The Scottish Aero Club

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SAC Annual Dinner Saturday 4th May

The Scottish Aero Club Annual Members Dinner will be held on Saturday 4th May at The Royal George Hotel, Perth.

The evening will include a three course dinner followed by prize-giving and the opportunity to vote for your favourite photograph in the Club’s photographic competition.

Rob Gratton Head of Future Airspace Team Wednesday 24th April

Rob Gratton the CAA Principal, Airspace Infringements, will give an input along with David Woodward an Airspace Infringement Specialist on his team. They will describe a particularly interesting MOR case study and discuss the Airspace Infringement Review Process with ample opportunity for a good Q&A session afterwards.

Bring along your logbook on the night to receive a Safety Endorsement sticker.

Dai Heather-Hayes 'Joining and Flying The Circuit' Wednesday 20th March at 7pm

Joining and Flying The Circuit: Best practice and pitfalls to avoid.

The circuit is where we regularly fly closest to other aircraft. Join us in the Club Room and review the various keys to keeping everyone safe in the circuit as Dai talks us through the good, the bad and the ugly!

With plenty of time for an open discussion too, this will be an excellent time to reflect and refresh your skills in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Ken Bruce - Author of 'Aviation in Perthshire - People, Places and Planes' Wednesday 21st February at 7pm

We are delighted that Ken Bruce, author of the fascinating book, ‘Aviation in Perthshire – People, Places and Planes’ will join us for the evening.

Ken will be talking about aviation in Perthshire and his book which can be purchased by clicking HERE, or going to our Take Off page HERE, where you will also be able to discover more about the charity. Profits from the sales of this book will go to Take Off – the Scottish Aero Club’s charity of choice.

Ian McNeish 'A Spitfire named Gibraltar' Wednesday 24th January at 7pm

Join us in the club house to hear Ian McNeish talk about recovering a crashed spitfire, whose remains lay hidden on the banks of the Bannock Burn. The discovery, in turn, led to a poignant commemoration ceremony for the pilot in 2021.  ‘A Spitfire named Gibraltar’ is just one of the remarkable tales told in the the book “The Bannock Burn” by Murray Cook and Ian McNeish.


Meet up for lunch. Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st December 12 noon - 2pm

If you’re missing flying or missing chatting about flying, pop in to the Club for soup, toasties and Elaine’s delicious cakes and a natter with your flying pals! See you there.

SAC Christmas Party 16th December, 7pm

'A Trip to the Arctic Riviera: G-APFV to Northeast Greenland'
15th November, 7pm

Join Dr John Thorogood in the SAC Clubhouse to hear about his epic journey to Northeast Greenland in G-APFV to Northeast Greenland. For anyone looking to be more adventurous with their travels over the coming year, this might be the inspiration you’re looking for!

Refreshments will be served after the talk.

This is a free event and open to all, please feel free to bring along family and friends.

Halloween Family Event 11th November, 4pm

Join us for our delayed Halloween Party in the clubroom! Apple Dookin’, Treacle Scones, Monster Hot Dogs, Pumpkin Soup, Halloween Party Food, Spooky Cakes and Treats. This event is open to club members and their guests. Tickets only. *Tickets purchased for the postponed event on 29th are still valid. If you purchased a ticket and cannot make the new date, please let Elaine know.

AST Hangar Tour Perth Airport 18th October, 7pm

Ever wondered what goes on in the modern Air Service Training hangar to the east of ours? 

Air Service Training (Engineering) Ltd. is opening its doors to SAC members for a visit on the evening of Wednesday 18th October at 7 pm.

Please let Elaine know at if you’d like to join so AST can plan accordingly.

Kingsmuir Fly-In
1st October from 12.00 noon

Buchan Aeroclub - Fly-in & BBQ Saturday 9th Sept Sunday 10th as weather back up Longside Airfield, Peterhead

Come by air or road!
PPR for Pilots – call Johnathan Milbank on 07825 8511111
No landing fees – Donations welcome
Avgas available Mogas by arrangement – 24 Hrs Notice please.
BBQ on & museum open from 11:00 – 16:00.

Kirriemuir Private Strip Fly-in & BBQ Saturday 9th September

No PPR required – blind calls on SafetyCom 135.480
Runway 09 / 27 to the South West Of Kirriemuir
Avoid overflying Kirriemuir, ALL CIRCUITS TO THE SOUTH OF THE STRIP
No landing fees – Donations for SCAA.
No Mogas
Arrive Friday with tent & towel and camp if you want – shower provided in the morning. Contact Aaron on 07845 503054.
BBQ & Landing fees – Donations in the bucket please for SCAA.

SAC Annual Fly-In
1st - 3rd September

The Inaugural James MacIntyre Navigation Competition
01 July - 31st August

James MacIntyre was from the Balbeggie area and learned to fly with the Edinburgh University Air Squadron, sadly, James passed away in 2021. In James’ memory, an attractive brass compass mounted on a plinth has been given to the aeroclub for use specifically as the trophy in a navigation competition.

For its inaugural award, we have devised a small, local, fun competition, open to members of the Scottish Aero Club only. Members may enter either as a single pilot or as a crew of pilot and navigator. (In the future this trophy may be won as an element of the “longest flight” competition – whether or not the flight itself also wins.)

The task tests plotting accuracy (whether on a paper chart or electronically), flying accuracy, and observational skills on reaching the (hopefully correct!) target.

The winner will be decided by reviewing all of the evidence provided, so it is in your best interest to provide as much info as possible – SkyDemon screenshots, photos of charts and plogs, photos of the target (if safe and legal to do so) and an answer to the task question.

The competition will be judged by the committee, or if committee members have also entered, by an independent third party – a non-affiliated SCAA pilot or Ari Villadsen, CAA examiner.


Please send your entries to titled “Navigation Competition Entry”.



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Swiss AOPA Group 28th August - 2nd September

Around 20 aircraft from the Swiss AOPA group will be flying in to spend the week based at Scone!

They will arrive late afternoon on the 28th when we will arrange a welcome for them. They are keen to experience the delights that Scotland has to offer, therefore a full programme has been designed for their visit including scenic flights across Scotland and distillery visits. They will also be here to enjoy our very own Keith Boardman’s talk about his experience flying around Scotland’s distilleries and our Annual Fly-In.

Click on the links opposite details of the three flying routes designed for the visit. These routes can be downloaded for anyone to try in exchange for a donation to Take-Off charity. Please click HERE for details of the charity and how to donate.

Please do introduce yourselves to our visitors if you see them at the Club, we’re sure they will appreciate a chat and any advice/information on what to expect while flying around Scotland!

"A Nip around Scotland's Distilleries"
Talk by Keith Boardman 30th August 7pm

Join us for an entertaining talk, a wee nip or two (for non-drivers) and a chance to meet our Swiss flying friends and talk about BIG mountain flying (August saw snowfall on the mountains above 5,000′ in Switzerland!).

Montrose Fly-In
26th & 27th August

Dornoch club fly-out
19th August

*Due to the unpredictable passage of Storm Betty across Scotland, this event has been cancelled.

 Make use of the Club’s landing card and join us for a fly-out to Dornoch. Aircraft based in our hangar can enjoy free landings, others are required to PPR and pay with the council at their website.

Those wishing to go:  Meet at the Club around 10:00 for departure, with a planned landing time by 11:30 and walk into Town.  Remember to send in your details post-event.  There is no charge thanks to the Club landing card but the council want a record of the airfield usage. 

Ladies Day at the Scottish Aero Club
12th August

We are delighted that this event is now sold out … but we’re hoping to hold more Ladies Days so please check back here for future dates!

Ladies – have you ever thought about learning to fly? Here’s your chance to understand more about what’s involved, talk to female pilots and experience a short flight – weather permitting. There will be a tour of the hangar to see the kind of aircraft our members fly and understand a little about how the Scottish Aero Club works. Afternoon tea is included.

This is a ticketed event, with limited spaces – to purchase your ticket or request further information, please get in touch with Elaine: mobile 07708 302 803; office 01738 550055 or, email

This event is open to all interested ladies as well as family and friends of our existing members.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Aviation Without Borders SAC
5th August
(6th August Weather Standby)


Every year, the Scottish Aero Club hosts Aviation without Borders, a charity “dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance through aviation services irrespective of politics, religion, race or nationality”.

We are looking for Club Members to put their piloting skills to good use and “give something back” by putting a smile on the faces of some young people who could do with some fun and happiness in their lives. If you are a pilot of 2 and 4-seater aircraft and can offer just a little of your time to help with this event, please contact Syd Smith at or via the Club.

For more details about Aviation Without Borders, please visit their website HERE.

This event is for participants invited by Aviation Without Borders only.

LAA Highland Strutt, Easter Airfield, Ross-Shire
29th - 30th July

The LAA held their Highland Strutt which will be held at Easter Airfield, Fearn, Ross-Shire on the last weekend in July.  

Longside Airfield BBMF Flypast
21st July 18.45

Longside Poster

Fife Airport Fly-in
25th June

Fife Airport is holding a Fly-in on Sunday 25th June.  Drop in any time of day; enjoy a snack or a meal at the SkyView Cafe.  To visit their website, please click here HERE.

No Landing Fees.  Avgas and UL91 available. 

Sollas Fly-in
24th - 25th June

The 2023 Sollas Fly-in over the weekend of 24th & 25th June.  For those of you who have been before will know the drill; for those of you new to the fly-in and hoping to attend, we can only say it is an experience you will never forget!  Regardless of the weather, there will be a BBQ and the warmest welcome at Sollas whether you arrive by plane, ferry, car or walk!

For those intending on making the journey to Sollas, it is important to be aware of what to expect.  For full details and instructions please click HERE.   

SAC Longest(ish) Day BBQ 24th June

The Club held a BBQ to celebrate the Summer Solstice … drenched in sunshine with the sun setting over the airfield, a great afternoon/evening was had by all! 

Burgers were served from 3 pm onwards (and, as a lot of folk hung around, fabulous pizzas made on site by Kevin & Elaine appeared later in the evening!).


Longside Fly-in
17th June

Buchan Aeroclub held its first Fly-In of the year at Longside Airfield on Saturday the 17th June with Sunday 18th as a weather backup. The barbeque was fired up and the airfield museum open. All welcome to fly in, or drive in!

No landing fees. PPR.

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East Fortune Fly-in
10th - 11th June

East Fortune East Fly-In.  This event was not at the Microlight School.

Kirkbride Airfield Open Day
28th May

Kirkbride Airfield held its Open Day.  To visit their website, please click HERE.

51st Mull Annual Fly-in Glenforsa
27th, 28th & 29th May

Glenforsa Airfield held its annual fly-in over the May Bank Holiday weekend. To visit their website, please click HERE

Scottish Aero Club AGM 13th May 15.00

Members – please see Scottish Aero Club enews 11/23 dated 28.04.23 for further details.

The meeting was held in the Club Room. 

Bose and Garmin evening hosted by Pooleys
4th May 18.00 - 21.00

An informative evening with Stuart Bannister from Pooleys; a representative from Garmin who will be exhibiting and presenting the latest safety, enhancing and retrofit solutions from the Garmin Aviation product portfolio; and Bose will present the features, and product updates of the industry-leading Bose Aviation Headsets. Find out about the NEW A30 Aviation headset features.

Join us to learn, and talk about your aircraft and what solutions are available to enhance safety and awareness.  Plus, Pooleys will be offering ‘on-the-night offers’ on a range of products!

Registration has been requested, so we have a rough idea of numbers, but not necessary.  So please free to come along on the evening, or, if you prefer, please let Elaine know you will be attending.

Snacks and refreshments will be served and are kindly provided by Pooleys.

*Please note, while the event officially starts at 6 pm, Stuart from Pooleys will be at the Aero Club from early afternoon if you would like to drop in for a chat.

SAC Annual Members Dinner 22nd April 19.00

The Aero Club Annual Dinner and Awards Presentations at The George Hotel, Perth.  Three-course dinner, presentation of trophies, speeches, banter and camaraderie. 

This event is open to Club Members, partners and friends only.  

ACS Festival of Flight 8th April 10.00 - 17.00

ACS Festival of Flight is open to all ages and includes a fun day of entertainment and music plus the opportunity to take a wee peek behind the scenes of Scotland’s busiest General Aviation airport.  

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to take a trial flying lesson or check out the ACS Flight Training simulator *booking in advance is recommended.

Please go to Perth Airport Website HERE to find out more. 

Talk by Margaret Bowman 22nd March 2023

Dunfermline-born author, Margaret Bowman will be joining us at the Aeroclub on 22nd March with an interesting insight into local aviation history. Her book The Lost Airfields of Angus provides a comprehensive historical account of the military airfields that played such a vital role in the first and Second World Wars. The talk will commence at 19.00.

There will be the opportunity to chat with Margaret after the talk and view some artefacts of interest as well as purchase her book. There is no charge for this event. Refreshments will be served at the end of the talk.

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