Civilian Aircraft

Flying Clubs Association

The Flying Clubs Association
The Flying Club meet on Monday evenings from 6.00pm onwards at the Station Gymnasium or Pavilion. There are no restrictions and match fees are £2.00.

Further details can be obtained by contacting:-The PEd staff - Ext 7300

Key Points
There are light aircraft flying clubs at 12 RAF Stations, and the Association has been created to form an alliance between these clubs.

The aim of this Association is to provide all Service personnel, together with affiliated civilians, the opportunity of learning to fly at the lowest practical cost.

The Official inauguration of the Association took place at a Fly-In at RAF Halton Flying Club on 7 July 2001.

Background Information
Light aircraft flying clubs based at RAF Stations have been promoting General Aviation for many years, but their efforts have been largely uncoordinated. Creation of an RAF Association will enhance their profile Service-wide and improve accessibility to flying for Service personnel and affiliated civilians.

The aim of the Association is to provide Servicemen and women, regardless of rank or trade, and affiliated civilians with the opportunity of learning to fly at the lowest practical cost. It will enable improved contact between flying clubs, promote General Aviation within the RAF, encourage the participation of Association members in competitive sport flying contests and enable representation of member clubs at meetings of national aviation bodies.

Membership of Association is open to all Regular, Reserve and Auxiliary Members of the Armed Forces of the Crown, Commonwealth and Allied Forces as well as members of the University Air Squadrons, the Air Training Corps and the Air Section of the Combined Cadet Force. Civilians employed by the Ministry of Defence, partners or dependants of Service personnel and other civilians who make positive contributions to the flying clubs are also eligible. Groups of Service personnel at Stations where there is no flying club, but where block membership of a local civilian flying club is available, may also apply for membership.

Official inauguration of the Association, by AVM P O Sturley, the assistant Chief of the Air Staff and President of the Association, took place during a Fly-In and Activities Day at RAF Halton Flying Club on 7 Jul 01. Members and prospective members of RAF Flying Clubs, were invited to attend.

Flying clubs are established at :
Aktrotiri, Benson, Boscombe Down, Brize Norton (www.rafbrizenorton.com), Coltishall, Henlow (civilian) (www.henlowflyingclub.flyer.co.uk), Marham, Mona (civilian), Kinloss, Leuchars and Wyton (http://www.skygod.plus.com).

Individuals interested in learning to fly, or just seeing what is on offer, should contact their Station Flying Club, or the Club nearest to where they are currently serving.


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