Farnborough ATC Visit

As part of a new liaison between local air traffic control and general aviation pilots, 25 members visited Farnborough ATC over the weekend. This initiative, led by controllers at Farnborough, aims to increase awareness of the challenges faced by both parties with the aim of making operations in the local airspace safer and more efficient. The visit provided members with the opportunity to visit the radar room and tower at Farnborough, as well as take part in a Q&A session with the controllers. Above all, many members commented how great it was to meet the controllers first-hand, allowing them to see the mysterious voice is indeed human after all! In return, and with the generous help of our members, we have provided controllers at Farnborough with the opportunity to back seat some local flights to experience the workload from the pilot’s perspective. Special thanks goes to Matthew Thompson at NATS who hosted the visits at Farnborough and for those of you who were not able to attend this latest visit, there are some more planned for the winter period so keep an eye out on the emails for further...
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Christopher’s Smile

Continuing with our charity commitments in 2013, we are delighted to have sponsored the Autumn Ball of Christopher’s Smile, held at Wentworth Golf Club on the 19th October 2013.  The charity was founded in 2008 after Karen and Kevin sadly lost their son, Christopher, in June the same year to an aggressive medulloblsatoma brain tumour. Following a 21 month battle with the disease, he passed away 9 days before his 6th birthday. Their vision is “for every child diagnosed with childhood cancer to not only survive, but to reach adulthood enjoying a good quality of life.” Karen and Kevin wrote to us following the Ball and were pleased to report, “The event was enjoyed by over 200 guests and we are delighted to have raised in excess of £40,000 for Christopher’s Smile. With the monies raised from the Ball will be able to complete the funds needed to extend the tenure to a third year for our Molecular Pathologist exclusively for paediatrics. Our goal was to be able to commit to this position by the end of 2013 and we are now in a position to be able to do this.” Further details regarding the charity are available at http://www.christopherssmile.org.uk/ and we wish Karen and Kevin the very best in achieving their vision in memory of Christopher....
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