Barton Aerodrome Newsletter
Vol 9 No 3 May 2002
In this issue... Student Success
The Aerodrome land has now been sold Congratulations to the following:
and the Committee will begin
negotiations with the new Landlords First Solo:
regarding our lease which expires in Jeb Suresh, Dave Hotchin,
2005. More details inside. Lee Foundation, Jeff Nield,
Janet Richardson, Damian Evans,
There were no controversial items at Jeff Gosling, Garry Barr
the recent AGM, attended by around 80
members. Kevin McGuire was elected Skills Test
on to the Committee — his life history Dave Dudley, Tony Quinn,
and ideas for the future on page 2. John Doyle, Claire Pinkney,
Paul Goddard, Alexander
Lancashire Aero Club celebrates its Madgwick,
80th anniversary this year. Look out for Gary Grayson, Urfan Munir,
other special events. Steve Connah,
Around the Field
Last date for next issue: Green Crossing Code
30May 2002 Pilots please remember not to cross an
Editor: Chris Hicks active runway without permission
Contributors: Peter Smith, Steve from the Control Tower (ATC). If you
Todd, Kevin McGuire do not have a radio, stop and wait for a
Green Light from the Tower.
This is particularly relevant when
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Runway 02/20 is in use, and aircraft are Fly-In Weekend
proceeding to the hold or to the parking The event on May 11/12th was part of
area by the Western windsock. the 80th Anniversary Celebrations.
STOP and ASK before you CROSS. If The weather was fantastic and
you are not sure where to taxy, ask ATC. everything proceeded smoothly. The
Fly-In attracted 77 aircraft from all
Car break-in over the country.
John Latimer parked his car outside
Hangar 2 (by the airfield entrance) on
Sunday morning (17th February) and Kevin McGuire
popped into the hangar.. When he by Kevin McGuire
returned a few minutes later, the car [our new Committee Member...... Ed]
window had been smashed and a bag
stolen, The bog contained: an Icom I originally started flying at Barton
radio, intercom/power pack, two about 25 years ago. Cost then was £10
Communica headsets, a Magellan GPS, per hour. Within a short time this
Pooleys, Lockyer’s Farmstrips Guide as increased to £40 per hour due to the
well as items of clothing. oil crisis.
If anyone comes across or is offered any In 1995 I started flying again, as the
of these items, please inform the Police company I worked for agreed to pay
(crime ref.no.054033B/02) 0161-856 for flying lessons.
5257 and LAC staff.
Paul Simms, my instructor, was the
New certificates catalyst in 1996 in organising myself
Anyone having a Trial Lesson will now and nine other Members to purchase a
receive a very smart full colour Piper Cherokee 160, G –ARVU.
Certificate to hang on their wall. These My other interest is rugby, and for
were designed by Nick Duriez, who is some years I was Chairman of the
also responsible for LACs excellent North Manchester and Oldham
website: www.lancsaeroclub.co.uk College RUFC. An arm injury in 1999
Repainting ended my career, but I still assist the
Observant Members will notice that the Club as Special Projects Executive.
ClubHouse exterior has been repainted. My son Liam became an Air Cadet in
Likewise the Visitor Centre. 1998 and I joined their committee.
The Flying School portacabins are to I gained a Postgrad Marketing Diploma
receive the same treatment, and general and became an Associate of The
tidying up. Chartered Institute of Marketing. Until
Many visitors, particularly helicopters, this year my work precluded standing
are expected during the Commonwealth for election to the Barton Committee.
Games this July, and to assist with On a personal note, I firmly believe
refuelling we are to acquire a portable that to gain maximum benefit out of
fuel bowser. any organisation, one should be
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prepared to offer help to that annual State of the Forest address.
organisation in any way we can. Since
we are not only a private members This year’s main theme included the
club, but also a business, I believe we theory that evolution not revolution
should be challenging our current makes for better stability and
working habits. This could include continuity in managing the club. A
seeking best working practice, auditing pleasant revelation this, since I always
our work and having customer thought that evolution had missed out
satisfaction surveys to ensure that we Barton completely. Grand eulogies
are developing customer focus. We were attributed to all our various
should look at increasing the service centres, not least this year the
professionalism of our entire foragers in charge of building tree
organisation. houses (Ground Staff and
Over recent years I have seen great
improvements at Barton and want to be Not surprisingly the evil Whittaker,
part of the organisation which keeps Sheriff de Trafford was on the main
these improvements moving forward agenda. He and his cavalier henchmen
for the benefit of all our customers, are endeavouring to chop the forest
members and staff. down and build chariot parks or
shopping malls upon the land.
Gold sovereigns are now managed by
All a’quiver Andy Beaumont, who has located all
This year’s AGM the treasure chests and put in lots of
by Steve “Friar Tuck” Todd systems to manage the loot. As ever
The invitation to attend the annual the ladies in the Tower have done a
gathering of Chairman Robbin’ (under sterling job.
the) Hood and his band of Merry Members traditionally use the AGM as
Wingmen led 80 or so brave club an opportunity to bring the Committee
members to the Sherwood Tea Rooms to heel about financial matters which
(aka Barton Clubhouse) one night in concern them. Cadbury Dave was
April to hear the daring escapades of challenged on the sticky subject of
the outlaws over the previous year. non-allowable VAT but soon had Andy
As usual Maid Marion Williams was in on the run. Ex-banker Peter Flitcroft
attendance to scribe the parchments, pursued a number of balance sheet
looking less maiden-like by the week items round in circles until he got
(congratulations !). Secretary Little John cramp. The ugly visage of increased
Kavanagh banned the quaffing of mead bad debts also reared itself, but was
promptly at 19.30 and the hot air deftly swept under the carpet by
festival commenced. auditors (or are they PR agents ?)
Haslam Tunstall. In any event they
To get everyone in the mood it is were obviously sufficiently adept at
customary to tell tales of last year’s smoothing the mill pond to find
gathering, and we all had to approve of themselves appointed for a further
these. Robbin’ then stood to deliver his year.
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Having lost the will to live, or perhaps year, terminating at the next AGM.
sated on the gluttony of the previous 2. Membership Year
hour, members promptly re-elected all That the Membership year be moved
retiring outlaws and Robbin’ retained from 01 October — 30 September
his leadership. There would normally to 01 April — 31 March.
follow a good bun fight of Motions for This would be effected by introducing a
one-off six month membership period.
Consideration, but this year no one had
accepted the challenge. It was left to
the Committee to extend their term of The Light Planes Lancashire Ltd (that
office from two to three years (Rule 6) is the company running the business)
and to introduce a cunning ruse to AGM was held on 7th May with the
collect two lots of forest tax next year, Directors and Trustees. The accounts
by moving the membership year to 1st were approved and auditors Haslam
April (no joke !). Tunstall were re-appointed.
As hog roasts go, this was a tame affair We have finally been told that the
and the meeting concluded at 21.05, Leases for Barton have been transferred
something of a modern day record. I to Manchester Ship Canal
hope this is a reflection of Robbin’s Developments Ltd. The Committee will
efficiency and not complacency on the now be looking to negotiate with the
part of the membership. Sheriff new Landlords to extend the Lease in
Whittaker is unlikely to be charitable if line with the suggestions in our recent
we want to continue managing our Development Study. We have not yet
forest as a sustainable ecology. heard from the Ombudsman regarding
our complaint against Manchester City
by Peter Smith
The recent AGM had no surprises, and
72 voting members attended. See Saturday 8th June — Social Event.
review in this issue. It has been The Round Britain Microlight Rally
suggested the AGM be moved to the leaves Barton on Thursday 6th June
Autumn and this is being considered. and ends 8th June. Celebrated with
Social Event in the Clubhouse at 8pm.
The two motions at the AGM were
carried by large majorities. Details of North West Balloon & Airship Club
the motions are: 21st Anniversary Event at Barton on
31st May to 2nd June.
1. Rule Amendment Hangar Dance, Saturday 10th August
Rule 6 to be amended to read: Each year
at the AGM three Members shall be with The Tony Greenwood Band.
elected to serve on the Committee for a
period of three years. Retiring Members To retain historical value, no changes were
are eligible for re-election. The made to the text in this old document when
Committee reserves the right to co-opt publishing on the www.
up to three extra Members who would Signed Chris Hicks (Dec 2006)
serve for a period of not more than one
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