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Lancashire
Address:
Warton Aerodrome c/o FTI W271F Preston Lancashire PR4 1AX United Kingdom

Phone: 01772 852362

Fax: 01772 856087

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Aircraft:- Cessna 152 (1), Cessna 172 (1), Piper Warrior (2)

In August 1997 the Club was leased an FFA Bravo from BAe Flight Training (UK) G-BNTF. The Bravo is fully aerobatic and our resident examiner and Hawk pilot, John Hurrell used it to train interested Club pilots for the AOPA Aerobatic Certificate. During its first year with the Club TF helped 4 students gain that Certificate. The Bravo was returned to Prestwick during the winter of ‘97-’98, returning again in September 1998 for a prolonged stay until August 1999. During which the aircraft helped a further three students to gain their aerobatic certificate, as well as provide many Club members with valuable experience handling a very responsive aircraft with a "proper joystick" and a more advanced constant speed propeller. In January 1999 the Club was asked to operate the Systems & Services Cessna G-SBAE on behalf of BAe, with an agreement that Club members could use the aircraft, when it was not required by BAe, this provided the Club with a heaven sent opportunity to increase its student through put. The Club acquired yet another PA-28-161 from BAe Flight Training (UK) - G-BNOP on 7th July 1999 after a somewhat eventful and prolonged ferry flight. OP actually departed Prestwick at 16:00 on 6th July 1999, but had to overnight at Carlisle due to bad weather at Blackpool and finally arrived at Blackpool Airport at 18:45 on the 7th July. This brought the Clubs fleet up to four aircraft, three of which are actually owned by the Club. By the end of 1999 the clubs annual flying rate had increased to 1385 hours. The Present The BAe (Warton) Flying Club operates out of Blackpool Airport, and has a membership of approximately 100 qualified pilots, and 25 students. Westair, based at Blackpool Airport, handle the aircraft bookings, and hanger the clubs three aircraft, a two seat Cessna 152 - that is used predominantly for training purposes, and two four seat Piper Warrior II’s (PA28-161) - that are used by the qualified members for longer duration flights, and touring. In recent times we have also leased an FFA "Bravo" from BAe Flight Training (UK) based at Prestwick to provide our members with aerobatic experience; and operate BAe’s own C172 on their behalf Members can fly all year round, the only restrictions being the airport operating hours, and the pilots own qualifications. Membership is open to all British Aerospace staff at the three Warton sites. However, members must also join the Westair flying club which is now included in the membership fee. The real cost lies in the flying time, which is currently £75 per hour, wet. The club is a non profit making organisation run solely by its members whose main aim is to make the relatively expensive hobby of flying, affordable to as many people as possible. Our Chief Flying Instructor is Mr Malcolm Hingley (FI), who shares the instructional work load with several other instructors. We also have a resident examiner, Mr. J. Hurrell who, as well as assisting with the day to day instruction, takes our students for their final Flight Test. Student pilots need a minimum of 40 hours training before they can qualify for a pilots licence, though the average is closer to 55 hours, and that time can be broken down into general training, 10 hours of solo flying, 5 hours of instrument training, dual and solo navigation excercises, and the final Flight Test. Ground exams in 6 subjects must also be passed, before the Private Pilots Licence (A) is finally issued. The Future Who, way back in 1954, could have envisaged that the BAe (Warton) Flying Club, would mature to the level its members enjoy today, with both a mix of dedicated training aircraft, airways standard touring aircraft and an Aerobatic aircraft for the brave. We have our own instructors and examiners who are capable of providing training for advanced as well as basic pilot qualifications. With continued British Aerospace Military Aircraft & Aerostructures support, the clubs committee continuously strives to improve the high standard of facilities which we offer to our members and a number of plans and projects are under discussion. Please use the form below to request more information. (BAE Systems Warton Site employees and immediate family only)

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