Statement regarding Airfield access under the current Government Covid-19 restrictions.
I am delighted to confirm that Breighton airfield has now reopened.
Both the RACo and RAClub remain concerned about the danger presented by the COVID-19 virus and highlight that attending the airfield is at the individuals own risk and own responsibility. Neither organisation is accountable for your actions and the consequences thereof.
Both organisations urge you to consider the appropriateness of making the journey to the airfield and your presence there.
Whilst updated government coronavirus advice does mean that recreational GA flying is now allowed; In practice this means that only solo flights, or flights where everyone is from the same household, are permitted. This is because it’s not generally possible to observe social distancing during a GA flight.
Before attending the airfield please make sure you THOUROUGHLY read and understand the information in the following link. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/
Additionally, please note:
Stay safe, stay well, blue skies.
Fuel prices at Breighton, as at May 2020:
Self-service Avgas 100LL £1.75 per litre and Avtur Jet A1 £0.70 per litre. Price includes VAT and FREE landing fee.
PLEASE OBSERVE THE COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AT THE PUMPS.
Fuel-up and support your local airfield!
Fuel is available self-service at any time (even outside normal operating hours), payment at the pumps by major credit/debit cards.
Fairey Junior Then and Now
The Real Aeroplane Company's lovely Fairey Junior was recently rolled-out sporting the exact same paint scheme it originally wore when built in 1947. The repaint was researched in detail and carried out in-house by Real Aeroplane Company Engineering. The Avions Fairey Junior (also known as the Tipsy Junior) is a single-seat light aircraft designed in post-war Belgium, this example, G-AMVP, was the second airframe to have been completed and is the only one now flying. In 1957 it made headlines when Fairey test pilot, Peter Twiss, landed 'VP on the deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal as a media stunt. The aircraft is powered by a Walter Mikron motor, cruises at around 98mph and has a top speed of 108mph. With thanks to the Real Aeroplane Company.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Waivered Airspace
The waivered airspace on the North Side of the airfield which is used for aerobatic/display practice is only available when Alan Marsland or Tony Smith are present at the airfield with immediate effect. Pilots should remain clear of this area at all other times. Wing Walking Aircraft operators have their own display authorisation and are in order using this airspace in the meantime. Further details on this action will follow.
Latest Real Aeroplane Club Newsletter
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(ABOVE) An assortment of images by Steve Blee - top: The 'new' Beech H18; middle: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, our very own 'Maverick' Taff Smith, wartime Beech 18; bottom: Bücker line-up. (BELOW) Beech 18 and Bücker Bestmann (Tom Wray)
So, just how do you mark 30 years of Real flying? In the time-honoured Breighton tradition of course with lots of aeroplanes joining to celebrate the anniversary with us! This year's event not only marked the 30th Anniversary of the Real Aeroplane Company and Club, but also played host to the biennial International Bücker Fest. Bücker biplanes have, of course, been very a much a part of the Breighton story and continue to be so today with a number of examples resident at the airfield and, seemingly, a couple on rebuild at any given time. So, all we needed to get things underway was the weather and, as occasionally happens, we had one tricky flying day and one perfect one...!
(ABOVE) Our very own Katie Howe presented the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with a whopping cheque for the sum raised by sponsors of her skydive a few weeks ago. Well done Katie. (Steve Blee)
(ABOVE) Queuing Bückers (Tom Wray) and some of the attendees shot from above (Steve Blee)
(ABOVE) Classic Bücker Fest! (Andy Wood)
(ABOVE) Not a Bücker but of a similar ilk - a visiting Focke-Wulf Fw 44J Stieglitz circa 1936 (Steve Blee)
(ABOVE and BELOW) Very few airfields where you'll see a scene like this - Chilton D.W.1 and DeHavilland DH.98 Rapide (Tom Wray)
(ABOVE) The flying was as eclectic as ever - from pre-war to right now - Arrow Active II and Yak 55 (Tom Wray) (BELOW) A huge sky for the beautiful Miles Messenger (Steve Blee)
(ABOVE) The latest addition to the RAC fleet is this beautiful Beech H18 (Tom Wray) which was joined by it's older cousin the Beech C45 Expeditor (Steve Blee)
(ABOVE) The Beech Expeditor running in for a topside flypast (Richard Lee) (BELOW) How it might've looked from the Expeditor! Click on the image to see if you can spot yourself on a larger version. (Andy Wood)
(ABOVE and BELOW) More incredible airside views (Andy Wood)
(ABOVE) The Midget Mustang M1 is a sports and aerobatic aircraft designed for the home-build market in 1948, this example is a little younger having been built in 1973 (Steve Blee) (BELOW) Guests of honour the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - such an amazing bunch of people doing a wonderful job (Steve Blee)
(ABOVE) A trailer mounted Bristol Hercules engine, similar to the engines that powered wartime Halifax bombers based here during the war (Richard Lee)
(ABOVE) Beech H18, Falco and Tipsy Nipper. (BELOW) Zlin Z.526F (Both Steve Blee)
(ABOVE and BELOW) Old and new automotive power - Taff Smith's Elva circa 1960 and a visiting Zenos E10 of a more recent vintage (Both Richard Lee)
(ABOVE) The band taking care of business on the Saturday night and (BELOW) the night sky promising a better weather day for the Sunday (Both Andy Wood)
(BELOW) The Auster Club paid us a visit during the weekend with this Auster AOP9, Auster 5 and J2 Arrow (All Steve Blee)
(ABOVE) G-AKDN is the oldest flying DHC-1 Chipmunk and one of the original 3 Canadian examples shipped to the UK in support of the British production line (Steve Blee) (BELOW) Plenty going on in the restoration hangar including a part assembled Jungmeister and the Company's Fairey Junior (Richard Lee)
(ABOVE) The resident Ryan PT-22 and (BELOW) Bücker Jungmann (Both Richard Lee)
(BELOW) Another lovely shot of the Rapide (Steve Blee)
(ABOVE) Military Jeeps with classic airfield backdrop (Andy Wood)
(ABOVE) One of the 3 Taylor Monoplanes embarking on what should have been an epic flight from Breighton to Malta. Unfortunately one of the aircraft was damaged in a landing accident in France, the pilot managing to escape unscathed. In a separate accident the same day their support aircraft tragically crashed into woodland with the loss of both crew onboard. All at Breighton send our best wishes and heartfelt condolences to all involved. (Steve Blee)
The Club can now accept payment for subscription renewals over the internet via online banking using the following details:
The Real Aeroplane Club
For new membership subscriptions we have a new membership form. You will notice that we now request email addresses from members for future communications (and possibly an e-newsletter). This will ONLY be used for Club communications and will not be passed on to any third party or used for marketing purposes in any way.
Existing members should also complete the new form if their contact details are out of date. Subscriptions are due for renewal January 1st.
Please note our Club rules and ethos HERE
FULL FLYING MEMBERSHIP - £95
ASSOCIATE FLYING MEMBERSHIP - £45
MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP - £35
Real Aeroplane Club merchandise
The Club has commissioned a new range of stylish attire bearing the 'Jeeves' motif. The first order sold-out within the space of one weekend, however, they have received a second consignment and this will be on display and available for purchase during upcoming events at the airfield. See more of Andy Wood's pictures on our Facebook page HERE.
It may be news to some but flying training has been available at Breighton, courtesy of York Flying School (YFS), since October 2011. The school operates on Saturdays and Sundays all year round and during the week on an as required basis.
YFS offers flying training towards the issue of your private pilots licence, night qualification and IMC rating. They also offer FAA flight reviews and Instrument Proficiency Checks at very competitive prices. Trial lessons/air experience flights are also available.
All bookings at York Flying School are two hours long and include one hour of pre and post flight briefings as well as one hour of airborne time. For more details, or to book a lesson online, check out the YFS website HERE
The Real Aeroplane Club has reciprocal arrangements with the following airfields: Bagby, Rufforth, Fenland, Netherthorpe, North Coates, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Sturgate, Wickenby.
A word about access to Breighton Airfield for members of the general public
Whilst we warmly welcome members of the general public to Breighton admission can only be made by subscribing to Museum Club Membership (we prefer to think of it as a season ticket). Annual membership is just £35 per year don't forget you can bring family and friends along too (on the proviso that the Club member accepts responsibility for their guests) and visit any weekend, not just Fly-in weekends. Museum membership represents excellent value for money and is very popular with aviation enthusiasts and budding aviation photographers who enjoy an unrivalled level of access to aircraft, pilots and the flying activities.
Pilots of visiting aircraft and their crews/pax DO NOT NEED TO BE CLUB MEMBERS and there are NO LANDING FEES ON FLY-IN DAYS.