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And so it was on Friday 7th June 2013, we attempted a fly out to Alderney. After much flight ... more
Leaving the Ops girls behind, the little group took to the skies and returned several hours later after a great flight and some light refreshments. It was duly noted that the request of gifts made by the Ops team was ignored, as the lovely girls are still waiting for their presents! Maybe next time?!
Talking of next time, the next fly out is scheduled for Friday 19th July with the destination earmarked as Sywell. Anyone interested in joining the fly out should contact Chris directly via firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday 17th May 2013, an eager group of pilots started congregating at Compton Abbas Airfield for ... more
After lots of sharing of information, route and weather discussion, a group of resident and club aircraft took to the skies and set off to the North!
The weather proved to be a little unfavourable so sadly not all of the aircraft got to their final destination. A couple had to make alternative plans and have a separate adventure. Those that did make it all the way, spent a few hours wandering around and looking at the amazing array of aircraft that are housed there, as well as having time for a spot of lunch.
The Compton based aircraft started to return back to base with the ever loving Ops Team counting them back in one by one.
The next adventure is a fly out to Alderney; interested folk should contact Chris at email@example.com to book a place!
And so it was on the first Monday in April that a lucky group of Comptonites got to visit NATS Swanwick. ... more
The group received a demonstration of iFACTS (Interim Future Area Control Tools Support) which is the recently implemented advanced support tools for controllers to use, enabling them to increase the amount of traffic that they can comfortably handle without the use of paper strips.
The remainder of the visit was spent in D&D and London Information and many useful top tips were gleaned, here are just a few that you may find useful:
- The frequency for London Information in our area is 124.75 and 124.6 East of the Goodwood/Midhurst area.
- London Information can rapidly pass weather to pilots using information from several sources, including small aerodromes.
- They are happy to pass operational messages for pilots and can provide the latest Danger Area information, i.e. opening times and whether active or not.
- Pilots can use the service to practice RT, to include position reporting.
- Pilots are encouraged to call London Information rather than ‘be lonely’ in the cockpit or just to maintain a listening watch; you don’t have to give them the full spiel. (Farnborough West are on 125.25 and Farnborough North on 132.8 both use a listening squawk of 4572).
Distress and Diversion Cell
- The frequency for London Centre is 121.5.
- D&D are always ready to provide you with a service if you wish to make a practice PAN call, or if you would like a training fix.
- They still use radio triangulation and sometimes they use the squawk method.
- If you squawk 7500, 7600 or 7700 then a klaxon goes off and position lines automatically triangulate to a flat screen map. The map can be zoomed in to various types, even to an OS 50,000 or an AA roadmap. D&D would then assist you to the nearest and safest aerodrome.
- If you are lost (you can squawk 0030) then you should always call them to save the situation from deteriorating, i.e. infringing controlled airspace. Do not turn your squawk off but call someone straight away. You may be asked to call an Air Traffic Control Centre and asked to comply with headings given. Hopefully, the CAA will not admonish anyone; they would just want to know why the infringement happened in order to help prevent it from happening again in the future.
- If you are without an engine over water then you can be steered to a position that a ship was in minutes earlier in order to be on hand in the event of ditching (using ships AIS website - http://www.shipais.com/index.php)
A huge thank you goes to David Pulman at NATS Swanwick who hosted the visit for us. David gave a very interesting and insightful tour and was an excellent ambassador for NATS.
Today, 7th April, was new club member Janices' first time flying in a South Easterly at Compton in her ... more
After a huge amount of interest, a merry band of Compton members were lucky ... more
- Solent Radar welcome pilot’s to call them up on the radio rather skirt around the edges of the zone. Even flying on the edge of the Southampton zone can cause the controllers to have to take precautionary action with traffic within the zone.
- Solent Radar are happy for aircraft to transit the zone and will provide a service subject to controller workload.
- When changing your squawk, make sure that you go from Alt to standby to change the transponder code.
- If you are under a service from Solent Radar make sure you tell them that you are leaving the zone and changing frequency. If you don’t then they have to go to the trouble of trying to track down that you have landed which increases their work!
All in all, a very interesting, informal and worthwhile visit was had by all.
Sticky Vicky (ably assisted by her beautiful Welsh helper Glenda) welcomed everyone to the airfield on a very ... more
Bingo! House! Hangar?! These were the words that could be heard shouted out by our very competitive members as the five rounds of Bingo were played out in the restaurant. There were some very lucky prize winners, all taking a delightful Compton souvenir for their homes.
After the raucous Bingo had finished, Sticky held a raffle and several lucky members won some lovely prizes from yummy cake, chocolates and alcohol to tea/coffee and cake vouchers in our very own restaurant. Sadly there is always a booby prize – a couple of old beer tankards!
I think it’s safe to say that the evening was a great success if you measure these things by the laugh-o-meter readings! Keep your eyes peeled for the next club event – you never know what we might arrange next!
Our lucky Compton members were offered the chance of having a go in a ... more
Each member had thirty minutes at the controls receiving instruction from our very own Compton member, Dean Hillier. Dean is a serving Captain on B747s for a Cathay Pacific. After thirty minutes in the hot seat, each member then took to one of the three jump seats to watch their other colleagues take command of the aircraft.
On receiving some rather excitable feedback from the lucky few, it is quite apparent that the experience is absolutely amazing and one definitely not to forget in a hurry.
One of our members, Dr Peter Mounce said, “It’s a bit different landing at 150 knots and with 250 tonnes behind you! The movement in the sim is just like the real thing would be with acceleration/deceleration forces. On one landing when using air brakes and reverse thrust I was filming through the video camera from a rear seat and nearly shot forward off of the chair!”
Following his evening on the flight simulator club member Alan Eveleigh said, “Firstly a big thank you to Dean, what a great guy for making this possible. He pitched the evening at the perfect level delivering expert tuition, humour and taking questions in his stride - a true professional, and my new super hero! And of course with the combination of what has to be simply the best flying club to be part of has made it a truly memorable occasion. I have attended many club evenings and taken part in a few outings as well, and have to say how well you guys do it all for us. We are lucky to have amongst our club, some very generous people who are prepared to put themselves out for the enjoyment of others, who share the same passion. Thank you seems too little, but so heart felt.”
This activity could be booked again there is sufficient interest. So if you think that you might be interested, then just drop Vicky and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a link to an article written by our very own club member Tim Jackson (or 'Le Bee' as he is know ... more
Great reading and some spectacular photographs...
At last the 1st of December had arrived along with the long awaited event of the year! Hangar ... more
Bang on the dot of seven o’clock a rush of thigh slapping, gun swinging cowboys and cowgirls arrived (oh, and a man on a horse too!) After a delicious meal of lasagne and garlic bread the band started limbering up and the real merriment began! It was great to see so many of our members ‘taking their partners by the hand’ and swinging the night away, stripping the willow, partaking in the Sicilian set and generally having a jolly good time. Even though the temperature outside was minus five, those of us that were skipping and flouncing around the dance floor managed to keep ourselves warm (oh, and the alcohol helped a bit too!!)
The evening absolutely flew by and before we knew it we were on our last dance and sadly on our way home. Thank you to all of you who came to our party, we hope you all had a great time. Keep your eyes peeled for our 2013 events, coming soon to a website near you!
On Vicky’s birthday (9th November – just in case you didn’t know this gives you ... more
The intrepid explorers were fortunate to have a good flying day and after all the necessary pre-flight checks, flight plans and GAR's, said a fond farewell to Compton Ops and set off in a southerly direction. After 1.2 hours of flying and a lot of boat spotting later, the merry band finally touched down in Alderney. After a quick check in with flight clearance and a bit of form filling the explorers decided to hire a taxi in order to have a whistle stop sightseeing tour of the island.
The return leg was a tad quicker at just an hour, with the aid of a southerly tailwind. G-BPCK arrived home safe and sound and all the better for her travels.
On arrival back at Compton, Mike stated that although the thought of crossing the channel and flying Special VFR in Class A airspace was intimidating, it was actually very straightforward and highly recommended it to other members.
Anyone interested in following in Mike’s shoes and having a trip across the Channel with the aid of an instructor should contact Chris via email@example.com.
On a very cold and dark evening all was quiet apart from the sound of car engines climbing the hill to ... more
With Little Miss Hughes as the ‘comedic compere’ the evening commenced with tables of six willing competitors on each team. A six discreetly covered bottles of wine were circulated, one behind the other, with a little drop being poured into eagerly awaiting receptacles. Once slurped, swizzled and downed (rather than politely deposited in a spittoon!) the teams had to listen to the ‘three wise monkeys’ (two wine experts and our very own Mr Hughes) who tried to convince us that they knew what each wine was and where it came from. After trying three whites and three reds, team scores were announced and it was quite clear that apart from one group who must have been cheating, most of us knew very little about what we were drinking!
A huge thank you must extend to all three judges for making the evening so entertaining. Particular thanks must go to Simon and Bryn from St Aubyn Leschallas Wines Ltd who not only gave up their spare time to entertain us but also provided all of the wines for the evening. Anyone wishing to purchase any wine should quote ‘Compton Abbas Airfield Call My Bluff Evening’. Simon and Bryn can be contacted via their website www.slwines.co.uk
Just one of the benefits of having many lovely club members here at Compton Abbas Airfield is that it provides us ... more
The visits proved extremely popular with members at Compton hence the requirement to accommodate them all over two days. Our member Brian Ringrose hosted the visit providing an informative and impressive visit which was greatly appreciated. Several members commented on the atmosphere within the tower, saying how calm and peaceful it was. All were very impressed with the view over the airfield and even managed to time their visit to coincide with the new A380 taking off!
It was on a bright and sunny Friday morning that the car park gates were opened and a hoard of eager pilots ... more
After much deliberation and cogitation over maps, a mass exodus took place as twelve aircraft departed the skies of Compton to the North.
The chicks put in a call to Ops a while later to inform them that the merry brood had safely arrived at Bruntingthorpe. From here on in all was quiet until the Comptonites could be heard one by one calling up on Mother Hen’s radio on their return leg.
So what did the flock do all day at Bruntingthorpe?
Well, for those of you that didn’t know, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome is the home of the Cold War Jet Collection including a Victor, Hunter, Canberra, Comet, Sea Vixen, Super Guppy and much much more. As you can imagine the troops had a whale of a time getting up close and personal with these amazing aircraft.
The merry band also managed to make time for a spot of lunch before setting off on the return leg back home.
Mother Hen welcomed and counted them all back in one by one, pleased to see her flock safely returned. Much laughter and merriment could be heard at the Ops Desk signalling a great day had by all!
Here’s looking forward to the next adventure….
On the evening of 22nd August a small group of Compton members gathered at the Particle Accelerator in ... more
We were told to report to reception at 1815 sharp, given a brief but informative talk (with pictures) of what the particle accelerator does, and how it is used in today’s world. From an in depth understanding of the structure of human DNA, learning and researching cancer prevention and cures, to developing cheaper solar roofing panels – it was all fascinating.
Then for the exciting bit; we were given a tour of the actual accelerator (can you believe us lot were let loose in there?!) - luckily it had been shut down for most of the month, so we could go inside. After going through three security doors, we entered into the small passage way, safe guarded by 7 foot thick concrete. Once inside the building we could see the inner workings of the accelerator – hundreds of magnets surrounding a metal pipe; it came as quite a surprise that the pipe that carries the electrons at the speed of light is just 1 inch in diameter!
It turned out to be an extremely interesting and exciting visit, and something that not many people can say they’ve done! A massive thanks to Emma Jones (Compton member and Pilot) for organising a rare and electrifying trip.
At last… a lovely hot spell of summer weather! Fortunately our fly out and summer camp over was ... more
After the successful fly out we kept the airfield open a little while longer in order to welcome some late flying for our members. A couple of individuals took us up on the offer including our very own Emma from Ops. Although there was a slight breeze it was a beautiful flying evening. And finally a gaggle of members gathered to take part in a barbecue and some chit chat and Larry at last took centre stage and provided a very tasty end to the day!
Here at Compton we like to keep our members motivated. Read below the email sent out by the Compton Boss in an ... more
"Wet, wet, wet.
Apparently there has been a smidgen of precipitation recently. For me I rather thought there was a hint of dampness in the air. However, yet another planned activity (the aerobatics competition) has been abandoned this week-end due to what the organizers say was poor weather! Actually we only had an inch of rain on the day and we could see for over a quarter of a mile with a good one hundred foot cloud base. We did have hangar one flood to a depth of approximately four inches, but this was only for the three hours it took us to pump it out!
So, due to the perceived wet weather we have introduced a number of extra activities for you.
The Compton over eighties nudist water polo team:
We still have a few vacancies to fill within the team. Benefits include, no kit outlay costs, no changing room cubicle congestion and a chance to eye up the opposition. Please bring along all your own equipment; no lose articles allowed.
Whilst the damp weather persists we are able to offer a range of floatplane activities. Our Cessnapit 150 aircraft can be hired in order that you can be taken through the motions. However should you wish for something a little more laid back we have other bog standard course available. Please ensure all the paperwork is completed before leaving.
So, come on, hurry up to Compton before conditions dry out!!!"
Thank you for the invitation and I will, of course, be front and off centre for the polo as a volunteer under 80 ball boy.
I retain the right to 'Mankini' in light of fare competition, although the weather should give the male athletes plenty of excuse.
Might I recommend that we rename 'summer' 'England', in order to eliminate hope and get into a dew point many countries would envy.
This will also allow us to be constant with our seasons and when asked about the weather can explain simply that 'Its England' all year round these days, fantastic.
Who needed the four seasons that ended in the early twenty first century.
May I also request that the IMC rated instructors begin 'visits to the sun', 30 minute tours above 4000ft. This is an emerging market and probably a rare experience for the natives.
I will look forward to volunteering my services for the polo and continuing daily life humiliating myself at CA, but always with the fondest of memories".
"Love to be part of the water polo team but must be on a day when am not walking the carp......"
It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the sudden passing of our dear member Bill Chaffey. ... more
Attached is a picture of Bill's favourite Compton aircraft - fiddy!
Hoorah, what a day, the 25th of May
At last the sun did shine for a fly out day
Off to ... more
You can’t beat a bit of Old Blighty weather can you?!
Some of our eager beaver members were ... more
When all of the ‘party’ had convened (some less bushy tailed than others), there was much cogitation and deliberation at the Ops Desk over the weather forecast on route to Duxford. Sadly, but sensibly (yes, there are sensible people out there, even at Compton) the decision was taken to cancel the Duxford fly-out.
Not to be down-hearted and beaten, some of the ‘party’ continued with the optimism and decided to fly-out elsewhere instead. ‘Team one’ flew to Filton, followed by Kemble for a spot of lunch, and then returned to Compton. ‘Team two’ went to Popham (for what turned out to be a PA28 fly past after having taken the incoming thunderstorm in to account) followed by Old Sarum for tea and cake and then returning home to Compton.
Eighteen aircraft (including the Stearman and the Chippy) and forty members planned to participate in the fly-out benefiting from reduced landing fees and reduced entry into the Duxford museum. We definitely plan to arrange this fly-out again in the future due to the interest created. In the meantime we have our next fly-out arranged for Friday 25th May 2012, this time we will be attempting to fly to Perranporth! If you are interested in joining the party then please contact Chris via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although the weather was not quite hot enough for mosquitos outside; we were all warm and snug inside with a ... more
With an extremely packed restaurant the lovely Peter Henley came and gave a very interesting and informative talk about the Mosquito aircraft and his flying experiences with it.
The evening was very well attended with over 60 of you coming to see us and once again everyone enjoyed a scrumptious hearty meal (this time, yummy lasagne, salad and garlic bread) together with excellent cheaply priced drinks to wash it all down with (rather a lot of them in the end!).
Peter showed some fantastic photos of the Mosquito and regaled us with the intricacies and quirks of the aircraft with a few humorous tales thrown in for good measure.
After a few questions and once all the glasses were emptied everyone turned out into the night full and happy.
Thank you to all of those who attended the evening, it was so lovely to see so many of you supporting our latest club night.
The Compton Girls x
Good turn out!
Congratulations to two of our club members who recently gained their IMC rating in record quick time! As a result ... more
Warren Dickson, who has been with us since his very first flying lesson at the age of 17, passed his test with flying colours under the watchful eyes of both instructor Ian Huntley and our CFI Andrew Dixon in mid April. Damian Rayne, who brought his Cessna 182 to live with us at the end of last year, passed his test just a week after Warren (apparently without the aid of his swanky glass cockpit...). Congratulations to both who have been treated to a slab of Compton cake for their achievement (the best bit of the rating).
We are still offering instrument training whether just a few hours to up your skill level or the full course. Email email@example.com for more information.
Lycoming Releases First ... more
Action Enables EASA SIB 2011-01R1 for Multiple Aircraft Platforms.
Williamsport, PA – April 17, 2012 – Just weeks after Lycoming Engines, a division of Avco Corporation, announced it would seek Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to operate certain engines on ASTM D7547 UL 91 unleaded avgas, it has received FAA approval to update its listing of approved fuels.
Lycoming’s newly available Service Instruction SI-1070R lists 35 engine models approved to operate on ASTM D7547 UL 91 fuel. The models are members of the 235, 290, 320, 340, 360, 435, 480 and 540 engine families. SI-1070R also specifies the lubricants to be used in conjunction with UL 91. SI-1070R is available at Lycoming.com.
“Our approval of UL 91 supports recent actions by European fuel producers and EASA that have resulted in progressively wider availability of unleaded aviation grade fuel supplies for light aircraft,” says Michael Kraft, Lycoming senior vice president and general manager. “We are continuously working to expand our specified fuels list. Distribution of UL 91 has provided a well-conditioned aviation suitable solution for engines originally designed for lower octane leaded aviation and automotive fuels.”
In conjunction with Lycoming’s approval to operate certain engines on UL 91, Lycoming is entering into a collaborative program with the FAA, Shell Aviation and TOTAL to examine the long-term effects of UL 91 on “purpose built” aviation engines and lubricants. This program will provide supporting information for more extensive unleaded avgas solutions. Shell Aviation produces AeroShell lubricants and TOTAL is a manufacturer of ASTM D7547 UL 91 avgas.
UL 91 originally entered into distribution in Europe largely to serve engines approved to operate on automotive specification fuels. European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) Safety Information Bulletin 2011-01R1 provides aircraft level approval on the basis of engine approval.
Together with EASA Safety Information Bulletin, SI-1070R immediately enables the use of UL 91 on certain Lycoming-powered aircraft produced by manufacturers, such as Cessna, Diamond, Piper, American Champion, Aviat, Maule, Tecnam, Cub Crafters, Zenair, and more; certain Lycoming-powered helicopters produced by manufacturers such as Robinson, Helicopteres Guimbal and more; experimental aircraft kits manufactured by Van’s, Glasair, Lancair, Zenith, Safari, Inpaer, and others.
In the United States, UL 91 will require an additional approval by the airframe manufacturer to operate aircraft using that fuel. There are no known distributors of UL 91 in the United States at this time.
According to TOTAL, 18 U.K. airfields currently offer UL 91 and another 3 are making arrangements to offer the fuel. In France, the fuel is available at 10 airfields with four more preparing to offer it. Switzerland has four airfields with the fuel and plans are also in place to offer the fuel at airfields in Germany and Belgium.
“UL 91 is not a replacement for 100LL, but it is a very robust aviation-suitable alternative to automotive gasoline at lower prices than 100LL,” Kraft says. “Lycoming remains vigorously supportive of a long-term unleaded 100LL replacement fuel which could uniformly serve the entire installed base. Distribution of UL 91 and our collaboration program represents an excellent opportunity to prime the pump for a ‘UL 100’ future.”
About Lycoming: Lycoming Engines specializes in engineering, manufacture, service and support of piston aircraft engines. Based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lycoming piston engines power more than half of the world's general aviation fleet - both rotary-wing and fixed-wing. Lycoming Engines is a division of Avco Corporation. More information is available at www.lycoming.com.
De Havilland Heritage Aviation is now offering tailwheel training in their beautiful Tiger Moth G-ADXT which ... more
Once you have been checked out by one of our instructors the aircraft will be available for solo hire too.
Just give us a call or pop us an email for more information. The Tiger Moth will be available on weekdays throughout the year and we'll need a couple of weeks notice to book you in.
Dual training is £280 and solo hire is £250. All you need to do is become a member of Compton Abbas Airfield and book in! https://www.comptonabbasairfield.co.uk/?agent=abbasair&page=appform&menuopen=members.
Thank you to everyone who came to our French Evening last night, with more than 50 of you it was packed ... more
After a hearty Boeuf Bourguinonne, pommes & petits pois, with fromage et biscuits for dessert, it was time to begin.
Cpt. Dave Farrow kicked off the evening with his entertaining demonstration of how important it is to have your life jacket ON when crossing the channel, Clive Birchall then took over on the practical side of things with an informative talk on Flight Planning & the use of Afpex. Thanks to both of them for all the hard work and effort they went to, it paid off!
Many thanks also to Tim Jackson who rounded off the evening perfectly with an extraordinary account of his trip round France in a flexwing Microlight. Complete with pictures and videos, Tim's talk went down a treat with everyone there, with lots of questions being asked at the end. If anything was to encourage you to take to the skies & pop over the channel to France, that was it!
Brilliant evening had by all, as ever it was great to see you all - we really do have the most extraordinary club members up at Compton, thank you for all your support!
Another oversubscribed Compton Club Day! Eighteen of you enjoyed this day out, with lots more on the reserve list ... more
Wow! It was December, and it was sunny, there was no rain, no clouds, and just a sprinkling of snowy showers was ... more
As all our lovely Compton Club Members know who they are talking to on the air ground radio (you can't miss ... more
A huge thank you to Mark Coreth, our in house famous sculptor and owner of aour beautiful currie wot who gave a ... more
The life size sculptures of polar bears attract millions, and is just one of Mark’s many projects. We were then treated to seeing Mark in action, as he sculpted a polar bear out clay! As he did this each of our members had their own block of clay, and were presented with the task of creating their own miniature polar bear, in the process our Compton members skilfully created a kangaroo, sausage dog, blobs of clay, ant eater and the occasional success that did actually resemble a polar bear!! Well done to Steven Garrett who won best Compton member sculptor of the year, receiving a free drink and a morph key ring!
After all this excitement it was soon time to go home, although not without everyone’s own little creation of the evening, thanks to Mark! Being the lovely man that he is - he donated all his time and materials for free. We therefore donated the members fee of £8 to the evening to a local hospice.
Once we had all pinched each other to confirm that no, it wasn’t a dream, and yes, Emma had organised a ... more
With a beautiful route overhead Beaulieu, Stoney Cross, the Needles and then direct to Shoreham along the coast, our club planes arrived just in time for lunch. After an uncharacteristically energetic addition to the day in the form of a walk down to the lovely Shoreham coast, all returned to undo their hard work and munch away on some proper British food in the iconic art deco building. A smaller fly out in terms of numbers than usual due to the terrible weather forecasts, it was nice to see solo hirers meeting each other and sharing flying and experience. Keep your eyes peeled for the date of our Christmas themed club day with some exciting games!
What a great evening! The night kicked off around 7:30pm with a fantastic aerobatics display by Dean Hiller in ... more
Over 90 people attended so our WW2 decorated hangar was at capacity with a healthy, 50/50 split of 'old' and 'newer' faces. Everyone had made an effort and was decked out as 1940's officers, sailors, ladies & gentry, as well as those who thought outside the box including Dean the pitts pilot (stealing more of the limelight!) in his person sized paper mache plane!
The local fancy dress hire company have even been in touch saying how impressed they were West and I can't begin to imagine how big the mountain of mash was to feed so many people, and all washed down with beer from local brewery sixpenny handley and some authentic jam roly poly and custard.
All this to the music of Glen Miller and other 40’s stars played by a brilliant young band from Clayesmore School - they were extremely professional and apart from their age you would never believe they were a school band! By the end of the night everyone went home having had drinks, dancing and lots of laughs. What more could you ask!