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The Tiger Club has moved from Head­corn to Damyns Hall Aero­drome near Up­min­ster, Es­sex. ‘The air­field is within spit­ting dis­tance of the ma­jor wartime de­fence air­field of Hornchurch, and in recog­ni­tion of this the ra­dio call­sign is “Hornchurch Ra­dio” on 119.55 MHZ’, says the club. ‘There is one marked-out run­way, 03/21, and ad­join­ing this is a large grass area of­fer­ing air­craft such as Tiger Moths an un­lim­ited choice of land­ing di­rec­tion. It also has an ex­cel­lent lounge/café of­fer­ing plen­ti­ful food and re­fresh­ments. Ac­cess to the air­field is re­ally good, just ten min­utes from the M25 and only two miles from Up­min­ster tube sta­tion. This ben­e­fit has al­ready seen the reap­pear­ance of sev­eral for­mer mem­bers who found trav­el­ling to our pre­vi­ous lo­ca­tions too tire­some, and we look for­ward to re­new­ing the ac­quain­tance of many more!’

The Tiger Club was formed dur­ing a Royal Aero Club din­ner in Jan­uary 1956 at the sug­ges­tion of Norman Jones of Rol­la­son Air­craft (who was later to launch Pi­lot mag­a­zine). Founder mem­bers were Jimmy Denyer, Basil Maile, Bev Snook, Chris Wren and the Hon Peter Van­neck. Ini­tially based at Croy­don Air­port, its then all-tiger Moth fleet in­cluded G-ACDC (‘AC/DC’) that is still with the club. Fol­low­ing Croy­don’s clo­sure in 1959 the Tiger Club moved to a new home at Red­hill, and the club, its air­craft fleet and mem­ber­ship rapidly ex­panded, the lat­ter in­clud­ing prom­i­nent names from the aer­o­bat­ics, air rac­ing and air­show com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Pi­lot’s late owner/ed­i­tor James Gil­bert and nu­mer­ous past and present con­trib­u­tors to this mag­a­zine.

The Tiger Club can be con­tacted at its new home on tel: 01708 524633, email: [email protected]­club.co.uk

Grant Shapps MP, Chair of the All-party Par­lia­men­tary Group (APPG) on Gen­eral Avi­a­tion, has raised se­ri­ous con­cerns over a po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment next to

Shore­ham Air­port, and the im­pact this could have on the air­field’s op­er­a­tions.

In a let­ter to Adur and Wor­thing Coun­cils he says: ‘It is the ob­jec­tive of both the APPG and the Gov­ern­ment to make the UK the best coun­try in the world for gen­eral avi­a­tion. The APPG aims to do this by pro­mot­ing the pro­tec­tion and en­hance­ment of our net­work of air­fields across the coun­try which brings valu­able skills in science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics, thereby cre­at­ing high-tech jobs and growth in our econ­omy.

‘As such, the APPG has se­ri­ous con­cerns about the im­pact this pro­posed de­vel­op­ment (at New Monks Farm, Lanc­ing) would have on the neigh­bour­ing Shore­ham Air­port site, and in par­tic­u­lar the long term fu­ture of its two grass run­ways. Should the de­vel­op­ment be ap­proved, it would mean air­craft us­ing these run­ways would have to fly di­rectly over the new de­vel­op­ment... ei­ther as the air­craft takes off or lands (and) would present a se­ri­ous safety is­sue in the event of an air­craft ex­pe­ri­enc­ing en­gine fail­ure or other emer­gen­cies.

‘In ad­di­tion, a de­vel­op­ment so close to an ac­tive air­field could lead to a sub­stan­tial in­crease in noise com­plaints from res­i­dents, which would un­doubt­edly cre­ate pres­sure on the air­port to ei­ther re­duce its ac­tiv­ity or close com­pletely. There are a num­ber of listed build­ings on the air­field which rely on a sta­ble avi­a­tion en­vi­ron­ment for sup­port and ren­o­va­tions [and] many avi­a­tion main­te­nance, engi­neer­ing and flight train­ing busi­nesses at the air­port that would be at risk if the de­vel­op­ment was to pro­ceed, as would the highly-skilled jobs that go with them.

‘Fur­ther­more, the APPG un­der­stands that Shore­ham’s guid­ance to he­li­copters de­part­ing and land­ing at the air­port is that they should avoid over­fly­ing built-up ar­eas. Con­se­quently the air­port’s he­li­copter cir­cuit pat­terns are di­rectly above the un­built land pro­posed for de­vel­op­ment (which) would es­sen­tially make he­li­copter fly­ing at the air­port al­most im­pos­si­ble to main­tain and also run the risk of putting sev­eral he­li­copter com­pa­nies based at Shore­ham out of busi­ness.

‘Shore­ham Air­port is the only air­field of its kind in the lo­cal area, and the risk of los­ing it to de­vel­op­ment would, in the APPG’S view, cause great harm to the

trans­port in­fra­struc­ture of the United King­dom and em­ploy­ment in the avi­a­tion sec­tor… It is there­fore im­per­a­tive that Shore­ham Air­port is fully main­tained as a gen­eral avi­a­tion air­port, and only by do­ing so can it re­main sus­tain­able for the many busi­nesses and jobs which de­pend on it.’

John Freck­ling­ton, for­mer Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Wick­enby Fly­ing Club and Wick­enby Avi­a­tion in Lin­colnshire, died

on 27 Au­gust, aged 85. John had been the driv­ing force and ar­chi­tect of the for­ma­tion and suc­cess of Wick­enby Air­field un­til 1997, when he sold part of it and re­turned to his first love, clas­sic air­craft. He owned and op­er­ated a Chip­munk, Auster J/1N, Tiger Moth and a Pitts S-2A on which he of­fered tail­wheel con­ver­sions, aer­o­bat­ics train­ing, for­ma­tion fly­ing and hire.

John gained his li­cence at the age of seven­teen with Skeg­ness Aero Club and stayed with them do­ing plea­sure flights. In 1964, to­gether with Bob Mere­wood, he bought a Proc­tor IV and formed Wick­enby Fly­ing Club Ltd at the then dis­used for­mer RAF Bomber Com­mand air­field at Wick­enby. Six years later he bought the air­field from a lo­cal farmer and formed Wick­enby Avi­a­tion to carry out air­craft main­te­nance and char­ter. Over the next 43 years he flew and air tested more than 120 dif­fer­ent types of air­craft and ac­cu­mu­lated more than 15,000 fly­ing hours. Black­pool Coun­cil has com­pleted the pur­chase of Black­pool Air­port and taken over the op­er­at­ing com­pany Re­gional and City Air­ports (Black­pool) Holdings Ltd. Si­mon Blackburn, Leader of Black­pool

Coun­cil, said: “This sale her­alds a pos­i­tive new dawn for Black­pool Air­port… [that will] al­low us to en­sure that the air­port it­self can con­tinue to op­er­ate as an im­por­tant hub that can ben­e­fit the whole re­gion. Black­pool Air­port is such a key part of hav­ing a strong lo­cal econ­omy and it is ab­so­lutely vi­tal that we safe­guard its fu­ture and en­sure that it can con­tinue to be used as an avi­a­tion and em­ploy­ment hub for the Fylde coast for the long term. We do not en­vis­age the re­turn of large-scale pas­sen­ger aero­planes to the air­port. The pur­pose of this ac­qui­si­tion is to safe­guard the he­li­copter and other com­mer­cial air­side ac­tiv­i­ties that take place.

“As a mi­nor­ity stake­holder, we have al­ways re­tained an in­ter­est in the com­pany con­tin­u­ing as an air­port and serv­ing the whole of the Fylde coast. Now as the sole owner, peo­ple can be con­fi­dent that we have the air­port’s best in­ter­ests at heart. We will re­tain the cur­rent op­er­at­ing staff as well as ex­plor­ing any po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties for pri­vate com­pa­nies with avi­a­tion in­ter­ests to in­vest in the com­pany so that it can grow in the fu­ture, but this is not about try­ing to bring jumbo jets back to the air­port any­time soon.”

Black­pool Coun­cil last owned the air­port in 2004, when it was sold to City Hop­per, then again in 2008 to Bal­four Beatty. Placed into ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2014 the air­port closed tem­po­rar­ily be­fore re­open­ing with re­duced ca­pac­ity. Dur­ing WWII Black­pool Air­port, then known as Squires Gate, housed a Min­istry of Air­craft Pro­duc­tion fac­tory which built more than 2,500 Vick­ers Welling­ton bombers. Hawker Air­craft re­opened the fac­tory in the mid-1950s, build­ing Hunter jet fight­ers there.

Pro­pos­als are be­ing drawn up to bring the first sched­uled pas­sen­ger flights to

So­lent Air­port (for­merly Fleet Air Arm base HMS Daedalus) near Gosport in Hamp­shire, with a daily ser­vice from the Chan­nel Is­lands. Sean Wood­ward, leader of Fare­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil which owns the air­field, said: “Al­ready a thriv­ing air­port for pri­vate fly­ers and an in­creas­ing num­ber of

busi­ness peo­ple, es­tab­lish­ing a sched­uled pas­sen­ger ser­vice will open So­lent Air­port up to a whole new range of cus­tomers… We aren’t look­ing to com­pete with Southamp­ton Air­port and wanted to cover a more niche mar­ket that could one day in the fu­ture in­clude flights to the Isle of Man or even short dis­tances to France.” If the pro­posed ser­vice goes ahead, Air Alder­ney will op­er­ate it with B-N Is­landers. Ports of Jersey Au­thor­ity plans to

build three new air­craft hangars at Jersey Air­port, each of 21,500sq ft, to meet in­creas­ing de­mand from lo­cal and vis­it­ing air­craft own­ers. Lee Mccon­nell, Cor­po­rate and Gen­eral Avi­a­tion De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, says: “This sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment by Ports of Jersey is send­ing a pos­i­tive mes­sage to the global busi­ness jet mar­ket of our in­creas­ing con­fi­dence in the cor­po­rate avi­a­tion in­dus­try, which can only im­prove our cred­i­bil­ity and vis­i­bil­ity in­ter­na­tion­ally, which in turn will at­tract more in­ward in­vest­ment, avi­a­tion ac­tiv­ity and lo­cal avi­a­tion sec­tor job growth. We cur­rently have a strong foun­da­tion of pri­vate air­craft based in Jersey, some of which are look­ing for new fa­cil­i­ties. We also ben­e­fit from the is­land’s strate­gic and ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion within two of Europe’s busiest avi­a­tion traf­fic zones — Paris and Lon­don — for cor­po­rate jet traf­fic, and may at­tract ad­di­tional off-is­land air­craft also us­ing our fa­cil­i­ties as a stop-off lo­ca­tion for hangarage and fuel ser­vices.” The CAA has up­dated its lis­ten­ing-out squawks in­tro­duc­ing a num­ber of new codes, and some changes to ex­ist­ing ones. The fol­low­ing new codes, and as­so­ci­ated fre­quen­cies (MHZ), are now op­er­a­tional: Liver­pool: Squawk 5060 on 119.850 Brize Nor­ton: Squawk 3727 on 119.000 Southend: Squawk 5050 on 130.775 The fol­low­ing changes have been made:

Southamp­ton squawk changes from 0011 to 7011 (fre­quency re­mains 120.225)

Bournemout­h as­sumes sole use of 0011 on 119.475

Lu­ton as­sumes sole use of 0013 on 129.550

Stansted changes from 0013 to 7013 (fre­quency re­mains 120.625)

Gatwick changes from 0012 to 7012 (fre­quency re­mains 126.825)

Lon­don City be­comes Thames us­ing 0012 (fre­quency re­mains 132.700)

A com­bined lis­ten­ing squawk and LARS card is avail­able to print and down­load at: airspace­safety.com/lis­ten/ Sig­na­ture Flight Sup­port now of­fers its Sig­na­ture ELITE Class ser­vice at its new Lon­don-lu­ton pri­vate jet ter­mi­nal. It is avail­able to pas­sen­gers de­part­ing on easyjet flights, en­abling them to avoid the com­mer­cial ter­mi­nal. ‘Cus­toms and Im­mi­gra­tion and se­cu­rity screen­ing are per­formed at the fixed-base op­er­a­tion with ex­cep­tional pri­vacy, and cus­tomers en­joy all of the ameni­ties... and can re­lax in well-ap­pointed lux­ury lounges,’ the com­pany says. ‘When de­part­ing for a flight, a Sig­na­ture Flight Sup­port lux­ury ve­hi­cle trans­ports pas­sen­gers di­rectly to the air­craft where they can board at their leisure. Lug­gage is trans­ferred to the air­craft di­rectly by Sig­na­ture staff.’

Adds Evie Free­man, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor for Sig­na­ture Flight Sup­port’s Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa Di­vi­sion: “Cus­tomers can now en­joy an ELITE Class ex­pe­ri­ence nor­mally only avail­able to those util­is­ing pri­vate air­craft. It re­moves the stress of tran­sit­ing the com­mer­cial ter­mi­nal and our staff can ac­com­mo­date pas­sen­gers’ needs in a world-class man­ner. We are ex­cited to bring back the glam­our to com­mer­cial air travel and we look to con­tinue to ex­pand this ser­vice in the fu­ture.”

Big­gin Hill Air­port’s Lon­don Heli Shut­tle ser­vice, op­er­ated by Cas­tle Air, is in­creas­ing its fleet to six Agustawest­land AW109 Grands. Since it was launched in De­cem­ber 2015, the ser­vice has com­pleted 2,500 he­li­copter trans­fers to the Bat­tersea Heli­port, which takes just six min­utes. Big­gin’s Mar­ket­ing man­ager Andy Pat­salides says: “We es­tab­lished our he­li­copter trans­fer fol­low­ing feed­back that our clients wanted the fastest route to cen­tral Lon­don. It’s clear from the pop­u­lar­ity of the ser­vice that we con­tinue to prove our­selves as the pre­ferred busi­ness avi­a­tion gate­way for Lon­don and the City.”

G-ACDC has been on the Tiger Club fleet al­most from the start

Black­pool Coun­cil is now sole owner of Black­pool Air­port

Big­gin Hill to Bat­tersea Heli­port in just six min­utes

So­lent Air­port to re­ceive sched­uled pas­sen­ger flights

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