Bon Voyage Bercky

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Welshpool Airport 003It’s with great sadness that we say goodbye to an aeroplane that has been longer here than the airport.

G-BERC, or Bercky to those who knew him, was bought by Bob Jones, Jim Thomas and others back in 1980 at just three years old. The French-built SOCATA Rallye 150 ST was initially kept at a nearby grass strip but when that closed down Bob needed a solution fast. And so he did what any pilot/farmer would do and build an airport on his land. So, it’s really thanks to Bercky that Welshpool Airport came into being.

During its 35 years here, Bercky has seen as much as any other aeroplane, as the airport grew all around him. Every summer, Bercky went on holiday, visiting Spain, Portugal and the South of France as well as taking Bob and his family to Disneyland Paris. He has also had many pilots, with Jim Thomas flying him to the end.

Bercky now returns to France, to be based in Lyon. We wish him well with his new family and remember fondly all the adventures he gave us.

Autumnal Aviators

We are pleased to welcome a new member to our family - Al Roberts has become our newest resident with his Jabiru UL-450.

In addition we have had many visitors including a pair of SIAI Marchetti SF 260, one still with its previous markings.

Of course, this time of year brings some very spectacular helicopters for the shoots. Below we feature two Eurocopter EC135s and an August A109.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Kinig Air 250

King Air 250

This King Air was one of many recent visitors for the local shoots. For more information on how we can make the most of your shoot experience, please call us on 01938 555560.

Photography by Tania Prior

Piper PA46

Piper PA-46 Malibu

Thanks to Jamie Brown for spotting this Piper PA-46, picking up a passenger on the way to Belgium. The Malibu has set several speed records in the US and with a cruise speed of 196kn (226mph, 363 kmh) it should be back in Belgium in no time!

Wales Mountain Flying 2015

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The wonderful countryside of Mid-Wales is a great place to visit for the weekend, whether you are flying over or flying in. Snowdonia and Lake Vyrnwy are a short flight away while those landing at Welshpool have Powis Castle and many beautiful country homes on their doorstep,

Phoenix Helicopters from Blackbushe visited us as part of their Wales Mountain Flying 2015, with seven Robinson helicopters flying in convoy. 

For information on how to make the most of your visit to Mid-Wales, give us a call.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Fire Engine

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It’s not often that you get to design your own fire engine but that is exactly what we have been busy doing. Our much cherished yellow engine although far exceeding our requirement with CAT 2 Fire cover was passed its prime and slowing down in its old age. The new one is a lot more agile and is kitted to provide CAT 1 Fire cover.

In the meantime, our old engine is up for sale. If you have always wanted to drive a fire engine of your own, this could be your chance! This Chubb Pursuer with its Rolls Royce Engines was designed as a Rapid Intervention Vehicle and first registered to the CAA in 1979, sold to Gloucester Airport in 1993 and then purchased by ourselves in 2002. Contact us here.

Royal Danish Air Force

We recently had a visit from the Royal Danish Air Force. Thankfully this time it wasn’t a viking invasion and this friendly bunch replaced their longboats for a pair of SAAB T-17s.


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