16/12/06 and 17/12/06
We were invited to pay Santa a visit at Rovaniemi (EFRO) in Finland. Scenery and charts were available via the Finnish VACC web site.
Grand Opening of Members' Bar Extension
Peter Dodds suggested that we all fly in to Gloucestershire on the night of the Grand Opening of our Members' Bar Extension. Starting from other airports, we planned to arrive at EGBJ at about 2130z. It did get a bit busy in the circuit, and a bit crowded on the tarmac. Another very enjoyable session, and there were seats for everyone in the bar.
East Anglian VFR Night
A return trip to Norwich, routing via Southend, Clacton, and Beccles, to Norwich. Returning over Bury St Edmunds, via Cambridge, Luton, and Stapleford. It was a longish trip so it was best to start early and get out one of your faster aircraft if you hoped to complete it. This event was organised in conjunction with the Essex RTS. The outbound Briefing Document and the return Briefing Document were prepared by Tony Driver.
19/09/06 to 03/10/06
We made an extended trip to Ireland. Some started from Gloucestershire, others from Biggin Hill to assemble at Liverpool before the event. Starting from Liverpool on 26th September we crossed the Irish Sea, calling at Weston, west of Dublin, and on to Galway. Tim Arnot provided routing details for the outbound Briefing Document. Stephen Naughton provided some information about Flying to Galway. A few of us did some local flying in the Galway area during the week. The return trip to Gloucestershire was on 3rd October, via Waterford, and Haverfordwest. Tim Arnot provided routing details for the return Briefing Document. Peter Dodds provided some general information about what to look for en route. Additional details were provided for club members in the forum.
Bill Casey's Sywell Airshow
We took part in the airshow organised by Bill Casey at Sywell. This was his second Airshow and was very popular. We flew our vintage aircraft for this event, two Tiger Moths, two Chipmunks, a Beech 18, and a Spitfire. Some of us managed to demonstrate our aerobatic skills.
Microlights in Kent
We flew our new microlight aircraft instead of the usual ones for this regular meeting night at Biggin Hill. However, no circuits at Biggin - to avoid causing problems for faster visitors. (We will visit some farm strips in a future event.)
Tim Arnot helped to plan a club visit to his local area. It started and ended at Gloucestershire airport. Tim provided routing and descriptive text for the Briefing Document.
Exeter and the South West
13/04/06, 20/04/06, 27/04/06, and 04/05/06
Starting on the 13th from our Biggin Hill base, we headed south to clear the Gatwick zone, then turned west to Southampton. After a short break, we continued our flight to Exeter. The outbound Briefing Document was prepared by Tony Driver. On 20th there was a trip from Exeter to the Scilly Isles, with a touch and go at Lands End. The Scilly Isles Briefing Document was prepared by Tony Driver. On 27th we spent some time looking around the Devon and North Cornwall area. We went from Exeter to Plymouth, Bodmin, Lundy, then back to Exeter. The Briefing Document for this event was prepared by Pete Chapman. The return trip was on the 4th May, starting from Exeter, routing via Bristol, and passing between the Heathrow and Gatwick zones. We were joined by some members of Dan Adam's VBFC, aka Clifton Flyers on this, our return flight to Biggin Hill. The Briefing Document for the return to Biggin Hill was prepared by Tony Driver.