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Old 19th Jul 2005, 09:20
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Pilots wanted for kidsí charity flights from Beccles Suffolk

Appeal for help. I am trying to organise a series of short flights lasting about 30 mins, on Sunday 7th August, for 20 children visiting our area from Belarus. These kids are aged between 9 and 14 and all are suffering from the affects of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station disaster of over 19 years ago. All have some form of cancer including leukaemia and thyroid. The children visit this country every year for a month, which is thought, could extend their life expectancy for up to two years. At the moment I have two aircraft confirmed, a F-172 and a two seat Jodel. If we can get another two of three aircraft then getting all 20 airborne should not be a too difficult. However the more the merrier. With more aircraft we could take the children for an hours flight. All flights are to take place from Beccles in Suffolk. There will be no landing fees for all aircraft taking place in the charity flights. Airfield details can be found on the clubs website www.rainair.co.uk

Your help in this would be very much appreciated. I managed to take one little girl for a 1-hour flight last year. She had a great time.

Many thanks

Steve




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Old 19th Jul 2005, 14:54
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Old 19th Jul 2005, 16:26
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The way I read it (particularly section 2), these 'charity' flight regs only apply when money is being paid to a registered charity rather than the operator(pilot) in return for the flight.

If you're giving free rides to people, then these rules don't apply, do they?

After all, what's the difference between this scenario, and any other flight where you take up a friend/relative/sibling for a bimble round for free?

Besides the warm feeling of helping your fellow man...obviously!

Good luck garnering support. I'm a bit too far Up north to help on this one. But its obviously a worthy cause.

All the best.

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Old 19th Jul 2005, 16:41
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Wish I could help - sorry I will be away in Australia then.

I don't think there is a problem with the rules if no money is changing hands: you are preumably expecting people to donate their time and the flights?

I hope you get a good response - sounds very worthwhile.

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Old 19th Jul 2005, 16:48
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Thanks everybody for looking. With regards to the rules, no money is being given to charities or asked for. All we are trying to do is to take some kids flying for 30 minutes or so. Therefore the only thing being donated is time. Thanks for the info though, it is well worth pointing out.

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Old 19th Jul 2005, 16:59
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Sorry, I saw the words "Charity flight" and went off at a tangent..
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Old 19th Jul 2005, 17:38
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Thanks everybody for looking. With regards to the rules, no money is being given to charities or asked for. All we are trying to do is to take some kids flying for 30 minutes or so. Therefore the only thing being donated is time. Thanks for the info though, it is well worth pointing out.
There's an argument that waiving landing fees for those taking part is valuable consideration. IMHO, it would be a very petty attitude to take, but given the Kenyon prosecution recently, you may want to square it with the CAA first. One possibility might be to waive all landing fees that day, which would break any contractual link between participation and the freebie.

Good luck with what sounds like an excellent project.
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Old 19th Jul 2005, 18:14
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I have partaken a few times in something similar. Good fun and very rewarding.

The CAA like people to operate in the spirit of the AIC.

I will point the geeza who has organised similar events in the direction of the thread.

Best of luck

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Old 19th Jul 2005, 18:45
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Used to do a lot of these for the disabled in the Islander and the Bandy. They are as much a joy for you as they are for the kids. You will feel elated at the end of the day I promise you. Prepare for tears (yours) when you get a hug.

No reward no problem. Just be sure you advise your insurer, they are usually very happy to endorse the day - or whatever.
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Old 19th Jul 2005, 19:21
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Max, well done for not sitting around but getting up and doing something

Frank pointed me to your thread, unfortunatley I no longer have an aircraft and we have a Firework display booked on the day.

I have run a similar event for the Burned Children's Club for a few years now and I would strongly suggest you notify the CAA of your intentions so that there is no danger of any misinterpretation

I am just working on the pilots brief for this years event, 25th August and you are welcome to contact me 01480 387982 if you require any information, want to hear about the experiances we have had or wish to use our brief for information

Have fun and good luck!


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Old 19th Jul 2005, 20:09
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I'm in France for the weekend, visiting the out-laws, but will ask my mates. I'm sure some of them will be up for this.
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Old 20th Jul 2005, 08:29
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Hi Steve

I've PM'd you.

I'd love to help out and have booked our group AC (Koliber 160) out for the day.

Thanks

Parvez

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Old 20th Jul 2005, 10:11
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Parvez,

Thanks very much for your support. Look forward to seeing you on the day.

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Old 20th Jul 2005, 13:33
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Maxtech,
At peril of teaching granny to suck eggs, have you contacted your local PFA struts. We do a lot of Young Aviator flights. Similar format 20 to 30 mins airbourne and we issue a certificate to the kids as a momento of the day.
Have a look here for contact details

PFA Strut listing

And here for .Young Eagles which is what the scheme was called up until recent events ment we had to change to Young Aviators.

I'm afraid that due to some peckish bovines I can't help you myself, but best of luck on the day.
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Old 20th Jul 2005, 14:13
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Thanks WM,

I hadn't thought of the PFA, thanks for the prompt. I will try to give the Crowfield group a call.

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Old 20th Jul 2005, 16:31
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Maxtech

Try Priory Farm as well - closer than Crowfield - I would offer but unfortunately I am abroad that weekend

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Old 20th Jul 2005, 23:09
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Without having checked the exact location and so on, it might be premature, but I'm available. It'd be good, as I probably won't be able to be at Popham for their Starlight Day as I'd hoped.

I've done similar things in a glider, but not, so far, in the aeroplane. It has to be one of the best things one can do with the expensive piece of paper in the brown plastic folder.

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Old 21st Jul 2005, 15:54
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7th aug

Hi Maxtech,

I am a member of a PA28-140 group in cambridgeshire,
and would love to come and join you on the 7th Aug if you are still wanting more seats.

PM on its way shortly.

Cheers,

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Old 22nd Jul 2005, 12:17
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Unhappy Flights Cancelled

I would like to thank everybody that has offered to help and all those that have past on their support and advise with this matter.

Unfortunately the organisers have just informed me that they no longer wish to take part. I don't know but it may be an insurance issue. It would seem that you can't do anything these days without the dreaded 'god safety' getting involved. Everyone is scared of their own shadow just in case someone is going to sue.

Oh well thanks again. I think I will go the Red-Bull Air Race instead.

Disappointed

Steve


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Old 22nd Jul 2005, 12:35
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Unbelievable

Lost for words!!!

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