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!
UK SECTION ANNUAL FLY IN 2023
"THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND" 22 - 24 SEPTEMBER
You are invited to join us for our main annual meeting, a weekend event from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September. Our base for the weekend will be Rochester Airport (EGTO), Kent: a great GA airfield and easily accessible by car or rail. We will visit Leeds Castle, the Greenwich Observatory and the Cutty Sark, with our Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening. This will be a great opportunity for fellowship and flying with IFFR friends from the UK and Europe.
Our base for the weekend will be the Bridgewood Manor Hotel, close to Rochester Airport.
One Day Meetings 2023
Sandown, Isle of Wight (EGHN)
Saturday 29 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 is also well worth a visit.
May Bank Holiday Monday (1 May) 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
East Kirkby, Lincolnshire (ZZZZ)
Tuesday 6 June
Fly or drive in to East Kirby, the home of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum. It has a truly unique collection of WW2 aircraft
– indeed, its the only place in the world where you can experience a running Lancaster and Mosquito together.
We are going on a Tuesday so you can see the Avro Lancaster NX811 “Just Jane” doing taxi runs at 11am or 13.30.
Our weather back-up day is Thursday 8 June, when the Lancaster will again be doing taxi runs.
Cost: Standard landing fee, museum entry fee & lunch in the NAAFI canteen!
Host: Peter Jude
Lee on Solent, Hampshire (EGHF)
Saturday 1 July
This is one of the nicest airfields in the country – just a few minutes walk from the seaside, and with an interesting history.
Fly or drive in for lunch and a visit to the Hovercraft Museum on the site.
Cost: Standard Landing Fee + Lunch
Host: Feroz Wadia
Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire (EGBW)
Saturday 22 July
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
Little Gransden, Cambridgeshire (EGMJ)
Sunday 27 August
Celebrating 30 years of Fundraising for Children In Need, the 2023 air and car show will be a great family day out with something for everyone.
Gates open at 10am and flying starts at 1.30pm.You will need to arrange PPR well in advance – and no movements during the airshow
Cost £26.00pp (over 65s – £21, under 5s – free): book online
Host: George Ritchie
RAF CLUB CHRISTMAS LUNCH
13 DECEMBER 2023
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.