A GREAT UK programme
WE ARE KEEPING OUR PROGRAMME UNDER REVIEW IN LIGHT OF COVID19.
Check out all these events below and come join us when you can!
UK SECTION ANNUAL FLY IN 2021
"The City of Lincoln"
POSTPONED TO 2022!
Our programme will include a tour of the historical centre of Lincoln with tours of the Cathedral and Castle on the Saturday, a visit to the International Bomber Command Centre on the Southern outskirts of the city on the Sunday, a gala dinner on the Saturday Night and the IFFR UK Section AGM. Our base for the weekend will be the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Lincoln.
"Midweek" DAy meetings 2021
Bembridge, IOW (EGHJ) - Saturday 26 June
An ever popular favourite – a trip “across the water” to the Isle of Wight to meet outdoors at Bembridge airport. Your choice of venue for lunch – note, the closest eatery to the airfield is the Propellor Inn, on the edge of the airfield – and then to walk off some good pub grub, a gentle stroll down to the beach for an ice-cream. Max 30 attendees.
Cost: Standard Landing Fee + Your choice of lunch
Host: Brian Harvey
Cark, Cumbria - Saturday 17 July
Fly or drive in to Cark, Grange Over Sands, for a barbecue lunch at the home base of PWP James Alexander. Cark is between Lancaster and Barrow in Furness and on a sunny days offers beautiful views over the Lake District.
Cost: Landing Fee £10 + BBQ Lunch (TBC)
Host: James Alexander
RAF Scampton (EGXP) - Friday 20 August
Details: Fly or drive in to RAF Scampton, home of the Red Arrows, for lunch, followed by a presentation and tour of the RAF Scampton Heritage Centre. RAF Scampton was an important wartime airfield most famously known for the “Dambusters” raid by Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron in the 2nd world war and a home for V Bombers during the cold war. We are hoping to be treated to an air display by the Red Arrows during the day.
Cost: RAF landing fees, lunch, + Heritage Centre admission fee.
Host: Tony Flinn
Beccles, Norfolk (EGSM) - Thursday 9 September
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
RAF Club, London - Wednesday 8 December
We plan to go back to the RAF Club for our Christmas Lunch.
We also anticipate an informal dinner the night before for any members or guests who will be coming to London the day before the lunch.
Further details to follow.
MONTHLY "FIRST THURSDAY" MEETINGS
7.30PM zOOM MEETINGS
Our meetings are at 7.30 pm on the first Thursday of each month using Zoom. Meetings typically last around an hour, and are the opportunity for you 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, do let Webmaster@IFFR.UK know.
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.
1 July 2021
Speaker: Rotarian Pushp Vaid
Topic: A Lucky Escape – on 6 November 1986, Pushp was at the controls of a Chinook helicopter which crashed into the sea off the Shetland Islands. It was the worst ever civilian helicopter crash, in which 45 of the 47 people on board perished.
5 August 2021
Speaker: Rotarian Russ Stein
Topic: Microlights to the Arctic – IFFR UK member Russ will share with us his experiences of leading a group of microlights from the UK to the Arctic Circle in Sweden.
2 September 2021
Speaker: Rotarian Gerd Wengler
Topic: On top of the world – IFFR Canada member Gerd’s account of flying from Canada to Europe, over the north pole.
7 October 2021
Speakers: IFFR UK Members
Topic: IFFR fellowship in 2021 – we plan to share with you our accounts how we have participated in IFFR events in Europe this summer, the flying, the festivities and the fellowship. Find out what you may have missed – or recall fond memories if you were there
4 November 2021
Speaker: Rotarian Ray Butterworth
Topic: Last Days of the V-Force. During his time in the RAF, Ray flew both the Vulcan and the Victor aircraft and will share with us memories of them.
2 December 2021
Speaker: Rotarian Nathalie Chudiak
Topic: Jumping out of perfectly serviceable airplanes – IFFR Benelux member Nathalie, current chair of the Federation of European Women Pilots, is a pre-eminent parachutist with over 1,000 jumps around the world, culminating in her parachuting onto the South Pole