Lee Flying Association Fly-In - 9 July 2011

Led by Peter Bentley we enjoyed a LFA Fly-In which was a great success on many levels. Just some of the highlights...

Safety - Always top of any aviation agenda: zero incidents, no infringements of Solent Controlled airspace and a newly painted ‘centreline’ at “T hangar taxiway to aid visiting pilots”.

50+ Visiting aircraft - from near and far, spanning vintage, warbird, microlight, complex singles and latest Tecnam twin. Weather inland deterred some visitors, according to one pilot who drove down instead from Little Rissington, Oxfordshire.

Static Display -   Over a dozen resident aircraft owners displayed their aircraft in the static park for the public to view close up. These included a resident WW2 Harvard trainer aircraft (these trained many a allied fighter pilot) and the resident “D-Day” Auster which was actually used as an observation/communications aircraft at both D-Day and at Arnhem during WW2.

Exhibitors – Atlas Helicopters, Gosport Aviation Society, Hampshire Aeroplane Club, LFA, Phoenix Aviation, Solent Aeromodelers, Solent Aviation Art Society, Solent Microlight Group, SEEDA, Royal Institute of Navigation, Tigers Children’s Motorcycle Team. (PNGC were invited but short of kit to fly let alone exhibit).

Public Access – Vintage buses running to and from Seafront turned heads and provided free access to see the aircraft and exhibitors.

Local Leader Relations – Hosted by Lee Flying Association : Local MP Caroline Dinenage, Fareham and Gosport Councillors including Cllr Seán Woodward and Cllr John Beavis; and BN CEO William Hynett. All enjoyed the event and seeing airfield in full swing. "I was also impressed by the great success of the fly-in organised by the Lee Flying Association at the Daedalus Airfield. People flew their planes from all over the country to the event, demonstrating what a relevant and viable airfield we have right here on our doorstep" - Caroline Dinenage MP.

Flying Lessons – Nedas Aviation (Hangar H) sponsored flying lessons for local leaders and other participants which were given by a Cirrus UK flying instructor in a Cirrus SR20.

Airfield Teamwork– LFA teamwork with Fly-BN and GVA/SEEDA enabled use of runway 17/35 for visitor parking and pedestrian access through the blue fence opposite hangar B. Successful teamwork with all other airfield tenants, including CHC SAR flew a welcome “Wave-by” of Hangar B mid-afternoon! Fantastic air-ground radio service provided by Fly-BN’s James and Amy from the Control Tower. Many thanks all for their support/participation in making this an enjoyable and memorable event.

Fly-In Photos 9 July 2011

 Trevor Carpenter took a number of photos of arrivals at the Fly-In, which can be viewed here. He's kindly offerred to forward the full-sized image file to any pilot on request. You can e-mail him at trevorc28a (at) gmail.com

Bob Wealthy has supplied a collection of photos also which will be uploaded as soon as time permits.