Promising HAA Symposium
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: https://haa-uk.aero/ 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.moderngov.co.uk/ielistdocuments.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.’
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.
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
With phase one of the drainage project completed, Goodwood’s runways are now all open
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