Leicestershire Aero Club open day attracts record number of visitors
Leicestershire Aero Club’s annual open day attracted a record number of visitors which took place at Leicester Airport near Stoughton on Sunday 9th September.
Activities and displays on offer included an exhibition of classic cars from the Leicestershire Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club as well as several World War II aeroplanes on the ground and in the air. However, the main attraction was the offer of free taster flights from club members who spent the afternoon taking visitors on short aerial trips over the Leicestershire countryside.
“With the glorious sunshine and good visibility it was a great flying day, even if the wind made things a little choppy at times,” comments club secretary Malcolm Fountain. “The flights proved very popular and we were kept busy flying all day long. We estimate that we made over 150 flights, giving our visitors the chance to experience the thrill of flying in a light aircraft, as well as the opportunity to see the surrounding area from a completely different perspective.”
The club, which has over 450 members, is a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved Flight Training Organisation (FTO). This means that it is licensed to run flight training by professional flight instructors and examiners. It also offers courses and gift vouchers for trial lessons as well as training in personal pilot licences, flying companion courses and flight instructor qualifications. The club currently has a fleet of nine aircraft available for members’ use.
Set up in 1909, the club’s Stoughton home is the site of a former RAF base 3 miles south east of Leicester city centre. For more information, visit www.leicesterairport.com