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The club Eurostar is available for hire, see Jim Lister for details


The club Flex-wing is available for hire, see Kevin Whitehead for details.


Hangar space is normally available at Perth - contact Elaine Whitehead for details


Club Talk - Radar to ADSB

radarEvening Lecture: From Radar to Revolutionary, The journey from ‘basic’ radar to today’s ‘hi-tech’ aircraft awareness systems (Including low Power ADSB, FLARM and PilotAware)

 Saturday 22 April at 7.00 for 7.30, SAC Club Rooms

Join us at the end of the flying day for a session with Peter Robertson  (Microlight Pilot and Member of the PilotAware Development Team) as he presents a talk designed to increase understanding by Pilots of how present-day Aviation Radar Systems and Transponders work. Peter will also cover how this ‘basic’ technology can be improved to provide safer and more effective traffic awareness to pilots and to indicate (and discuss) potential future developments.
As a member of the Pilot Aware development team, Peter will also have a very limited number of units available for demonstration and sale.

Club Talk - Mountain Flying, Circuit Discipline and Safety

Club Talk - Mountain Flying, Circuit Discipline and Safety

"Mountain Flying, Circuit Discipline and Safety" Thursday 16th February : 1900 for 1930 in the club rooms.

Another event not to be missed, as our own Dai Heather-Hayes covers a wide rage of safe flying issues in his own unique way! The topic may appear dry but we're sure that it will include many amusing stories and anecdotes that will leave the audience rolling in the isles as always. You will want to be there!

As always, drinks and nibbles will follow...

Club Talk "Stepping Across the Pond"

Club Talk "Stepping Across the Pond"

"Stepping Across the Pond" Thursday 2nd February 1900 for 1930 in the Club Rooms

Be sure not to miss this evening lecture, as we're joined by Tim Rayner, an old friend of the SAC, to tell us the remarkable story of Alcock and Brown's 1919 crossing of the Atlantic in a modified Vickers Vimy bomber.

A real Boys Own adventure that will be followed by the normal drinks, nibbles and opportunity to chat to friends old and new!

GASCo Talk 28th Jan

GASCo Talk 28th Jan

The GASCo talk was enlightening as usual and well attended with around 40 members.  It was surprising to hear the numbers of CAS incursions and should make us greatful to have such a large area to enjoy.



During the talk several websites were mentioned and I have included the links below.







Lt Cdr John (Jock) Moffat

Lt Cdr John (Jock) Moffat

The committee and members of the Scottish Aero Club send their deepest condolences to the family of Lt Cdr John (Jock) Moffat who died peacefully in Perthshire at the weekend, aged 97. John had been an active member of the club for many years and up until very recently enjoyed a visit to the club for lunch and a chat with his old flying freinds. He was a true gentleman, and will be sadly missed.

Funeral arrangements

A notice in the Dundee Courier has advised that Johns funeral will be private, at his request. There will however be a public memorial service in 2017, date to be announced later.

Evening talk - Open Skies

Defence Diplomacy at Altitude, December 1st

 The Open Skies Treaty was a multi-national attempt to sacrifice air sovereignty in order to enhance military transparency and build multi-national confidence by permitting observation flights over almost the full territory of each signatory state.

 In this extremely interesting session, club member George Roberts will present an overview of his involvement in implementation of the policy, along with numerous anecdotes of what it was like to support this new found diplomacy in the aircraft of the time at altitude!

You won't want to miss this tale of immediate post cold war relations between air forces - not least given what it may tell us about where we are right now. In the SAC clubrooms at 7 for 7.30pm.

Evening Lecture: Oshkosh in Pictures

Evening Lecture: Oshkosh in Pictures

Thursday November 3rd

Our winter lecture programme gets off the mark at 7.30 with a talk by our own official club photographer, Wallace Shackleton, on his visit with fellow club members to this years EAA Airventure Oshkosh.

Most club members are well aware of Wallace’s stunning aviation photography and, given the exciting aircraft on display at Oshkosh this year, we can be sure of an extremely interesting and informative evening! As always, Wallaces lecture will be followed by drinks and nibbles with all members and their guests made very welcome. 

End of Summer Party

End of Summer Party


Bob Tadmans 'Monsters of Rock' returns for another evening of music, dancing and general fun on October 29th, the last day of British Summertime.

An informal get together in the clubhouse from 7 or 8 till late.

Bring your own refreshments and, if have you some favourite tunes, them too (ideally on an i phone/ipod) so we can add them to the play list.

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Elaine will once again be holding a Fundraising Event on Saturday 1st October between 10am - 2pm in aid of Macmillan Nurses. Tea, Coffee and lots of home baking will all be available for a donation to Macmillan. She will be helped by Dianne Kerr, but she would welcome any further help or donations. If anyone would like to help out in any way, please get in touch with Elaine. The last one was a great success and she is hoping lots of members will turn out to make this one just as worthwhile.

LAA's Round Britain Rally Visit to Perth: Sunday 28th August 201

LAA's Round Britain Rally Visit to Perth: Sunday 28th August 201

Party to Celebrate the LAA's Round Britain Rally Visit to Perth: Sunday 28th August 2016

Over 40 aircraft are registered to celebrate the 70th year of the LAA with a round Britain rally starting at Duxford on the 27th and ending up at the LAA rally at Sywell on the 2nd Sept. The Rally is visiting Perth on Sunday 28th/Monday 29th August 2016 and the Scottish Aero Club have decided to welcome them in true Highland style with one of our legendary BBQ's followed by an evening of Scottish music and hospitality on Sunday 28th August. This will feature the Andrew Mortimer Scottish Dance Band as well as a disco for later revellers!

The programme of events, which is as always subject to change due to weather (!) is:

1500 - Visiting aircraft begin to arrive

1700 - Welcome BBQ commences

1900 - The ceilidh begins!

2130 - Our resident DJ joins in, playing his own brand of music into the night...

2300 - (or thereabouts!) Hot Scotch pie and beans are available to keep you going!

This event is of course open to all members and their guests, as well as friends from other LAA struts along with participating pilots and crews.

Aviation Maps

The latest CAA maps are now available from Elaine in the SAC office.

Aviation Without Borders

The charity Aviation Without Borders has been organising a flying day for disadvantaged kids at Perth for many years and this year National Fly Kids Day will be held at Scone on Saturday 18th June. We are hoping to organise a few pilots to fly probably about 10-12 kids in some of the 4 seat aircraft. Volunteers are welcome, to help with hangar visits and hospitality.

Errol Fly Past 2016

Errol Fly Past 2016

On the 9th of May 10 aircraft from the club took part in an informal fly past at Errol airfield to honour the Russian airmen that trained there during the war. 


This was the anniversary of V day in Russia WW2, and was commemorated with wreath laying at the Russian Monument at the top of the North South Runway near the white entrance gates. The event was attended by the consul and vice Consul from Edinburgh, the Perth & KInross  Provost, along with the Perth Friends of Pskov in Russia. 


Since the Memorial was been erected last year, the whole story has been attracting a lot of interest in Russia. and it is now on the List of Monuments of commemoration to those who fought in the WW2.


Please click on read more below for the full story.

new year BBQ

We will be having a BBQ (burgers) on Saturday 2nd, to welcome in the New Year.  No frills or anything, just straight forward burgers and sausages.  2pm ish.  So if anyone's flying, they can stop a wee bit early and have a burger and chat with fellow members about who had the biggest hangover over the festive period. Good on you, Elaine.

RNHF call on John Moffat

The Royal Naval Historic Flight will be calling on John Moffat this Monday 19th, to present him with a memorial picture pertaining to his war service. Lt Com. Chris Gotke and his crewman will arrive at approx 11.30am in the historic flights Harvard – all the way from Yeovilton – to perform the ceremony in front of our members. This should provoke many memories for John, as he did some of his training in a Harvard.

A snack lunch will be followed by the presentation, after which the Harvard will depart at approx 14.30 with a possible flypast included. Everyone is welcome – please come along to swell the crowd for what will be a unique occasion!

If the weather is inclement, then Tuesday 20th is the fallback date.


David Wallace

SAC Communication



‘PERTH  AERODROME’  :   VINTAGE / CLASSIC  FLY-IN ,  September  26-27  2015

In honour of  John  Moffat  - undoubtedly our most illustrious and also most senior member -   Scottish  Aero Club   is planning a  Vintage / Classic  themed weekend  at what was many moons ago  known as  Perth (Scone)  Aerodrome .    First opened in  1936 for the contract  training of military pilots by  Airwork Services, Perth  Airport (EGPT)  is now the bustling hub of  general  aviation in central  Scotland.


Click read more or check out the events listing for more details.

Air Race 1

Air Race 1

The first of the 2015 Air Race 1 rounds was held last weekend in Monastir, Tunisia. Our club member Des Hart in G-BOMB is competing this year again and came 3rd in the Silver Final. Full race results are at www.airrace1.com. Good luck with the rest of the season Des.

Bader Braves

Bader Braves

The SAC was presented with a 'bust' from the Bader Braves for the support given over the last few years. The following is a letter received from them in appreciation of the clubs support last weekend.


"What a fantastic day all of our Bader Braves had with you on Saturday last!! As always it is a treat for us all to be with you at the Scottish Aero Club where we are always made to feel so welcome and I would be grateful if you would please convey my sincerest thanks, which is sent on behalf of all of the youngsters who came along and everyone here at The Foundation, to your committee and all of the members for their invaluable ongoing support.


Attached (Link to the article) for your information is a piece that appears on our website www.douglasbaderfoundation.com


Thanks again for your help and co-operation; it really is very much appreciated.

Best wishes - Keith"

Eurostar Hire

Congratulations DaveFor the attention of all Hirers of the SAC Eurostar
Please be advised that the owners of Eurostar G-CFNW, the Scottish Aero Club, have laid down a formal currency requirement for those pilots who hire the club Eurostar. It is basically as follows:


A minimum of 3 take of and landings within the preceeding 3 months and anyone who has not flown any hours "on type" (ie Eurostar) within the same period will be required to have a check flight with an instructor before being allowed to fly solo.
Presentation of pilots log book to show proof of currency will be required.
I'm sure you will agree that this reasonable and not only makes sense in the interests of safety, but hopefully also ensures that the the Clubs investment in the aircraft is best protected.
Jim Lister
Fixed wing instructor

Baird of Bute fly-out

bute_flight_line.jpgThis weekend, Sat 20th and Sun 21st, another fly out that's becoming an annual event as aviators from across the country celebrate Scotland's earliest aviator! This is a great destination for a first fly-out and/or for slower/lighter aircraft, easy to find and with an impressively large grass strip.The Kingarth Hotel is just ten minutes away by foot, and serves good food and a warm welcome.


The "Baird of Bute" airstrip is regarded by many as the 'Jewel in the Crown' as far as flying locally in the West of Scotland is concerned, and contributions for its upkeep will be gratefully received. These can be handed in to the hotel, or popped in the box back at the SAC.


For more info contact Norman Sutherland. E-mail: events@scottishaeroclub.org.uk

SAC Team takes the Silver Trophy

SAC Team takes the Silver Trophy in International Formula 1 race!

Keeping with the racing theme, as some of you may know SAC members Des Hart and Calum Brown were recently in Spain taking part in Europe’s newest and fastest motorsport, AirRace1. Despite this being Des’s first time Formula 1 racing and the top 4 Silver class aircraft being very closely matched, Des managed to pull it out of the bag flying his Perth based Cassutt G-BOMB with a win in the Silver class after some extremely close racing. Des then went on to race in the Gold event placing 5th out of 8, a fantastic result! Des couldn’t have done this with out the support of Calum and the rest of the Engineering team and they have already begun preparations for the launch of the full world series starting next year with 2 races planned in Europe and one in the US.
You can watch their performance in Spain either on MotorsTV, Sky Sports or online via the following link: http://www.airrace1.com/AirRaceTV.ink
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