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A GREAT UK programme

We’re flying again!  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.


“The City of Lincoln”
24 – 26 June 2022


We will meet at Sturgate aerodrome in time for lunch on Friday. After lunch we will visit the International Bomber Command Centre on the Southern outskirts of the city before being taken to our hotel in Lincoln for dinner. Our base will be the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.  Saturday will be spent in the historical centre of Lincoln with tours of the Cathedral and Castle after which we will have our gala dinner in the evening. We will also hold the IFFR UK Section AGM over the course of the weekend. 


One Day Meetings 2022

Sandown, Isle of Wight (EGHN) – Saturday 30 April

Fly or drive in to Sandown for a barbecue lunch in Hangar No 3 (the Green tin one), home of the Cromati Squadron .
The Aviation Museum next door – well worth a visit – will be open especially for us.
The Sunday and May Bank Holiday Monday will be back-up days 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, and we will arrange a restaurant for the evening.
Cost: Landing fees reduced from £18 to £15 when mentioning Rotary IFFR.
Host: Mike Cromati

Beccles, Norfolk (EGSM) – Saturday 16 July

Beccles has benefited from significant investment, including a resurfaced runway, and has a first class cafe – a great destination for a GA pilot. 
Fly or drive in for a buffet lunch, and enjoy a talk/tour on this former WWII airfield. 
Cost: Standard Landing Fee + Lunch (TBC)
Host: John Raven

Stow Maries, Essex (ZZZZ) – Friday 29 July

Stow Maries, near Maldon, has Europe’s largest surviving group of RFC buildings on a WW1 airfield, and a great collection of WW1 exhibits. 
Fly or drive in in time for lunch, which will be provided, followed by a tour of the Exhibition.
If the runways (550m and 640m) are too short – transport can be provided from Michael Pudney’s private farm strip nearby. 
Cost £22.50pp plus landing fee.
Host: John Booth

And more dates and venues to follow shortly!

We are planning several more one day visits this year, including to Biggin Hill, Kent and Stow Maries, the Great War aerodrom near Maldon, Essex, . 
If there are places you’d like to go, or if you can host us at a venue near you, do please let us know by email to webmaster@iffr.uk


Our meetings are at 7.30 pm on the first Thursday of alternate months using Zoom.  Meetings typically last around an hour, and are the opportunity for you to hear from great speakers from around the world and to find out what’s been happening, what’s planned and what’s new news in the IFFR and aviation world.  Forthcoming meetings are shown below

If you have a story to tell at one of our meetings, let us know by email to Webmaster@IFFR.UK

If you have missed a meeting and want to see the replay on YouTube, contact Webmaster@IFFR.UK. 

If you are interested in trying IFFR, send us a message using the contact form and you can join us for one of these meetings.

3 February 2022

Speaker: Rotarian Nathalie Chudiak, IFFR Benelux, Chair of the Federation of European Women Pilots.
Nathalie has had a 30 year love of skydiving, and has made over 1,000 jumps all around the world.  She will tell us about 30 years of skydiving, from round canopies to square ones, skydives all over the world from Pole to Pole, from high jumps to low ones, accuracy, style and formation jumps, demonstration and record jumps, from jumps in minus 20 to plus 43 degrees C, a few medals and awards and a lot of wonderful memories of unforgettable jumps!. 

7 April 2022

Speaker: Rotarian Tim Pinkney, IFFR Americas (South West),  NASA Solar System Ambassador.
At age 13, Tim saw his first rocket launch and was hooked on space and he set the goal to become an astronaut. That dream may be fulfilled in a couple of years when he plans to be launched from Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship III, as it rockets into space and he experiences 6 minutes of weightlessness, simultaneously earning his FAA astronaut wings. Tonight his talk “The Webb Space Telescope – Our New Eye on the Universe” will tell us about the largest, most powerful and complex telescope ever built and launched into space and how it will solve mysteries of our solar system, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it

2 June 2022

Speaker: Rotarian Al Clayton, IFFR Alaska Section Leader
Al will be sharing with us his experiences of living, working, playing and flying in Alaska.  Al flies a Piper Cub on floats in the summer, and on skis in winter, landing on glaciers, frozen rivers and lakes, and keeping his rifle strapped to the wings of his Cub in case of bears.  Al  received approval from the US Forest Service for his request for $50,000 to improve and expand the small airstrip just north and east of the Childs glacier’s massive face.  Truly exciting flying in the wilderness amongst incredibly beautiful – and challenging – landscapes. 


4 August 2022

Speaker: TBA
Topic:  TBA.

6 October 2022

Speakers: IFFR UK Members
Topic:  IFFR fellowship in 2022 – we wil share with you our accounts of how we have participated in IFFR events around the world this summer, the flying, the festivities and the fellowship. Find out what you may have missed – or recall fond memories if you were there.

1 December 2022

Speaker: TBA
Topic:  TBA

14 DECEMBER 2022

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, lunch will be served at 1300hrs in the Sovereign’s Room on the first floor.

Our Christmas Menu this year will be:
• Cream of Parsnip, celery and apple soup, honey and chive sour cream
• Roast Norfolk Turkey
• Christmas pudding and brandy sauce
• Coffee, mince pies, and stollen

The cost of the meal including the welcome drink and wine with the meal is £85.00 per person.

After lunch Neil Cloughley, CEO & Founder of Faradair®, will speak to us. For over 20 years Neil has been a passionate entrepreneur in the aviation sector. Faradair® has established itself as one of the most exciting new aerospace companies in the UK. It has been a pioneer in the hybrid/electric flight sector through its development of a multi-role aircraft called the ‘BEHA’ (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft). We look forward to hearing from Neil.

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. 

All applications must be received by 1400hrs 1 December 2022.