Yes its that time of year again - but we are pleased to tell you that yet again the committee have decided to hold the membership fees at last year's level.
And we are also offering a £10 discount if you pay your subscription on-line before the end of March. So what are you waiting for?
You can also renew your social membership on-line and although there is no discount, this is also held at least year's level of £20.
No doubt many members will remember the old bench seat that was outside our clubhouse for many years, slowly deteriorating to the point where it was no longer usable.
Well after considering the options, the committee decided to donate it to the Bluebell Railway.
Since it was originally a railway seat anyway and the railway has recently been extended into East Grinstead, we felt they would make better use of it - which they have.
As you can see, it has now been restored to its former glory and can be seen on the Bluebell's East Grinstead station platform.
Rod Dean came to the club on the 12th Feb and gave a very interesting, amusing and informative talk on the subject of Flying and Displaying Vintage Aircraft.
Despite the weather, there was a good turnout and everyone was in good spirits.
We hope to welcome Rod back at a later date for another talk, this time on displaying jet aircraft.
The next club night will be on March the 5th and we hope to announce the proposed speaker soon so please come back here and check.
We are sad to report the passing of one of Alouette's earliest members, Ed Franklin, who died aged 80 just before Christmas. Our thoughts are with his family.
The weather was rubbish, cold, blustery and wet, on the 1st January but this was surely not reflected in the atmosphere inside the Alouette clubhouse!
The ambiance was warmed by Ian Saville's infamous secret recipe mulled wine that was flowing freely and helped by a generous and plentiful buffet arranged by Paul Hawkins. We had a jolly good time, drinking, eating and exchanging tales and stories about flying and other matters.
A great start of the year and hopefully a sign of things to come!
Sorry to the people who could not join us but hopefully you will make it at another gathering, always a good time to be had. Here are a few pictures of the event.
We have secured some new Alouette clothing which would make a great present for the pilot in your life - or why not buy one for yourself to keep out the cold on those windy days when you are checking out the aircraft?
We have blue Windcheckers, like the one shown, available in a variety of sizes and all with the Alouette logo embroidered on the front. These are really warm, have zip pockets, a breathable lining and are water resistant. These are really good value at £40 each.
Also available we have sweatshirts and polo shirts, also in blue, with the Alouette logo embroidered on them. These are just £15 each.
If you want to try any of these for size or would like to make a purchase, please contact any committee member who will be pleased to help.
Biggin Hill Management offered to provide a coach to any tenants and occupiers of the airport that wanted to attend the Flying Show at the NEC in Birmingham on Saturday 1st December.
As it turned out, only Alouette members took up this offer and we had a coach all to ourselves. In total there were 9 members with 2 guests and Katy Woolcott from the airport team.
It was a great day out, despite the early morning start and everybody had a great time and purchased various “goodies” on offer at the show.
Nice one Biggin!
Recently our Warrior had a scrape around the back of the maintenance hangar. Read flying instructor Bruno's interesting and informative report - and the conclusions he draws from the incident.
An account of a trip to Waterford, finally completed in August 2011 but attempted many, many times before!