Chocking Aircraft

There have been several recent observations from the ground crew at Fairoaks, highlighting chocks are sometimes incorrectly positioned thus rendering them ineffective. As a result, the following information is provided to all pilots to draw attention to the correct method of chocking aircraft. When chocking the aircraft, please consider the slope of the ground on which it is parked. The chock should be positioned in order to counteract the natural tendency for the aircraft to roll. This gives rise to the following general recommendations: Aircraft Parked Uphill: Position the chock behind the nosewheel in order to prevent the aircraft from rolling backwards. Aircraft Parked Downhill: Position the chock in front of the nosewheel to prevent the aircraft rolling forward. Aircraft Parked Level: When parked level, the aircraft can roll either forward or backwards. As a result, two chocks should be used with one positioned in front and one behind the nosewheel....
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Plymouth Radar

As part of an air safety initiative and in order to promote awareness of the South Coast Danger Areas, Plymouth Military Radar have produced an information leaflet briefly outlining their role and services provided. Lt Cdr Andy Anderson (Senior Air Traffic Controller) writes, "As I am sure you are aware the airspace the butts our southern shores is a very busy environment containing a multitude of aviation and hazardous activity. The leaflet goes someway in explaining what we can do to help you, should you be flying adjacent to, or within this airspace."  Download Plymouth Military Radar...
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Farnborough ATC Visit

Thursday 30 January 2014 - 0930 AM As part of the ongoing liaison between Farnborough Air Traffic Control and the general aviation community, a further visit date has been released for later this month. The visit will last approximately 2:30 Hrs and will consist of a visit to the tower and radar room at Farnborough, a brief presentation by one of the controllers, followed by an open Q&A session. If you are interested in attending one of the visits, please let us know as soon as possible as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Both licensed pilots and current students are welcome to attend and feedback from the previous visits has showed this to be very a worthwhile...
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Burns Night – 25 Jan 2014

In addition to the regular bar opening every Wednesday and Friday evening, all members are invited to celebrate Burns Night with us at the Fairoaks Airport Bar BISTRO (F A B!) on Saturday 25 January. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. The three course meal will be followed by fun, music and of course some highland dancing! To book tickets, please call the flight centre on 01276 858 075. Tickets: £15 Bar Opens: 1700 Dinner: 2000 Hrs Bar Closes: 0200 Hrs Dress Code: Scottish if you can! ------------------------------------------------------ Three Course Meal: Non-Haggis Option Available on Request Cock-a-leekie soup Haggis Tatties & Neeps...
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Lee on Solent PPR

Further to the announcement made on 17 January 2014 regarding PPR requirements at Lee-on-the-Solent Daedalus (EGHR), this memorandum provides further refinement of this policy: Prior Permission Required (PPR) will remain in force at the airfield for all out of hours operations, with exceptions applying for residents operating under a waiver system. During normal operating hours PPR is encouraged, in order to allow airfield staff to provide any essential flight safety related information, however there will be no formal requirement to obtain PPR before arriving at the airfield. These conditions during normal operating hours apply to both residents and visiting aircraft. All visitors are now to use the Tower Apron grass parking area for their aircraft when visiting the airfield, unless hosted by an alternative resident or handling agent, in which case visitors are required to inform the tower on arrival. The operation will continue to be a self-handling service only, with Britten-Norman providing an Air to Ground tower service during operational hours. The Tower Apron parking location will better serve visitors, offering a much easier and safer method of getting landside, via access to the Waterfront area of the airfield and via the Argus Gate entrance. Please note that Britten-Norman’s airfield management service applies to airside operations only and concerns all matters relating to the safe use of the airspace and airside areas. The company is not responsible for the waterfront area, general site access or for aircraft handling matters (including the collection of landing fees, which should be paid to the landlord, HCA). Visitors requiring a handling service can request assistance from Britten-Norman, however charges may apply.   Basic Additional Tower Apron Briefing Information It will remain the responsibility of the pilot to ensure his/her aircraft is parked responsibly and so as not to cause obstruction from the airfield’s RFFS response units and other aircraft. Visiting aircraft should not park on hard-standing areas of the Tower Apron, as this causes an obstruction to other users. All parking is on grassed areas and guidance may be sought by contacting the tower. Currently there are a number of fixed base aircraft based operating from the tower. These aircraft are parked in a manner which is likely to cause a taxi risk to aircraft following the taxiway centreline to Tower Apron. All visitors need to be aware of the increased wing-tip striking distance danger in this area of the airfield; pilots...
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