Fly-In 18 Sep 2010 - Another Good Day for Daedalus

The weather-gods were very generous for the 2nd LFA fly-in at Daedalus Airfield and the Hovercraft Museum's Open Day.

Fly-in aircraft numbers were limited to thirty as this was the first LFA fly-in taking place on a gliding day. A rule of thumb for fly-ins like these is that there will be 30% no-shows on the day for various reasons. The weather was so good twenty-nine of the thirty aircraft made it, with the furthest coming from Coventry.

Terry and Daniella Lawson provided a free vintage bus service between the Museum and Hangar B. Their bus "Ivy" took visiting pilots and passengers to see the worlds largest collection of hovercraft, and brought between 250-300 local people to see the visiting aircraft. This is the first time for at least 14 years that the public have been able to access the airside parts of Daedalus Airfield - an opportunity which was much appreciated judging by the many favourable comments received and overheard on the bus back to the museuem!

LFA member John Russell operated his Cessna 182R Amphibian Floatplane from the hovercraft slipway for most of the day, coming back to re-fuel on the airfield as needed.








Floatplane operations were a very unusual and popular spectacle for visitors to the sea-front. If you are interested in future visits contact The Seaplane Club. Below: A Blackburn Shark is winched up the slipway in the 1930's. (Floatplane photos by/via Bob Wealthy, Solent Aeromarine Enterprises).



Solent Microlight Group Air-Experience Flights

"During the Lee-on-the-Solent Festival the Solent Microlight Group provided information on microlighting and invited any members of the public interested in experience flights to give some contact details.

Above: As part of the LFA Fly-In these local residents were visited to learn more about the various uses ofthe airfield and to have an experience flight in either a flex wing or three axis (fixed wing) microlight. Solent Microlight Group gave a number of guests their first ever flights.

Above: Interestingly most opted for flex-wing flights and the pilots who gave flights were rarely waiting for passengers. Although the principal objective was to support the LFA and flying at Daedalus a number of guests donated to this years charity for the Hampshire Microlight Flying Club, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance charity. At least one of the visitors said she would go on to take flying lessons!

Quite a few of the visitors to the LFA Fly In also visited SMG at M hangar for a chat about microlights and we were very pleased to see them and discuss our branch of flying with them." John Hudson, SMG Member

Below: Visiting aircraft by Thomas Butts

Below: Aerial View of the Fly-In, by Wendy Bentley

Also visiting us over the long weekend were visitors from Oban, Scotland paying a visit to the south coast and the Goodwood Revival. We know who you are! ;-)


MCA/CHC Helicopters appeared to be enjoying a Families Day, with a number of flights running throughout the day


Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club had a good day too, with soaring conditions and finishing off an instructors course that had been delayed by poor weather earlier in the week. All in all it was one of the best days of the year weather wise, and probably the busiest at Daedalus for quite some time while. The Daedalus Air-Ground Radio was manned by Martin Heneghan and Gerry Holden of PNGC who did a great job - Thank You! Interested in some part-time at Swanwick? ;-)

Thanks also to Bob Wealthy and Pete Stanton who displayed the LFA posters at the Gosport Aviaiton Society  display at the Hovercraft Museum.

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Congratulations to the LFA Fly-In Team led by Peter Bentley which made this happen, in particular Frank Thompson (below right ) who was Peter's right hand man all day and had handled all the PPR requests, Caroline Rabson who took care of Booking In, and our Marshalling Team who made it work on the day.


Special mention also for Ed Holmes for his pivotal contributions organising the catering, putting the clubhouse toilet into service (we needed that!), grass-cutting of the parking areas and helping set-up on the day - before unfortunately having to leave for a funeral and missing the event himself.


Above: The "End of Day" Crew. (Photo: Paul Sengupta)

Once again Many Thanks to everyone who helped

- these events are very much a team sport!

If you are a local person with an interest in aviation, the airfield or flying please feel free to get in touch with the Lee Flying Association or contact any of the organisations providing opportunities at Daedalus Airfield.