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.

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.

Bob Jones Memorial Airshow – thanks…

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Thanks to all the visitors to this year’s Bob Jones Memorial Airshow. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thank you also to all our volunteers and helpers. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without your hard work.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Girl Power

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The local Girl Guides and Brownies are clearly a very active bunch. These fantastic ladies came to Mid Wales Airport on 17 May to hold a fundraising event for the Wales Air Ambulance. They achieved the herculean effort of pulling an aeroplane 100 meters. Well done girls!

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Final Vulcan flights

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It has been confirmed that the year’s Bob Jones Memorial Airshow will be one of the last times the Vulcan XH558 will be seen flying.

The Vulcan To The Sky Trust have anounced that the Vulcan will be retired in August. Having extended its life for two years, the trust has found it increasingly difficult to obtain engineers with experience of the Vulcan and knowledge of how to maintain this one of a kind.

The Vulcan was designed for the Cold War as a way of delivering the UK’s nuclear arsenal, however ballistic technology and changing geo-politics meant that the Vulcan struggled to find a new place in the country’s defenses. This did not stop its use in the Falklands War, where herioc pilots guided it across nearly 8000 miles of Atlantic Ocean to help regain the islands.

The Vulcan To The Sky Trust intend to retire the Vulcan to a Vulcan Aviation Academy and Heritage Centre to “inspire and educate new generations”.

The Vulcan’s visit to Welshpool on 14th June will be a full display, giving attendees a memorable spectacle and a chance to say goodbye to this iconic aircraft.

For more information on the efforts to keep the Vulcan flying, please visit Vulcan To The Sky.

For details on this year’s airshow, including the new car parking arrangements, please visit its dedicated website.

 

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