Wet Head Championships!

International Indoor Wet Head Championships! Date: Saturday 22 February 2014 New Date: Friday 28 February 2014 Location: Fairoaks Airport Bar (F A B!) Games Commence: 1945 Hrs    Wet Head is a hilarious game of fun, skill and pure luck! Likened to Russian roulette but with a small amount of water on your head, the games will have you laughing all evening! For the championships we are mixing wet head with some general knowledge questions for all to enjoy! During the evening a sumptuous supper of chile & jacket potato will be served for £6.00 – there will be very limited ‘extra’ portions available on the night so please confirm your supper reservation ASAP. As the name suggests you may get a little damp (it really is a very small amount of water) – no special clothing is required and towels will be provided. Friends and family all welcome! To confirm your place for a fun evening of laughter, music and prizes till very late, please email...
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2014 GASCo Safety Evening

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 GASCo Safety Evening will be held at Fairoaks next week.  Thursday 13 February 2014 Time: 1930 – 2130 Location: Fairoaks Airport Bar (F A B!) GASCo delivers these safety evenings on behalf of the CAA. The evening is designed to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on General Aviation safety and understand how it affects you, the people you fly with and your clubs and associations.  Everyone, from students to experienced pilots, is encouraged to attend the evening which provides useful and up-to-date information on how to improve flight safety. In particular, the content focus this year will be on the CAA’s GA Safety Six: Airspace Infringements Airborne Conflict Loss of Control Runway Excursion Controlled Flight Into Terrain Human Factors Event Registration Attendance is free however, due to limited space available, prior notification of attendance is required. Please send your details (name and total number of people attending) to manager@flysynergy.com in advance of the evening so we can secure your place. We look forward hopefully seeing you on the evening. For those needing some extra encouragement, the Fairoaks Airport Bar (F A B!) will be open throughout!  ...
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EASA Conversion Update

In their latest news release, the CAA has reminded all pilots of the upcoming restrictions that will be placed on holders of a UK CAA ‘National’ pilots licence. Please note this is different to an NPPL (National Private Pilot’s Licence) so this may apply to you. Take a moment to think about which licence you have as you may need to take action by April 2014 in order to remain valid. How to identify your licence type. Your licence will most likely fall into one of the below categories: 1. EASA Part-FCL Licence This is the newest type of licence issued. It fits onto one page and is issued in a small blue book. Generally speaking, if you have this type of licence no further action is required as you are likely to be fully up-to-date. 2. JAR-PPL Licence  This will be the most likely licence for those who first gained their licence after 2000, following the introduction of the Joint Aviation Regulations. It is characterised by a 5 year validity period. If you have this type of licence, you only need to covert over to a new EASA licence when either your existing one expires or an amedment such as adding a new rating is made. 3. UK CAA ‘National’ Licence These licences are those which were issued before the introduction of JAR-PPL licences around 2000. They are characterised by having a lifetime validity. It it these licences which are the subject of this article. 4. National Private Pilot’s Licence  A UK-only licence that is normally issued alongside a medical declaration rather than a Class 1 / 2 medical. If you hold an NPPL, you will be required to convert this to the European equivalent which is an LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence) by April 2015 in order to continue flying EASA aircraft (includes C152 and PA28). More information will follow on this process in due course. What’s Happening?  If you are the holder of a UK CAA ‘National’ Licence, then your licence will no longer be valid for flying EASA aircraft from 8 April 2015 onwards. C152s and PA28s are included in the definition of EASA aircarft. In order to continue flying such aircraft beyond 8 April 2015, you will need to have converted over to an EASA Part-FCL licence.  Even before this date however there are further restrictions to be aware of that begin on 8 April 2014....
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