Members ideas are always welcomed. The most popular
ideas are for tours in various parts of the world, and over
the years we have visited many countries in this way. Currently
there are three such tours "on the books". Members may join
in at any stage in an appropriate aircraft. The usual
Club banter on TeamSpeak is an integral part of these tours,
and cements the social side of the Club, in spite of Members' scattered
locations across the world.
Open Cockpit Over Africa
The 1930's saw many aviators seeking routes for their
country's fledgling airlines. Spurred on by the demand
for fast and reliable conveyance of passengers and
mail, mainly between Britain and it's Colony's. Simultaneously
rich financiers were offering large sums of money
for record breaking flights, e.g. London to Sydney
and London to Cape Town. One
such epic flight of exploration was made by a young South African
pilot, Victor Smith, who was a pioneer of African
air-routes. Flying a Gypsy-engined De Havilland Moth
of 100 horse power, modified with extra fuel tanks
to increase range, this intrepid aviator took off
from Cape Town to fly, day and night, the length
of the African continent, then Europe to arrive in
London, attempting to break the Capetown to London
This is a tour to visit all the State capitals in the contiguous
USA and collect a souvenir from each. You can stop off at intermediate
stops, you just have to visit each State capital at some point. Here
is a list. To start, fly into the USA from Canada to the first capital city of Augusta, Maine. You must of course fly a light aircraft - no skipping round in executive jets!
US Mail 1918-1927
This long range event is a recreation of
the epic flights of the early US postal air service. The web
page is here: http://www.airmailpioneers.org/index.htm. The
flights were made in the Curtiss Jenny aeroplane (download).
It was a typical aircraft of the day and had no brakes, no
flaps and no airspeed indicator. Apart from a magnetic compass,
it had no navigational instruments, The entire route is approximately
2429 nm, and it took the pilots some 25 hours flying time to
complete the journey. The full time elapsed for the west bound
flights were in the region of 35 hours using several pilots
and two overnight stops. Later on, night flights were inaugurated
and proved to be successful.
Take off from Deadhorse, Alaska (PASC), and fly 14,000 miles
to Ushuaia International (SAWH). You are allowed to stop
at intermediate airfields on the way! Club members have flown
this route both north to south, and south to north. There is
much spectacular scenery en route, as well as some boring deserts.
Get your Cix on Route 66
If 14,000 miles is a bit long, try this one. Route 66
crosses the USA from Chicago to Los Angeles, a distance of
2448 miles. Ed Sterling has written on the Club forum some
fascinating stories about the history of the pioneers who pioneered
the exploration of America's west and you can land at small
airstrips and absorb the atmosphere outlined in his stories.
The original 93 UK Farms Strips developed by Gerry Winskill, and the 10 developed by Pete Chapman, have been re-organised. The Farm Strips page gives the complete itinerary in groups, starting from Gloucestershire, and finishing eventually at Biggin Hill. A more formal start was made in January 2015. Usually two groups were assigned each month. Monthly assignments were shown on the Locations page, and details were discussed in the forum. Whilst that cycle has been completed, it is still possible to make your way round the planned route.