NEW LOWER RATE FOR THE ARROW!
Piper Arrow IV – G-LFSR (non-turbo) can now be flown solo for just £175 per chocks hour. (Based on the multiplying the new tacho rate by 0.83)
Since it is up to 25% faster than the Archer, it follows that certain land away flights can be made at the same or close to the same cost as in the Archer. Please contact Ches for an explanation.
CAA MEDICAL SELF DECLARATION
It is our current understanding this can only be used when flying non-EASA aircraft and then only on a UK National PPL, not with an EASA PPL or LAPL. Consequently the declaration cannot be used when flying Club aircraft.
NIGHT FLYING AND TRAINING
Night flying begins again on the 1st of November. As usual on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
COMPLEX TRAINING AND SELF FLY HIRE
Refresher or initial differences training in retractable gear, variable pitch, turbo and “glass” cockpit. IRI rated instructors are available for airways flights in the Cirrus. Once mode S is fitted in the Arrow she will be ready for airways flight too. (Fox India is already so equipped) Self fly hire is offered in the Arrow with no minimum total hours requirement, even students can fly her. There are currently at least two vacancies in the Cirrus group for solo flights but training is available without joining the group.
MULTI & IR RENEWALS
We can now offer both refresher training and renewal tests in the Grumman GA7 Cougar, and the aircraft is also available for self fly hire.
FOX INDIA REFURBISHMENT
Between mid-December and late February our own Archer II had her Annual maintenance, the engine was overhauled with virtually all new components and a complete re-spray was carried out by Scuderia Scaglieti in Chiswick. This is a brand new garage set up and run by Ashe, one of our most long standing members. Although he specialises in Ferrari, Maserati and other high end cars he can service pretty much any make in his spectacular facility. 0208 995 2525
I have finally fitted new sun visors to Bliffy as well!
HOLIDAY IN LINDOS
Another long standing member, George Karayiannis, offers his Villa to members. Here’s the link but, do not book through the link, contact George through me at the club:
HIGH SPEED WIFI
Thanks to our internet provider fido.net, run by member Jon Morby, we were one of the first at Elstree to upgrade to high speed fibre optic broadband. No more waiting for CAA pdfs or NATS plates to load, they positively fly to your chosen device.
BOOKING OUT TO LAND AWAY
Please remember, in addition to signing out on the tech log and verbally booking out in the tower, you need to fill out the sheet in the entrance to the tower.
Club waistcoat style high vis jackets are available at cost price – just £6.00.
The later design with the Club logo are £12 – again at cost price.
IR(R) (The new name of the IMC)
Thanks to the efforts of the CAA, AOPA UK and other bodies, the IR(R) is still available to anyone with a UK issued licence (including the new UK issued EASA licence) and will be for the long term future. The requirements (for example 15 hours flight training) and the privileges are identical to the old IMC.
The Aerobat is back and looking splendid in it’s new colours. We are offering post PPL advanced training, including precision handling and navigation, with aerobatics an option for those with the desire.
2016 POOLEYS FLIGHT GUIDE
The new edition is out now, for a 10% member’s discount on the guide or most of Pooley’s other items please get in touch.
Both John Baines, and Richard Laughton are ready (and very willing!) to carry out dual aerobatic flights.
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY – WHAT LEVEL DO YOU POSSESS?
During 2008 every registered UK Licence holder should have received a new licence page stating: “Language Proficiency – English”. There are 6 different levels of proficiency but only 4, 5 and 6 are sufficient to allow the use of an aircraft radio. Unfortunately the CAA did not mark these pages with a level number. Providing your licence contains the statement you have at least level 4. However, if it is only level 4 that you have, it lapsed in April 2012. If you are not sure please contact the Club for advice, especially if your licence or a rating needs renewing in the near future. For example: a new EASA licence cannot be issued without a valid Radio English Language Proficiency.
Current Instructor List (Alphabetical Order)
John Baines (Most days except Saturday)
Phil Cawthorne (Weekends)
Ches Cole (8 days a week)
Simon Johnston (Mostly week days)
Richard Laughton (Saturdays)
John Salem (When available)
John Stevens (Most days)
Rich Taussig (Most days)
Julian Waterworth (Sundays)
Kieran Williams (Mainly weekdays)