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David Scouller – A Lifetime in Avation – UPDATE

Posted on: February 9th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Please note food is available for the event on the 23rd; the meal choices include curry, lasagne and a vegetarian option. If you’d like a meal on the night, please login to update your booking via www.oldsarumairfield.co.uk if you’ve booked direct to the airfield, or contact the Ops Desk on 01722 444890 (or info@flysarum.com)  if you’ve booked through the Flying School. The food will be served at 6pm for the talk at 7pm.  

New Telephone Number & Premises

Posted on: February 6th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

As of 9am tomorrow morning, we will be using a new telephone number; 01722 212 063. The old phone number, 01722 444 890, will still be live, but will now be the Old Sarum Airfield number (i.e. separate to us). We will also be moving to new premises on Old Sarum Airfield. To find us from our previous location, exit the Skies Cafe, turn right and keep on walking past the fuel farm until you reach the Control Tower. We are located directly opposite the Control Tower, on the other side of the car parking area. Go through the door… Read More »

Email Outage – Now fixed

Posted on: February 6th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Please be aware that we have been unable to receive emails from late on Sunday. We have now fixed the problem; please could anyone who has tried to contact us via email since Sunday resend it (you should have received an error message if we didn’t get it).

Special Announcement

Posted on: February 1st, 2013 by Ben 2 Comments

Dear Members, I am writing with news of some exciting changes to the flying school over the next few months. As some of you may be aware the parent company of the flying school has been considering its interest in the school for the last few months. This has been prompted in part by an expansion of their main business and a concern that they aren’t able to provide all of the resources needed to ensure that we provide a vibrant flying school for our pilots in addition to the high quality of teaching which our instructors provide. As a consequence they have been considering various… Read More »

Luke Bugden First Solo

Posted on: January 26th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Luke Bugden has just flown his first solo flight in G-EDGI. Well done Luke – big congratulations from all at OSFS!

Swanwick Visit

Posted on: January 21st, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Today’s visit to the NATS Centre at Swanwick was greatly enjoyed by the 11 strong OSFS contingent who attended. The trip was highly informative and extremely worthwhile – it included a briefing on the Centre and the operation of the London Terminal Control Area, in addition to a visit to the D&D Cell. OSFS members were also introduced to the voices behind “London Information”! Many thanks to David Pulman of NATS and all at Swanwick.

Joss Stannah First Solo

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by Ben 1 Comment

Joss today flew her first solo flight in G-MAVV. Well done Joss and big congratulations from all at OSFS!

David Scouller – A Life In Aviation

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

David Scouller will be at Old Sarum giving a talk on his long and distinguished career in aviation on 23rd February 2013. He will be talking about his time in the military and in civilian aviation as well as Chief Test Pilot at ETPS. Please register your interest with Jemma via info@flysarum.com, the booking page on www.oldsarumairfield.com, telephone, or in person.

Words From Geoff Prout, CFI

Goodbye and good riddance to 2012 which has been a rotten year for light aviation – in spite of the superb drainage of our runway at Old Sarum, the inclement weather has been discouraging to say the least! But rules and regulations continue to multiply and I remind you that we are now in the JAR-FCL to EASA transition period so be sure to understand how this may affect your licence/rating. Be aware that any EASA ticket will need to certify you are able to speak English! In 2008 the CAA decreed that all UK licence holders were automatically granted… Read More »

Mid Week Prize Draw

Posted on: January 15th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Jack Judd wins this month’s mid week prize draw – he wins £50 off his next flight!

Swanwick Visit

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

We still have a few places left on our visit to Swanwick ATC on Monday 21st January at 11:00. The visit will include a tour of the Distress and Diversion cell, who are responsible for monitoring and responding on 121.5 MHz. All visitors must have a valid photo ID (i.e. passport or drivers license including counterpart). Please register your interest with Jemma via info@flysarum.com, telephone, or in person.

MATZ Active Sunday 16th December

Posted on: December 16th, 2012 by Ben No Comments

Please note the further to the update below, the Boscombe Down MATZ is NOT active today. Please note that the Boscombe Down MATZ will be active this Sunday 16th, between 0900 and 1600 local, due to Chinook flying.

Swanwick ATC Visit

Posted on: December 11th, 2012 by Ben No Comments

We have been able to secure a visit to Swanwick ATC on Monday 21st January at 11:00. Swanick plays host to the en-route control section of NATS for Wales & Southern England, including London Terminal Control and London Area Control (“London Information”). The visit will also include a tour of the Distress and Diversion cell, who are responsible for monitoring and responding on 121.5 MHz. We have 10 to 15 spaces available – all visitors must have a valid photo ID (i.e. passport or drivers license including counterpart). Please register your interest with Jemma via info@flysarum.com, telephone, or in person.

Christmas Opening Hours

Posted on: December 4th, 2012 by Ben No Comments

Sunday 23rd December – 08:30- 14:30 Monday 24th December to Monday 31st December – CLOSED Monday 1st January – CLOSED Tuesday 2nd January – 08:30-16:00 Wednesday 3rd January – 08:30-Sunset Any suitably qualified pilots may be able to fly on Monday 1st January subject to prior arrangement. We will need to know by Saturday 22nd December. Please note Old Sarum Airfield (distinct from Old Sarum Flying School) have seperate opening hours; these can be found here 

Pearls Of Wisdom

Approximately 40 people attended the Pearls of Wisdom event held this weekend. Most of those who came were OSFS pilots or students, but we were happy to see many friends and family attend as well. Geoff Prout & David Wood gave presentations on “How To Go Flying…And Save Money” & “Coping With Engine Failures, Partial And Complete”, respectively. Many thanks Geoff & David, and also to the OSAF staff for the meals & bar service.  

Deputy CFI Words of Wisdom – Steam Navigation and Handraulic Maths

Some things in life are remarkably slow to change, even when there is clear evidence that change is due. Take the way we teach VFR navigation for example. You will all recall being taught VFR navigation using a ruler, protractor, wiz-wheel and so on. Are you a wind-up man or a wind-down man, sir? Perhaps you can’t remember either way. I’m not sure that I could. And of course we were all taught that navigation is not the same as map-reading. Navigation in the air requires the use of dead-reckoning so that as we fly over snowy wastes or oceans deep we can still… Read More »

Mid Week Prize Draw

Posted on: December 1st, 2012 by Ben No Comments

Phil West wins this month’s mid week prize draw – he wins £50 off his next flight!

WW2 B17 Survival Story

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 by Ben No Comments

A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named “All American”, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress… Read More »

Ian Shaw Passes Skills Test

Posted on: November 18th, 2012 by Ben 2 Comments

Ian Shaw has just flown a successful skills test and is now a qualified Private Pilot. Well done Ian – big congratulations from all at GoFly.

David Clark Passes Skills Test

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by Ben No Comments

David Clark today passed his PPL(A) skills test in G-WISE. He adds his new license to his helicopter PPL! Well done Dave – big congratulations from all at Old Sarum.

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