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SAC AGM Saturday 18th May at 3pm

Notice is given of the Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Aero Club which will take place upstairs at the Club Room on Saturday 18th May 2024 at 3pm. 

Scottish Aero Club 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.

We would love to see you there along with your family and friends.

G-Mola for sale as the Club moves up to new level - Now Sold!

The Scottish Aero Club are looking to move up to the recently introduced 600Kg MTOW Microlight class, up from the previous 450Kg. An unexpected opportunity to secure a second-hand aircraft has come up. Used factory-built aircraft are very rare as this category is so new.

As a consequence, one of the club’s Eurostars, G-MOLA is now for sale. This could be your opportunity to pick up a well-cared-for Eurostar with known provenance. 

G-MOLA has now been sold. 

2023

Ken's generosity featured in the Press!

The generous offer by local author Ken Bruce to donate profits from his book, ‘Aviation in Perthshire – People, Places and Planes’, to the Take Off charity was featured in articles recently published in the Perthshire Advertiser and Daily Record.

To read the article, please click HERE for a link to the Daily Record.

If you haven’t bought your copy yet, you can purchase the book from Amazon by clicking HERE.

Proceeds from book sales will go to the SAC charity of choice, Take Off. To discover more about Take Off, please go to our page HERE.

Surprise award for SAC

It was a big surprise when Scottish Aero Club Chair, William Scott, was called up to receive an award for Services to the Local Community on behalf of the Club at the Perth Airport and ACS annual awards event on Friday 3rd November.  To read more, click HERE.

Halloween Family Event 11th November

The new date for our postponed Halloween event is 11th November. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

The James MacIntyre Navigation Trophy Winners 2023

Big congratulations to Ian and Kathryn Ferguson flying Skyranger G-CDBO, winners of the James MacIntyre Navigation Trophy for 2023!

In case you skipped the home page where the winning entry is detailed, click HERE to go back and read all about it!

Nomination for Club and Committee Member, Russell Myles!

We are delighted to announce that our club and committee member, Russell Myles, is one of three nominees for the Pilot Of The Year in the Air Ambulances UK Annual Awards for Excellence 2023. The ceremony will be held at Reading Football Club stadium on 30th November.

Russell is one of the keenest and one of the most modest aviators we know. The fact that he has been nominated for such an award is an indication of the man behind the modesty! Good luck Russell!

We will let you know how he got on. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about the awards, their website can be found HERE.

For information about the invaluable work of the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance, please visit their website HERE.

New - Members looking to Buy/Sell/Syndicate

We are very pleased to announce an area under The SAC section of this website where members of the Scottish Aero Club can post details of either their aircraft for sale, aircraft they may be looking to purchase or syndicates they may wish to sell or buy into.

If you have any aviation related items you wish to add to this page, please download the form and send it back to us and we will get it posted as soon as possible!

Click HERE to have a look!

Ladies' Day at the Scottish Aero Club makes the news!

Following our very successful Ladies’ day at the Scottish Aero Club in August, we were delighted to welcome Dani Garaveli, from the Herald Newspaper, who wrote a fantastic article about the event and those involved. If you haven’t seen the article yet, please click here to read it – Herald Newspaper.

Please note that you may only be able to see the article once due to the newspaper’s online regulations. A copy of the paper is also available in the clubhouse.

Scottish Aero Club Annual Fly-In
1st - 3rd September

A busy Friday afternoon opened this year’s event with representatives from the both LAA and the CAA present to meet and greet our own members and those who flew in to visit.

Invited guests for the Friday evening BBQ saw representatives from the Morris Leslie Group, ACS, AST, and MSPs who sit on parliamentary committees for Aviation and Tourism all joining in the fun. The Swiss held their end-of-tour briefing and were then Piped out from the clubhouse much to their surprise and fascination. A particular highlight of the weekend was when our youngest SAC Junior Member took his first flight in one of the club’s Eurostars with SAC’s youngest pilot, Adam on Saturday. He was duly awarded his SAC Wings on landing!

Numbers were up on last year with 11 aircraft visiting on Friday and 31 on Saturday. The Stovies and Chilli on Saturday were well enjoyed as were the pie and peas or beans towards the end of the dance. There was a good number on the floor, including the LAA Chair Eryl Smith and Chief Inspector Lucy Wootton (Eryl lived in Banchory for 5 years and loves a ceilidh). Go to the events page in Galleries to see a few photos of the event. A big thanks to everyone who participated, particularly to those who volunteered to help and to Elaine our office manager.

Swiss AOPA Fly-Out
28th - 1st September

We were delighted to welcome 17 aircraft carrying 42 people from Switzerland on 28th August. The team was split into 2 x 6 and 1 x 5 aircraft each to fly three routes over three days. All of the routes are now uploaded to the Pilot’s Information page of the SAC Website – take a look! As might be expected, the Scottish weather meant that only the Campbeltown route was flyable on the first day. The other two groups, scheduled for Kirkwall and Plockton had a fall-back bus trip to East Fortune Air Museum. Fortunately for the rest of the week, the weather improved. Another coach day on Wednesday to the Falkirk Wheel, Kelpies, and Glenturret Distillery proved hugely popular.

Our very own expert aircraft photographer Wallace Shackleton has captured images of each of the aircraft and these can be found here. The feedback on the welcome received at the Scottish Aero Club has been very positive indeed. Thanks to all club members who made the group feel at home with us.

BWPA Announces 2023 Scholarships

The British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA) has just announced its 2023 Scholarships.

For further information, please go to pilotweb.aero.

To find out more about the BWPA, please go to their website here.

* Applications close at 20:00 on 26 September 2023.

Scottish Aero Club Fly-In
1st - 3rd September

Visiting Pilots please use discount code SACFREE calling in to this weekend’s Fly-In at Perth – this will permit 1 free landing per day! We’re looking forward to seeing you.

Dornoch Fly-Out 19th August is Cancelled
(Posted Friday 18th August)

Due to the unpredictable passage of Storm Betty across Scotland, the Dornoch Fly-Out scheduled
for Saturday 19th August is cancelled. 

Update - Aviation Without Borders
(Posted Friday 4th August 2023)

Please note that due to the weather forecast for tomorrow, 5th August, the Aviation Without Borders event has been rescheduled for Sunday 6th August.

Dornoch Flypast - Restricted Airspace
Saturday 22nd July 2023

The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be undertaking a flypast in Lancaster PA474 on Saturday 22nd July at approximately 1500 for around 5 minutes, centred around 500m north of Dornoch airfield.

A NOTAM will be issued for the event, but we have also been asked to notify airfield users that there is to be no flying into or out of Dornoch from 1445-1515 (or until the flypast is complete).

The Scottish Aeroclub enjoys a free landing card at Dornoch so if you plan to fly on the 22nd, please be aware of the above.

Wednesday 8th June 2023 - Fuel at EGPT
Message from The Accountable Manager of Perth Airport

The message below is targeted at visiting pilots requiring PPR but with relevant comments for SAC members on Avgas availability. 

Please therefore give advance notice via the on-line PPR system if you know you will require Avgas for a future planned flight.  This will help ACS manage fuel planning.  We hope erelong that the supply situation will improve and not require this. 

“It has been well publicised that the supply of Avgas has been interrupted across the UK over the past month. It’s been particularly challenging getting a regular uninterrupted supply of Avgas to Scotland, we continue to work closely with fuel suppliers to ensure that we can offer a reliable ongoing supply of fuel. We thank you for your patience and encourage you all to PPR in advance detailing whether fuel is required, as this will support our fuel planning strategy.”

June 2023 - Award for former SAC Chairman Ian Corse

Our former Club Chairman, Ian Corse, recently received an award from the Royal Aero Club.  To read more, please click HERE.

Saturday 27th May 2023
Touch & Go - Revision to Section 2.1

Perth Airport SOP has been updated based on discussions at the Perth Airport Safety Committee Meeting.  The revision is to section 2.1 and the added text is as follows:

It is recommended that not more than five aircraft carrying out Touch and Goes remain in the circuit at any time.  This does not include aircraft in the circuit intending to land or vacate the ATZ. 

The Tower will advise any aircraft intending Touch and Go circuit practise if the circuit is at maximum capacity at the time.  

Tuesday 23rd May 2023
New Lost & Found Section

Have you lost or misplaced something in the hangar?

Please click HERE to go to our new Lost & Found page under the Members Section to see images of several items looking to be returned to their owners.   But be quick – any items unclaimed by the end of July 2023 will be donated to a charity shop or disposed of accordingly. 

 

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