RAF Waddington Flying Club Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Back in 2003 a small group of highly motivated and tenacious individuals got together and decided to set up a flying club at RAF Waddington.

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This group of individuals included the club’s current chairman, Flt Lt Chris Hives, Dick Dawe and the current Gp Capt Air Warfare Centre, Al Seymour. During the subsequent 10 years the club has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a hugely thriving, efficient and safe flying environment which offers its members the cheapest hourly flying rates available at any flying club in the UK.

Having so emphatically achieved the club’s highest priority of offering the cheapest possible flying, the club decided to celebrate its birthday in style with a series of events and expeditions throughout the anniversary year.

During the summer the club embarked on an ambitious expedition designated “Operation CAKE”. The mission was to fly-in and hand deliver bespoke Waddington Flying Club birthday cakes to every RAF flying club. To achieve this challenge the country was split in to thirds and club pilots were dispatched to make the deliveries. The northern leg, including RAF Leuchars, was by far the longest total flying time but that particular group were rewarded with the stunning scenery around Scotland that can only be truly appreciated from the air.

The club was also very proud to award its inaugural flying scholarship to SAC Kirsty Warden. Kirsty was nominated by her superiors and was deemed by the Stn Cdr to be the most deserving of many candidates through a combination of her genuine enthusiasm for aviation and her hard-working, selfless attitude to other activities outside of her normal day-to-day work. At the time of writing, Kirsty has successfully completed the first 3 flights and is already impressing the club’s Chief Flying Instructor, Dave Cockburn. Nominations for next year’s scholarship will be invited from April next year.

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The Bader Braves is a well-established charity which tries to give disabled and disadvantaged children the opportunity to experience the thrill of flying. The RAF Waddington Flying Club is pleased to support this event every year and 2013’s occasion was as big and successful as ever. With over 80 visitors throughout the day, the aircraft and club’s instructors were busy but, helped by the glorious weather, the day was huge success.

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The final event of the anniversary year was a formal dinner in Lincoln and an opportunity for the club’s pilots to swap their flying jackets for dinner jackets. Very well attended by members and their guests, it was a late night followed by some sore heads but a great way to finish a great year.

2014 promises to see the club’s success continue with some new initiatives on the horizon. The current fleet of 6 aircraft offers a wide range of aircraft to suit all needs and budgets. The price for membership remains the same as it was 10 years ago at £10 per month and the flying rates (inclusive of fuel) start at £60 per hour for the Cessna 152. As well as benefitting from a large fleet of aircraft, the club is also lucky to have plenty of instructors meaning that availability is rarely an issue. Anyone interested in joining the club to learn to fly or gain a Private Pilots License from their service flying should contact the Officer in Charge (Sqn Ldr Seb Hall) or Chairman (Flt Lt Chris Hives) for more details.