber the His­toric Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion will be hold­ing its annual sym­po­sium at the RAF Mu­seum Lon­don (Hen­don). The Edi­tor is among the reg­u­lar at­ten­dees of these events and we know that thanks to the qual­ity of the pre­sen­ta­tions and at­trac­tion of the venue (for Pilot the recre­ation of Gra­hame-white’s fac­tory of­fice is a star ex­hibit) the they are both highly in­ter­est­ing and very pop­u­lar — last year’s was a sell-out, so it is a good idea to book early!

This year’s speak­ers are Guy Black, re­lat­ing the story of Air­craft Restora­tion’s re­build of the DH9 (which fea­tures in this is­sue’s ‘Old Timers’, p.60); Rod Dean, on his many years as an his­toric air­craft air­show pilot, reg­u­la­tor and Flight Dis­play Direc­tor (‘he has many in­ter­est­ing sto­ries to tell,’ says the HAA); and Ge­orge Ba­con, Man­ager and Chief Pilot of the Army His­toric Flight. There will also be a ‘sur­prise pre­sen­ta­tion’ to be an­nounced on ‘unique chal­lenges’.

A mag­nif­i­cent buf­fet lunch is promised by Life­style Ca­ter­ing Ltd. This is a claim the Edi­tor is happy to sub­stan­ti­ate — it is not just the pre­sen­ta­tions and lo­ca­tion that make this an event not to be missed!

The cost is £34, £28 to HAA mem­bers. Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at: event/2017-haa-sym­po­sium/

Air BP has awarded this year’s Ster­ling

Pilot Schol­ar­ship to 17-year-old stu­dent Robert Nor­ris from Hert­ford­shire, who be­comes the third awardee since it was launched in 2015. The schol­ar­ship, which is val­ued at around £10,000, as­sists as­pir­ing UK pi­lots with lit­tle or no fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to gain a PPL. Through his schol­ar­ship Robert wants to work to­wards ful­fill­ing his dream of fly­ing a Boe­ing 777 as a com­mer­cial air­line pilot. As a fif­teen-year-old mem­ber of the Air Cadets he gained his first fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at RAF Wit­ter­ing and has since tried glid­ing. Robert has al­ready logged his first hours at Cam­bridge Aero Club, which is near the Sixth Form Col­lege where he is study­ing ‘A’ lev­els, after which he plans to com­plete a de­gree in aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing.

On his se­lec­tion Robert said: “Fly­ing lessons are ex­pen­sive and cer­tainly out of my reach at this stage so I am in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to Air BP. The Ster­ling Pilot Schol­ar­ship is a re­ally good thing. It is an op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple who are con­sid­er­ing train­ing to be a pilot, but whose choices have been re­stricted by the lack of ac­cess to stu­dent loans. Hav­ing a de­gree is also im­por­tant, both dur­ing and be­yond a fly­ing ca­reer. With an aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing de­gree I will un­der­stand how air­craft are de­signed and be in a stronger po­si­tion to re­solve any chal­lenges I might face as a pilot.”

Alex May, the first Ster­ling Pilot Schol­ar­ship awardee is now in his sec­ond year of study for a BSC in Pro­fes­sional Avi­a­tion Pilot Prac­tice and work­ing through ATPL ex­ams while con­tin­u­ing to build his PPL hours in prepa­ra­tion for his CPL, MEP and IR Rat­ings. The sec­ond awardee, Zoë Bur­nett, is cur­rently train­ing with Flybe in Spain.

Jer­sey fly­ing char­ity Help­ing

Wings held its 2017 Fly­ing Awards

Schol­ar­ship pre­sen­ta­tion on 2 August at Jer­sey Aero Club. Eight awards were made, rang­ing from flight ex­pe­ri­ence ses­sions to a 25-hour fly­ing in­struc­tion pack­age, all for peo­ple who ei­ther have a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity or who are in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances of some kind. Help­ing Wings has fit­ted a hand con­trol to one of Jer­sey Aero Club’s PA-28S to en­able a lower limb dis­abled per­son to fully op­er­ate the con­trols.

This year’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­cluded Jack Brown, who was awarded the schol­ar­ship

spon­sored by the Sir James Knott Trust; Cody Crocker who re­ceived the Ports of Jer­sey Schol­ar­ship; and Stephen Ce­ri­oli who was awarded the schol­ar­ship do­nated by Chako­tay Wood and the Is­lan­ders of Jer­sey. 2018 will mark the 10th an­niver­sary of Help­ing Wings when the char­ity prom­ises ‘some­thing spe­cial’.

This year’s Sir Ge­of­frey de Hav­il­land

Fly­ing Schol­ar­ship spon­sored by The Wor­ship­ful Com­pany of Coach mak­ers and Coach Har­ness Mak­ers has been awarded to An­gus Noakes. An­gus lives in Saf­fron Walden, has been a reg­u­lar vol­un­teer at Vin­tage Fab­rics at Aud­ley End and is about to start his for­mal ap­pren­tice­ship. His fly­ing train­ing will take place on the Cam­bridge Fly­ing Group’s Tiger Moths. Lufthansa Avi­a­tion Train­ing’s Ro­s­tock-based Euro­pean Flight Academy (EFA) has or­dered five

Di­a­mond DA42-VI multi-en­gine train­ers with the op­tion of adding five more. De­liv­er­ies will start in January 2018. Some 150 pi­lots a year are trained at EFA, the ma­jor­ity of them join­ing Lufthansa Group airlines Aus­trian, Eurow­ings and Sun­ex­press, and also Ryanair, Con­dor and Aegean.

The two main run­ways at Good­wood Aero­drome have

been re­opened fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive ground works that be­gan in January. Phase one of the Aero­drome Drainage Project has seen five miles of drainage in­stalled and the run­way sur­faces re­graded. As the first ma­jor in­vest­ment in its run­ways since 1958, the works will al­low home-based and vis­it­ing air­craft to use the air­field when weather con­di­tions may pre­vi­ously have pre­vented them from do­ing so.

More than 266,000sq m of turf and top­soil were re­moved from Rwys 06/24 and 14/32, which were then drained and re­graded. A ma­trix of drainage was in­stalled across the ma­noeu­vring area and at the run­way perime­ters to con­vey wa­ter to the free-drain­ing soil be­low. More than 7,000 tonnes of re­cy­cled rail­way bal­last were used in the drainage sys­tem, and over 100,000 tonnes of ma­te­rial were ex­ca­vated and repo­si­tioned, with no soil im­ported or ex­ported. The to­tal area worked on was equiv­a­lent to sixty rugby pitches or 1,000 tennis courts.

Aero­drome Gen­eral Man­ager Dave Ford ex­plains: “This project has been a long time in the plan­ning, but we are de­lighted with the re­sult of phase one and be­lieve that the de­sign will en­sure we are op­er­a­tional for the vast ma­jor­ity of the year. It will take up to two years for the de­sign to fully ma­ture and re­alise its po­ten­tial. It was how­ever thrilling to see air­craft on the run­ways once again with such pos­i­tive com­ments from those pi­lots in­volved.”

Fur­ther work will take place next year on the ar­eas that sus­tained op­er­a­tions dur­ing phase one, though this will have lit­tle im­pact on day-to-day ac­tiv­ity. In an email to sig­na­to­ries, Sur­rey Heath

Bor­ough Coun­cil re­ported that at its meet­ing on 26 July it con­sid­ered the pe­ti­tion to save Fairoaks Air­field from hous­ing devel­op­ment. The Coun­cil re­solved that the pe­ti­tion, to­gether the con­cerns of lo­cal peo­ple ‘be noted, but that no fur­ther ac­tion be taken at this time’. Pilot (‘Air­fields News, September) had called for read­ers to sign the Pro­tect Fairoaks group’s pe­ti­tion, cit­ing the fact that Fairoaks is one of only two ac­tive gen­eral avi­a­tion air­fields in Sur­rey and say­ing that pri­vate avi­a­tion can­not af­ford to lose it.

Pro­tect Fairoaks had pe­ti­tioned SHBC ‘not to pro­mote or sup­port hous­ing devel­op­ment at Fairoaks but to re­tain it in the Green­belt ... This in­cludes com­mit­ting to not mak­ing a sec­ond bid for a Fairoaks Gar­den Vil­lage. SHBC should in­stead en­cour­age air­port op­er­a­tions at Fairoaks with their as­so­ci­ated lo­cal em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.’ The pe­ti­tion had drawn 5,357 sig­na­tures by its June dead­line. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the rea­sons for this de­ci­sion can be found at: sur­rey­heath.mod­ern­­doc­u­ments.aspx? CID=128&MID=2944&VER=4 (see www.pi­lotweb. aero for a live link). The Fu­ture Airspace Strat­egy VFR

In­dus­try Group (FASVIG) has an­nounced plans to carry out a trial of real-time traf­fic dis­plays for Air Traf­fic Ser­vices at UK gen­eral avi­a­tion air­fields.

‘Traf­fic dis­plays based on ADS-B (Au­to­matic De­pen­dent Sur­veil­lance – Broad­cast, see di­a­gram) have the po­ten­tial ca­pa­bil­ity to en­hance GA air­field air traf­fic ser­vices sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and flight safety,’ it says. ‘The aim of the trial is to gather ev­i­dence to en­able the CAA to as­sess this ca­pa­bil­ity and give con­sid­er­a­tion to au­tho­ris­ing use of ADS-B by GA ATS units. It is hoped this trial will en­cour­age fur­ther devel­op­ment of tech­nol­ogy to sup­port ATS pro­vi­sion at UK GA air­fields.

‘Tech­nol­ogy sup­port­ing ATS in the mon­i­tor­ing of ar­riv­ing and depart­ing traf­fic at large com­mer­cial air­ports has been avail­able for many years. How­ever, it is not eco­nom­i­cally vi­able to make avail­able com­plex radar sys­tems at most GA air­fields, where ATS typ­i­cally op­er­ates purely by eye and ra­dio. Mean­while, the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of in-cock­pit traf­fic aware­ness so­lu­tions for GA pi­lots have made great ad­vances. Par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant is the devel­op­ment of ADS-B, a sys­tem which en­ables air­craft to broad­cast their po­si­tion and al­ti­tude with great ac­cu­racy. As well as be­ing used for in-flight col­li­sion avoid­ance, the data re­ceived can be used to show the lo­ca­tion of air­craft on a dis­play screen in the con­trol room of a GA air­field with­out the need for radar.’

The trial will pro­vide a num­ber of UK GA air­fields with ADS-B ground re­ceivers and traf­fic dis­plays, plus Caa-ap­proved por­ta­ble ADS-B trans­ceivers for some of their most fre­quently used fly­ing school air­craft. ‘It is an­tic­i­pated that this ADS-B in­stal­la­tion will pro­vide a sim­ple and cost-ef­fec­tive tool to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove flight safety,’ says FASVIG, which sees this trial as an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate how ADS-B tech­nol­ogy may be ex­ploited as a first en­abler to wide­spread adop­tion of elec­tronic con­spicu­ity in or­der to ad­vance safety and ef­fi­ciency, to the ben­e­fit of both GA and com­mer­cial air trans­port.

‘Fu­ture GA ATS sys­tems could even­tu­ally take on a more ac­tive safety role, by as­sess­ing col­li­sion risk — with other air­craft and with ter­rain — from the per­spec­tive of each air­craft. Sub­ject to fu­ture reg­u­la­tory de­vel­op­ments, ATS staff be­ing pre­sented with such in­for­ma­tion would be en­abled to pro­vide even bet­ter safety ad­vice to air­craft in the area. In ad­di­tion, for air­fields close to con­trolled airspace, the sys­tem could help re­duce airspace in­fringe­ments.’

Hop­ing to be­come an air­line pilot, Air BP schol­ar­ship win­ner Robert Nor­ris

Vin­tage Fab­rics vol­un­teer An­gus Noakes is now look­ing for­ward to fly­ing train­ing on CFG’S DH Tiger Moths

Lufthansa Avi­a­tion Train­ing’s EFA is adding five DA42-VIS to its fleet, with an op­tion for five more

Nav­i­ga­tor Guy Hook (left) and pilot Do­minic Crossan dom­i­nated the 3Rs Shob­don air race week­end, win­ning both the Ste­wards and King’s Cup — the lat­ter for the sec­ond time. The cups were pre­sented by Shob­don Air­field Man­ager Phil Ed­wards.

With phase one of the drainage project com­pleted, Good­wood’s run­ways are now all open

Cap­tion in her­erere

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