Fuel prices at Breighton, as at December 2018:
Avgas 100LL £1.75 per litre and Avtur Jet A1 £0.75 per litre.
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.
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.
This vintage 1918 Le Zebre Sports car visited the airfield in early January and was photographed alongside the Comper Swift by Ian Ross. The unique motor car was assembled in the late 1990's as a half-scale replica of the 1904 Panhard-Levassor World land Speed Record/GP car and used for hillclimbing. Its Edwardian component parts comprise a Curtiss OX-5 aero engine mounted in a pre-WWI Amilcar chassis - the latter serving as a sub-frame that is, in turn, mounted in a Peugeot frame. The unit drives through a two-speed chain-drive Peugeot transmission. The axles hails from a 1918 Le Zébre cyclecar and braking is via the rear wheels only. Tony Bianchi of Personal Plane Services subsequently made the car road-worthy. In 2013 the car was sold at auction, smashing the £45,000-£50,000 estimate with a final bid of £78,400.
(Info from H and H Auctions)
Latest Real Aeroplane Club Newsletter
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Airfield Weather Station and Webcam
The airfield weather station is back online, we've also set-up the webcam, fingers crossed, this is due to go live on the 15th December. Find them both on the Airfield page of this website
Happy New Year
No let-up in the flying this New Year as Dave Marshall's photographs clearly show...
(ABOVE and BELOW) A pair of Eurostar EV-97's (Dave Marshall)
(ABOVE) T-67M Firefly (Dave Marshall)
(ABOVE and BELOW) Lazer Z230 and Zivko Edge-360 respectively (Dave Marshall)
(ABOVE) Vans RV-6 (Dave Marshall)
(ABOVE) Piper Apache and (BELOW) Tipsy Nipper T.66 (Both Dave Marshall)
Taming the Swift
Last summer RAC display pilot Les Clark took the Breighton based Comper Swift replica down to Old Warden to take part in one of their delightful air displays and a rather special photo shoot alongside the Shuttleworth Collection's authentic example, G-ACTF, and another replica, G-ECTF, owned by Phil Cozens.
Photographs by Damien Dyer (View Damien's Flickr here)
Les takes up the story...
ACTF, Shuttleworth Comper was flown by Willy Hackett and ECTF, Phil Cozen's example, was flown by Jezz Cooke. I already knew Jezz but, whilst I did meet Willy last year, we had a slightly more formal introduction when he asked, quite rightly, "How much formation experience do you have Les?" "Quite a bit," I say, "I recently flew over to Denmark and back, about 75% of which was 'Close Formation' with the Broussard and Jungmeister (G-AXMT) along with a couple of months or more practice in 2/3 and 4 ship before competing in the Vintage Aerobatic World Championship in 'Close Formation' with Taff Smith in AXMT."
An excellent brief was given by Will, with various points discussed and confirmed as to who was responsible for avoiding whom! Always wise when preparing for a 'Close' formation flight. Note: anyone who remembers the jodel picture from the condor will know I like to get, well.... up close and personal in formation, especially on a smooth day!
Will took us to the aircraft and showed us the reference points he'd like us to use, mmm, that's gonna have us in nice and tight, right up my street, even in an aircraft with, letís say, limited forward vision, just as well I only need to look at around 45 degrees!! At least for the first half of the sortie where I'm in the middle of the echelon right. The second part of the sortie was to see me take the lead of the formation as Jezz moved aft to switch to 'vic' and keep a reasonable distance from the Cub camera ship, as he had a longish lens on the camera. Once this shot was acquired they would wave us off sort of jazz hands style and we would then each break in turn behind the cub for the final shots! Sounds cool eh?
I see the wave, great, a half glance left, Jezz is still there?! So I maintain station, I even move us a little closer to the cub eventually. Another wave off, in my peripheral vision I see Jezz is still there?! Finally the cub breaks away up and left in an obvious 'weíre finished' fashion. So the vic disperses, right me thinks, where the hell are we? Check left, check right, check above, all clear, ok, I break fairly hard up and left clearing my path looking for the other two Compers, fumbling for my chart and looking for a land feature and trying to switch frequencies on the hand held, (actually in my jacket pocket), a fairly busy spell! Ah! Sandy mast! Check heading, ah - a Comper! I plum for the easy option of giving chase and shadowing ECTF, thanks Jezz! We get back onto Old Warden frequency, ah, voices again, better than the static only on 118.00!!!
All three Compers recover safely onto 03, I actually manage to keep it straight for the entire roll out this time, less exciting but more rewarding. We park up and gather round for the de-brief. A mostly successful mission, no dangerous happenings, but what happened to that break?? Well, as they say, every day is a school day, and the brief was excellent as stated earlier, but as we all realised with our 20/20 hindsight, we didnít actually state that the wave off ideally should have been relayed by me to Jezz as heíd be looking solely at me! WE ALL MISSED THAT ONE!! But thatís the whole idea of the brief and the de-brief, so we continue to learn, improve and stay safe! Iím sure we all learned a little bit more from that day, I know I did, and was a pleasure and an honour to fly with such highly experienced pilots.
Unfortunately, my excellent ground crew found a crack in the exhaust when checking and cleaning the aircraft for me, so sadly I didnít get to actually fly in the mock race with the other two later in the day. But at least we did manage to get three Compers in the air, in close formation and with excellent photographic evidence!! Hopefully, next year will be third time lucky!
The Real Aeroplane Flying Scholarship 2019
(ABOVE) George receiving the good news from the Club Chairman Charles Sunter (right) and Scholarship Co-ordinator Cliff Whitwell (left) after the Remembrance Service at Breighton airfield. George will commence his training towards a LAPL with York Flying School which is based at Breighton airfield.
The Real Aeroplane Club is delighted to announce that George Gohl has been successful in winning the 2019 Real Aeroplane Club Scholarship. The Club celebrates its 30th anniversary next year.
The competition was open to applicants aged between 17 to 25 living in Yorkshire. Over 25 submissions were received and the standard was exceptionally high. George demonstrated his passion, commitment and enthusiasm towards aviation during a challenging interview and flying skills test.
George is currently studying for ĎAí levels and has always wanted to be a pilot. His goal is to be a commercial pilot or join the RAF. He is an active member of his local RAF Air Cadet (872) Hull Squadron. His hobbies include building and flying scaled model aircraft, and designing and building telemetry systems for his models. He has also built a flight simulator in his parentís loft so he can practise his flying.
The scholarship has been kindly funded by a Club Member in memory of our dear friend Nigel Feetham.
Remembrance Day 2018
A few photographs from Remembrance Day 2018, the first 5 from the flypast itself, including the poppy drop from the Broussard, taken by Steve Blee.
The sun shone during the afternoon as evidenced here in Tom Wray's pictures:
(ABOVE and BELOW) A couple of Jodel 112's
(ABOVE) Our Kate positioning her beloved Tipsy Nipper and (BELOW) our Club Chairman, Charles Sunter, topping-up his Auster.
(ABOVE) Busy at the pumps!
(ABOVE and BELOW) Resident Auster and Supercruiser making the most of the sunshine.
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 £30 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.