2024
UK SECTION EVENTS

A GREAT UK programme

Let’s fly together, get together and have fun together!
Check out below all the events we’ve got planned and come join us whenever you can.
Come by plane, come by car or come by train!
With events in the north, south, east and west, there are meetings for everyone based in the UK!

UK SECTION ANNUAL FLY IN 2024

LEICESTER (EGBG)
21 - 23 JUNE 2024

Our UK Section Fly/Drive In Weekend will be on Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2024 (with the option to arrive on Thursday 20 June).

After flying or driving in to Leicester airport, our base for the weekend will be the Leicester Novotel.  We have a great range of visits lined up including looking to the past and looking to the stars, and a fantastic gala dinner!

One Day Meetings 2024

Sandown, Isle of Wight (EGHN)
Easter Saturday 30 March

Fly or drive in to Sandown for an Easter barbecue lunch in Hangar No 3 (the Green tin one), home of the Cromati Squadron .
The Aviation Museum next door is also well worth a visit.
Easter Monday (1 April) will be the back-up day if it doesn’t look like being VFR on the Saturday.   
There is a Premier Inn very close to the airport if you want to stay over to make a weekend of it.

Host: Mike Cromati

Skegness, Lincolnshire (ZZZZ)
Wednesday 24 April

Fly or drive in to Skegness airport, located only a very short distance from the East Coast for a seaside social get together. The beach is only a 15 – 20 minute walk away.  Details on the delightful Skegness Airfield at www.skegnessairfield.co.uk (PPR required). Here’s hoping to see many of our members from the Midlands and East Anglia.

Cost: Standard landing fee (approx £10), & lunch.
Host: Peter Jude

Perth, Scotland (EGPT)
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 May

Having headed South and East, in May we head north of the border.  In addition to our main weekend meeting in June, we are planning a short, casual get together in Scotland in May.  Perth is one of the nicest and friendliest GA airfields and comes with lodges on site for us to stay in. If flying north, Perth will be a great base for doing so more exploring in Scotland if you would like – maybe Oban, or Glenforsa (Mull) for Sunday lunch.    
For those living north of the border, we would love you to join us by air or by car.
Back up dates if VFR weather not forecast – 18 and 19 May

Cost: TBC – but will be good value.
Host: Bill Montgomery

South Wales Air Museum, St. Athan, Wales (EGSY)
Saturday 27 July

In July we continue our tour of Great Britain, with a fly/drive in to St Athan, just west of Cardiff to visit the South Wales Air Museum. We will arrive in time for an early lunch, then have a two hour guided tour of the hangar and exhibition rooms.
During the hangar tour; you will be able to sit in airliners & helicopters, visit flight decks and sit in the pilot’s seats of fast jets. In our exhibition rooms you will see aviation artefacts, aircraft models and other historical displays.
With good road access, we hope this will appeal to a broad range of members from the south and west, as well as the pilot.

Cost: Landing Fee (approx £15) + Lunch + Group Tour cost: £12.50pp
Host: George Ritchie

Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire (EGBW)
Saturday 17 August

Fly or drive in to another great GA airfield. Aim to arrive by 11.30 to join us for a visit to the Wellesbourne Wartime Museum.
We will lunch in the airfield cafe between 12.30 and 13.15.
At 13.30 we will visit the Avro Vulcan XM655 – still capable of engine runs to take off speed on the Wellesbourne runway.
The Vulcan  which will be open especially for us, power applied and systems tested.

Cost: Standard Landing fee.  Museum: £2. Vulcan visit: £10. Lunch
Host: Mike Cromati

De-Havilland Aircraft Museum, London Colney, Herts
Saturday 28 September

To end the season, we will be visiting the De Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney, which is just off the M25, close to St. Albans. The nearest airports are Elstree and Denham, and it may be possible to arrange ground transport from there for any who wish to fly in.  We are planning arrival at the museum around 11.30, for a noon fish & chips lunch, followed by a guided tour starting at 14.00. 
In the museum, there are cockpits to see, the prototype Mosquito and restoration work you can see up close.

Cost: Lunch £15ph + Admission & Group Visit fee £20ph
Host: George Ritchie

RAF CLUB CHRISTMAS LUNCH
11 DECEMBER 2024

The IFFR(UK) Christmas lunch will once again be held at the RAF Club, Piccadilly, London.

After gathering at noon for a drink’s reception in the Churchill Bar, our traditional Christmas Lunch will be served at 1300hrs in the Sovereign’s Room on the first floor.

All UK members and their guests are welcome, as are members from Continental European and other International Sections of IFFR.

Note: Places will only be secured by registration and payment in advance.