Updated: Dec 16, 2021

Was that Santa that just flew by? - Captain Braders on a past Christmas holiday flight

In this issue :

Shaw's Report - A Winter Whiteout: Captains Shore and Bladders have an adventure.

Club Night Report - Summary of a very interesting flexwing voyage in Kenya.

Christmas Club night - The promise of the Wheatie beckons.

Cheshire Flyers Club Awards – Winners announced (and previous winners described).

Achievements - Congratulations due.

Clearing the Fog (by 500 feet) - Ian Macbeth shares the magic of the mist.

Santa visits CF by Dave Moore whose perfect Christmas present will be a P2 seat anytime.

Late Downwind - for your Christmas list: Dave Creedy's excellent book on his flying to date.

Christmas reading - The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth.

Best Christmas present ever - David Creedy treats his wife to his, no, 'their' new plane.

Cheshire Flyers Christmas Past - 'passed out' judging by sights in a lot of the photos I've seen.

The working pilot's Christmas - Mark Jealous

Langton's Ghost of Christmas Present - Daniel sees a Brocken spectre.

High Flight - Youtube link to John Magee's famous poem.

CAA wants to keep us safe - link to Safety Sense leaflet on use of moving maps.

The Brexit files - Tourers and would-be tourers take note. This is the official HMRC notice.

IMPORTANT! - Make a diary note of the 'official' Club tours (FAFs) for 2022 (at end of e-zine).


Shaw's story: Winter Whiteout - a word to the wise

I think it’s time for a story. All names & locations have been changed to protect the hapless.

The date - 15th December 2010. The place - a 400m undulating strip in Cheshire – let’s call it Acrid, the home airfield of Yan Shore, a dashing, stylish, highly intelligent, witty and capable club pilot with oddly spikey hair. Yan shared a Eurostar with his BFM (best flying mate) Don Sadbury. Don was a slightly overweight, highly experienced, flying instructor whom everyone looked up to; also affectionately known as Capt. Bladders.

In between the Eurostar’s use as a training aircraft, they would often nip off for a quick Bacon Butty (BB) somewhere local.

Wednesday 15th December was just such a day and, as they climbed out into a cloudless, windless, sky, they could not fail to admire the breath-taking beauty that the Cheshire countryside delivered beneath them.

The trip would take them on an anticlockwise circular route around the Manchester Airport zone, taking in the Dambuster training grounds of the picturesque Derwent Valley, into Barton Airfield for the obligatory BB and back home down the low level corridor to their home base for tea and medals. It was a short hop, done hundreds of times before, nothing special about it other than the rich, fanciful, banter of two flying soulmates.

Today however the faint mist on the ground looked particularly stunning, with the peaks of the hills emerging from the rapidly developing white fluffy valleys. As they approached the north east fringes of Oldham it was time to tune into Barton, a lively GA airfield, always full of traffic, both training and pleasure, but today was to be a bit different: nothing heard; the airfield as quiet as a mouse.

The white mist now enveloped the valley floors and, as the aircraft made its way towards the lower lying grounds of north Manchester, the usually clear navigational route of the M60 motorway had long since disappeared into white oblivion. “Oh dear”, they each silently thought…

“Barton Information, G-CDUT inbound at the Swinton Interchange, request join please” pronounced the authoritative voice of Capt. Bladders.

“I’m sorry G-UT” came back a pensive reply, “The airfield is closed due fog”.

“Errm, Roger, Standby” replied Capt. Bladders.

“Bollocks, what should we do now?” uttered Yan.

Capt. Bladder’s primary concern was his tiny bladder (hence the nickname) and with no loo in sight for miles, this was now a major problem.

Yan, on the other hand, being rubbish at time management, had only factored in 10 minutes for the entire 100-mile round trip (including BB); a major diversion was not an option; besides they didn’t have the fuel anyway.

Cockpit resource management was never our – I mean THEIR, strong point.

“Fuckety Fuck”, they both said in unison.

“Thanks for the information, G-UT will continue onto Acrid via the low level” said Capt. Bladders.

“Roger, G-UT, safe trip” came back the reply.

As the beleaguered crew approached the Manchester low level corridor, at 1100 feet they could have easily believed they were at 40,000 feet looking down on the white cloud layers below: just a sea of milky white fluffy stuff. They could have been anywhere, although the trusty Garmin 496 gave clues that they weren’t about to encroach on the forbidden Manchester zones.

With less than 45 minutes fuel left, in hindsight the sensible option might have been to dial in 121.50 and come clean – “London Centre, sorry we’ve screwed up, can you help us?”

However, the intrepid crew hatched a devilishly cunning plan, so cunning it could have easily have been used as an abject study into The World’s most ‘Cunning Plans’ by the Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.

“Right” said Capt. Bladders, “I’ll get my AFI (let’s call him Mike) Mike on the radio when we approach Acrid. Mike can take off in the school’s flexwing and tell us how low the cloud is; in the meantime, we’ll descend to the top of the cloud and work out how thick the layer is. I bet its only 200 feet or so. We can then set up a long GPS approach to Acrid and punch through – Easy!”

This cunning plan didn’t fill Yan with complete confidence; he’d already cheated death punching through many layers of clouds with no instruments on another continental trip; his luck might be about to run out.

As they rounded Winsford Flash, 129.825 was dialled. “G-UT to Acrid Ground, you on frequency Mike?”

Complete silence…

“Acrid Traffic, G-UT inbound, you on frequency Mike?” in a slightly more forceful tone.

Again – complete silence.

It appeared their cunning plan was about as much use as a chocolate fireguard!

THEY were now at Sundbitch, a nearby town just 2 miles to the west of Acrid, with 20 minutes fuel remaining and a sea of white beneath them. Options were indeed limited; about as limited as a man having no arms or legs with an itchy bum.

As they reached the overhead, the red low fuel light blinking away, Yan was contemplating to whom he could express his undying love in his last living moments. It shouldn’t have been Capt. Bladders, but hey – there wasn’t a phone signal and any port in a storm! Before he had chance to utter the immortal words ‘Dearest Capt. Bladders I loxx'… a massive hole appeared in the cloud over the airfield. Below them lay the greenest, most green, beautiful, mother earth airfield you have ever clapped your sorry eyes upon. Full flap, dirty dive and they were home, back on the ground and safe.

And so ends another daring ‘do – or die’ tale that they often recount over a packet of digestives and mug of coffee in the clubhouse or over a glass of Sauvignon on one of THEIR many club flyouts.

BUT – imagine if they didn’t have a GPS, or their radio was on the blink. It was only supposed to be a short local hop, in glorious conditions and they both knew the area intimately. What could go wrong?

Ian Shaw 😎


Club Night November 15th guest presentation

Many thanks are due to Hal Colliver and Rachel Green of v1 flight for the presentation that Hall gave on his adventures flying a flexwing in Kenya. We were all enthralled.

“OMG – total respect to Hal Colliver.”

Sharon Cox reviews the talk below, illustrated with photos kindly supplied by Hal.

I am literally stunned. Hal delivered his presentation in a fairly matter of fact way, explaining his many predicaments and describing his feelings along the epic flight that he did, while his audience listened intently without interruption. The enormity of some of the challenges was almost too much to take in. I have subsequently found myself ruminating on the several layers of context that I try to make sense of and the many questions that have arisen in my mind as a consequence.

Hal’s experience, in quick summary, comprised acceptance of an interesting, fun, paid assignment, to fly along the coast off Diani Beach, south of Mombasa, Kenya, looking for large marine mammals, whale sharks - papa shillingi; a dawning realisation that it wasn’t quite as first described before arriving, to the shock of reality at the destination, with the aircraft on offer simply not being airworthy. This then led to a couple of internal flights to pick up an alternative flexwing which looked to be in much better condition (until close examination) and an epic, scary, challenging flight back to the coast in the replacement aircraft; finishing with doing the job that was expected, coping with challenges there too and finally having to escape, or in Hal’s words, “Do a runner”, in order to be certain of making it home to England in relatively good health.

For me the presentation was a sobering reminder of the difficulties that can be encountered when trying to operate in Africa: the extremes of climate in Kenya causing rapid deterioration in airframes and sails if they are not well looked after; the lack of all sorts of infrastructure; poverty and exploitation of the population; lack of basic resources and access to spares and so on, that we back home in England take for granted. Added to this were human complexities of difficult personalities, corrupt and false behaviours, and a differing value system, to make life there really quite difficult and potentially dangerous.

The videos of the vastness of the landscape helped Hal to communicate his feelings about the flight across Kenya, the loneliness of the huge plains and the incredible dangers that would beset him if he had to put down in an isolated area likely to be full of game and no guarantee of a good landing. All the while he was flying in an aircraft that had required considerable work to get into sufficiently airworthy condition to contemplate the journey, but which he felt the need to check constantly while airborne, via the viewfinder of his camera pointed rearwards. Hal was frank about his fears.

Hal used the viewfinder of his camera to check the engine and airframe integrity while in the air. He had tried to wire any bits that might shake off in flight before taking off from the Ranch where he collected the flexwing. So not really a selfie.

Hal illustrated his talk with photos and video clips of stunning scenery; the timelapse runs ably communicating the extent of the unpopulated landscapes and difficult terrain as well as the challenges of bare earth runways. I am trying to erase the memory of the wriggling grub in one of the recesses of the engine block.

Significant power lines on approach to the dirt airstrip, from which Hal ran off into bushes, because there was a ground steering issue on the aircraft that, in his fatigue and need to focus on landing on the narrow strip, he forgot about. Hal had one full day to fix the aircraft after his runway excursion - at Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary.

A relief to see some human settlement and aesthetically pleasing but few places to land in an emergency.

Spotting a whale shark so that the tourist boat can bring the swimmers to meet the animal.

The day job..... 'Sweet spot' for sightings - flying around 2,500 feet but to relieve the monotony, sometimes Hal flew at 20-30 feet above sea level. If the Tower at the local airport were 'having a bad day' Hal would fly under 1000 feet as his route crossed the Approach.

The office...

My ultimate conclusion from the talk though is that while Hal clearly took as many precautions to keep safe as he could, there were lots of situations where the outcome could have been less favourable. It reminded me that while we all bemoan ‘Health and Safety’ and other regulation at times, it keeps us safer than our contemporaries can expect to be when operating in large parts of the African continent. Hal was asked if with hindsight he would still have undertaken the job; he replied that he was glad he had gone through the experience.

Many thanks again go to Hal for sharing this experience with us all.

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Christmas Club Night - December 13th 🎄🎁

After months of isolation, the Flyers Committee has decided the time is ripe to organise an informal social gathering. All members, new, old and very old are invited to gather at the Wheatsheaf on Monday 13 December starting around 7.30pm for a drink and a chat.

Attendees are encouraged to self test on the day.

Annual awards will be awarded, banter will be bantered and we hope that this tentative first step back into face to face meetings will be the forerunner of many more events – social and flying – for 2022.

The Awards 🏆

The previous winners, if they are able to attend, will hand on the prestigious club awards to this year's worthy winners.

Ray Garnham Cup

The Cup is awarded annually to: "That member of the Cheshire Flyers Microlight Club who, in the opinion of the Committee, has shown the most enterprise, or made the greatest contribution to the sport, in relation to his or her capabilities".

The cup was donated by Ray Garnham’s wife in memory of her husband, a Cheshire Flyer, and his passion for flying microlights. Ray sadly lost his life in 1995 while flying his plane over Snowdonia/Caernarfon.

2021 – Ian Shaw for the Ray Garnham Cup for his unstinting dedication to the Club as Chairman since he was appointed some six years ago when he left the room during a committee meeting. In particular, he is receiving the award for keeping the Club together during the testing Covid times through application of his ‘Master of Ceremonies’ skills in the conduct of a very successful season of Zoom meetings. Presenters have become most eager to deliver talks to the Flyers mainly to hear their own comprehensive CVs that have been compiled mercilessly by Ian. Some say that Ian’s detailed and passionately delivered introductions surpass the quality of the talks, others just wish he would get on with it.

Noel Alms Memorial Trophy

The Noel Alms memorial trophy is awarded to ‘That member of the Cheshire Flyers Club who, in the opinion of the Committee, best fits the criteria of dogged determination, tenacity and triumph in the face of adversity’.

The propeller which forms the trophy was inscribed in memory of Noel Alms, a very active member of Cheshire Flyers who accomplished much and is remembered fondly by those who knew him. His family are very proud of his achievements.

2021 – Gordon Verity, Steve Dancaster and Steve Webb have been jointly awarded the Noel Alms Trophy for their close and effective liaison with Manchester ATC on Manchester low-level corridor safety issues, initiatives for reducing infringements and establishing safe, legal and workable procedures for Hawksview arrivals and departures. The rest of the Hawksview crews are indebted to the work of the recipients in raising the standard and safety of operations from the airfield to a new level and will enjoy seeing the Trophy being proudly displayed on the wall of the airfield clubhouse.

Senior Mug

Noel Alms received a tankard in 2002 as the oldest pilot to attend the IOW Rally. His family has asked that this inscribed award is made to the oldest pilot at any occasion of our committee’s choosing. We have called this award the ‘Senior Mug.’

2021 – Alan Shufflebotham (Shuff) has been awarded the Senior Mug. Since time began, Alan has been responsible for organising our excellent Christmas Parties and he has been the workhorse behind mobilising facilities for the annual GAFF (Great Arclid Fly in Funday). Although Alan has recently asked to step down from his committee position as Events Organiser, he kindly continues to store all the essential equipment needed for the GAFF. Next summer we hope to re-establish a similar event at Dairy House Farm when Alan will be cajoled to help out with transport logistics and let us use his marquee, table and chairs. We all know he will willingly assist but if he doesn’t, the award will have to come back.

Bent Stub Award

This not so prestigious trophy goes to the Club member who’s had the most spectacular, interesting, or secretive "bend" of the year.

This award is highly prized and, most years, our pilots compete wholeheartedly to find new ways of destroying their aircraft. The best prang, bend or other approach in seeking the Darwin award will be awarded this much sought-after trophy.

2021 – There have been no successful nominees for the Bent Stub.

There are various reasons for the lack of prangs – effective cover-ups, too little flying, improving skill levels, not trying hard enough.

The Committee received a self-nomination for the Bent Stub Award from Dave Creedy. The reason Dave gives can be summarised in this extract from an article he wrote on elderly flying:

“A momentary loss of concentration coupled with unnecessary haste can precipitate a senior moment on the ground. For example, having decided that the engine oil needed topping up. I quickly grabbed the first grey look-a-like oil container. The pink liquid didn’t look right. It was only a splash of antifreeze. Thankfully, ‘Hawksview Handling’ (Gordon and Steve) were soon on the scene to assist with a rapid oil change.”

It has been suggested this nomination should be ruled-out for two principal reasons. Self-nomination of an award would normally be considered conceited; in the case of the Bent Stub, which nobody wants to win, it is just bonkers! Also in this instance, an accident or bend was actually averted; albeit amazingly!

If the Noel Alms Tankard, affectionately christened the Senior Mug, wasn’t the genuinely prestigious award it is, it is suggested Dave would be a worthy contender!

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Cheshire Flyers Club Awards – History

The Cheshire Flyers Club has been awarding its trophies for some considerable years. The following sections list those Cheshire Flyers that have been awarded the various trophies.

Ray Garnham Cup - previous winners

2020 – Nigel and Sarah Musgrave For several years, Nigel and Sarah have kindly hosted a superb fly-in at their house on Anglesey. Their enthusiasm to do the same again this year was enhanced by many other events having being cancelled due to Covid. As soon as was legal and practical, Nigel sprang into action and prepared the adjacent field for our arrival, including a last-minute cutting and rolling of an extra runway due to potential cross winds. Lots of CF members flew in and transport was even laid on for those with heavier aircraft having to land at Mona. With the pizza oven fired up, the party took off. Nigel and Sarah’s ability and willingness to do all the catering, including breakfast the next day, is legendary. Nothing ever seems too much trouble; their hospitality and welcoming nature is appreciated by us all. It could be that the Cheshire Flyers were the only visitors from England welcomed to Wales in 2020. They are, without doubt, very worthy winners. 2019 – Daniel Langton Daniel was nominated for showing great enterprise as a relatively low-hours pilot in facing the challenges of landing at new airfields, overflying Snowdon and braving FISOs, MATZ and ATZs single-handedly in a two-stroke powered flexwing. Most club flyouts these days seem to be dominated by members with fixed-wing hot ships, but Daniel flies a quite basic Quantum 503 flexwing; this is the true spirit of microlighting, offering maximum fun and enjoyment. Without shame or embarrassment, Daniel will always consult those with more experience and is always grateful to receive help or guidance. Furthermore, his article published in MF was thrilling, entertaining, original and inspiring. His ‘can-do’ attitude will encourage other pilots to venture outside their comfort zones and develop their flying skills further. 2018 – Nick Buckley Microlights and light aircraft are becoming increasingly sophisticated, desirable and very expensive. Arguably, the major barrier to flying is affordability. Nick Buckley has been nominated and awarded for the Ray Garnham Cup for his enterprise in developing financial products that will significantly contribute to the sport by making aircraft ownership accessible to many more potential aviators. His business will boost the sales of used and new aircraft in the UK and help flying schools to update their aging fleets. 2017 – Gordon Verity for his creativity and persistence in contributing to the Manchester air space infringement group, and especially for pioneering his idea of a “Take 2” initiative. This initiative simply suggests you plan routes at least 2nm horizontally and 200 feet vertically away from controlled airspace. This idea has now been adopted and backed by the CAA, plus numerous aviation bodies including the BMAA & LAA. A ‘Take 2’ poster has been published and will be included in the February issue of Microlight Flyer Magazine. The poster also includes the Cheshire Flyers Microlight Club logo….How good is that! 2016 - Nick Jefferies In his first year of flying Nick amassed more hours than many club members do in a decade; he travelled the length and breadth of the UK and into France. A hugely loveable character at the airfield, always accompanied by his dog Alfie and lots of laughter. His enthusiasm was contagious. He made friends wherever he went. Nick was a massive inspiration and encouragement to both new and old pilots alike. If anyone deserves posthumous recognition for their contribution to our club and sport, it’s Nick. Nick’s life ended tragically in 2016, but at least whilst doing what he loved best.

2015 – Sharon Cox Whilst still on the starting blocks of flying training, Sharon soon became an enthusiastic member of the club scene. Sharon produced and edited the amazing “History Book”, and has joined the committee in the role of Newsletter Editor. Sharon has an amazing ability to subtly cajole members into putting pen to paper, generating stories and articles for us all to share as well as superb organisational skills in pulling our clubs history archives together. Recently, Sharon was selected for a training bursary awarded by the “British Women Pilots' Association”, with the honour of being their “2015 BWPA Scholar of the Year”. 2014 - Steve Webb Over recent years, Steve has established, improved, and succeeded in providing one of the best microlight facilities available. Not only are the facilities at Stretton (actually Hawksview) fantastic, the manner in which Steve and Carol manage the airfield is respected by all. There is seldom a visit when a “Hot Brew” isn’t made mandatory. This is a truly splendid facility, only made possible by Steve’s exceptional enthusiasm. 2013 - Mel Earp For his excellent Maaper GPS software; the quality of the product puts many of the commercially available applications to shame. Additionally, the support given to us all at a no cost is fantastic. 2012 - Ian Shaw For several years, Ian has been nominated for this Cup for his never relenting energy and tenacity in organising club flyouts. Ian’s enthusiasm to encourage newcomers is particularly endearing; if inclement weather thwarts plan A, Ian will quickly formulate a plan B, or even a plan C. Every year the vote for Ian has been huge. It’s time that Ian's many years of relentless enthusiasm secure him this award. 2011 - Adrian Lomas Since obtaining his licence only last season, Adrian competes in the National Competitions. This year, the revival of the Round Britain Rally also caught Adrian’s imagination, with a personal aim to raise money for charity. Not only was Adrian the most inexperienced pilot, he entered the novice class in his very basic and seemingly un-competitive Mercury 503........ And won! Adrian’s enthusiasm is an inspiration to both novice and experienced flyers anywhere. (Note: A post event objection has technically denied Adrian of the official placing, despite it being agreed he scored the most points) 2010 - Steve Rosser Over the years Steve has been nominated several times for his relentless efforts in sourcing guest speakers for our club nights. Steve has managed to attract many excellent and prominent names that have given us superb presentations. 2009 - Kevin Grayson Kevin took his first Microlight flight in June 2008, joined the Cheshire Flyers and, after quickly qualifying, embarked on some adventurous mountain flying in the French Alps. This year Kevin came third in the first round of the National Microlight Championships. Then, in a tiny single seat aircraft he’d never even seen before, won three out of four prizes in this country’s first SSDR Rally. Kevin won this event by a massive margin; in the 50 hour competition window, he took the opportunity to travel as far south as the Cotswolds, then north to the Scottish Borders after a three and a half hour soaring flight in between! 2008 - Mark Jackson On 19th January 2008, Mark established a World Altitude Record by flying dual in a flex-wing microlight to over 24,000 feet. The record-breaking flight was in spectacular style over Mount Kilimanjaro, and was followed three days later by Mark comprehensively thrashing the “time to climb to 6000ft” record; and all between Eve Jacksons legs (no relation – just good friends!) 2007 - Richard Leigh After gaining his licence only last year, Richard’s enthusiasm was immediately reflected by joining in late season flyouts and this year’s adventurous “Fly-UK”. Always wanting to try something different, Richard offered his services as a hang glider tug pilot. After gaining experience and instruction from Judy Leden, he took himself off to Spain to get a tug pilot rating. Richard also felt that his abilities as a microlight pilot could be enhanced by taking a flying instructor’s course, and has spent many weeks doing just that. As well as his keenness to fly, Richard is always willing to help others and has spent considerable time producing a DVD for Noel Alms to market for charity. 2006 - Noel Alms Over the years Noel has fought long and hard with the BMAA on several issues that benefit us all. Noel won a place on the BMAA council; his personal objective was to set up a tribunal system to allow individuals with a grievance to have their case fairly reviewed. Noel failed to get the backing of the committee, so at his cost, perused the matter of the fuel transfer system directly with the CAA. Although Noel has won this award in the past, his efforts to benefit others are none relenting. 2005 - Ben Bradbury As part of his university degree course of “Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies”, Ben attained his JAR PPL in the minimum required hours. However, Ben’s studies have allowed little chance to build on his minimal Microlight experience. Never the less, this summer Ben flew his younger brother to Brittany and back in a Microlight that he had never even flown before. Despite being the only one without a GPS, Ben led the way for almost the entire club family flying holiday. 2004 - Rob Reynolds Rob attained his licence in only January this year, and since then has traded his F2A for a Blade 912. He has flown this aircraft to Scotland twice and visited more places than many veteran club pilots have ever done. More recently Rob has taken (and passed) 3 Axis conversion training and invested in a Sky Ranger. Rob’s confidence and motivation is a great inspiration to us all. Rob’s next project is to attain an instructor rating. All this in his first year. 2003 - Rob McManus Only two weeks after receiving his licence, Rob joined the “Wingspan 2003” event and flew solo to France. Whilst most were flying latest generation four strokes, Rob made the journey in his trusty 462 Mercury G-PD. Rob had a slight mishap at Abbeville that put PD out of action. Unperturbed and not wishing to miss-out on the French tour, he left PD behind and hitched a back seat with Simon Brady. Rob then made a (two day!) train journey by himself back to Abbeville where he had arranged for parts to be sent to repair his aircraft. Rob fixed PD and flew home. 2002 - Alan Shufflebotham Alan is probably the most enthusiastic newcomer the club has had. He has been on most of the years organised flyouts and much more besides. Alan even made it solo through the weather to Blois in France, when most people turned back! Along with Eddie Rush he also flew to Ireland, and has not stopped talking about the hospitality and spectacular scenery ever since. Alan is also very keen and willing to help others in the sport, and is a regular contributor to our newsletter. All in all, a well-deserved winner 2001 - Justin Bowen Remember the Cup isn’t just for professionals it is often awarded to newcomers like Justin Bowen. Justin was a star student at CMC; he scored almost 100% in all his examinations and showed early aptitude with his flying skills. Having only attained his licence earlier this year, in July he persuaded his wife Sam to fly with him to France. They had a superb microlight touring holiday amassing 26 flying hours in just 6 days. Sam is also to be praised for attending most of CMC night school classes in order to help and understand Justin’s enthusiasm for flying. Well done to both of you 2000 - Simon Brady Simon only obtained his licence in April 2000 and in the next month flew solo to Popham. He has already amassed 80 hours which is more than most Club members do in three years. Among other flights credited to his early flying career are Caernarfon and Otherton. Simon has shown so much enthusiasm to spread his wings that he has been voted onto the Committee as principal fly-out coordinator. All in all, a well- deserved winner. 1999 - Dave Creedy For the most experienced of pilots, competing in the Magnificent Round Britain Rally is a huge challenge. To fly this event with a co-pilot is the norm. To finish the event is an achievement in its self. To be relatively inexperienced, fly solo, and be placed 3rd on your first attempt is exceptional. The club member who did this, and also produces our newsletter with dedicated enthusiasm, is this year’s winner of the Ray Garnham Cup 1998 - Steve Rosser Unanimously voted for: his colourful and positive promotion of the sport through the media; excellent reporting and photographs in Microlight Flying magazine, organisation of flying experiences for young people, back-up support for Keith Ingham’s successful circumnavigation of Australia and organisation of the Woodford Fly in. 1997 - Keith Ingham For his major achievement in circumnavigating Australia in a flexwing. 1996 - John Bradbury For being the force behind microlighting in the whole area, for establishing and operating a superb, relatively secure microlighting centre with unequalled facilities, and for actively encouraging and inspiring many microlighters over a number of years. 1995 - Noel Alms (The first year the cup was awarded) For completing the Great Microlight Rally (the 'Round Britain) solo, and showing people half his age just what is possible. For continued efforts to raise money for Imperial Cancer Research through the sale of the 'Engine Out' Video, raising around £600 alone at this year's BMAA AGM. For pursuing the need for insurance coverage for individuals having their aircraft test-flown, and succeeding in convincing the BMAA of such a need. The BMAA have now arranged a policy for which they are also footing the bill.

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Noel Alms Memorial Trophy - previous winners

2020 – Daniel Langton This year the committee has decided to award this trophy to our most tenacious pilot. A 2-stroke engine and dogged determination has taken him on flyouts where only fixed wings normally tread. He has earned the BMA silver wings and is an exceptionally gifted writer of flying exploits. During an interminable wait for spares to arrive from India for his Quantum, he refused to remain idle; with unstoppable enthusiasm he elected to learn to fly a 3-axis aircraft just for fun. However, he professes to remain committed to the purity of flex-wing flight. The deserving winner of this award is Daniel Langton. 2019 – John Bradbury There were two nominations: 1. Milton and Sara Turner demonstrated dogged determination against all odds to get to the Guernsey Rally. Starting with the weather, which to be fair most of us had to alter plans for, they boarded a flight at Manchester only to be told, due to technical difficulties it would be leaving late. After waiting all day, they eventually got away to arrive the following day. I think I would have been asking for a refund and compensation by that time. Well done for your perseverance in the best tradition of the Cheshire Flyers both of you. 2. The nasty and greedy need for profit conspired to turn Arclid International into a giant sand-pit at the hands of Bathgate Sand Quarry Company (boooo!) and in its wake destroying the incubation centre of dozens of Cheshire Flyers. The steady closure process was unexpectedly accelerated, leaving Cheshire Microlights without runway, hangar or office. With great fortitude and tenacity, the CFI, John Bradbury, relocated his training aircraft to various fields and was fortunate to be offered Dairy House Farm as a flying base. Still without office, and despite dispersed aircraft, a much longer commute to the field, and a generally much less ideal set-up, he doggedly continues to progress students through their training syllabus. The view of the Committee is that John Bradbury meets all the criteria of the Noel Alms memorial award and is a most deserving winner. 2018 –Sharon Cox Sharon produces our brilliant club newsletter ‘Cheshire Flyer’ and has done so since 2015 whilst still a student. This splendid newsletter has won the praise of many, even from outside our club. Geoff regularly uplifts articles from Sharon’s CF to include in Microlight Flying magazine. Sharon would say these articles and the newsletter wouldn’t be possible without members input; however, it’s the dogged determination, tenacity and endearing nature of Sharon that cajoles our members into putting pen to paper. The ‘triumph in the face of adversity’ aspect of this award is best addressed by Sharon’s ability to get our Chairman’s monthly report from him in time for publication! 2017 – Steve Rosser For his tenacity in the ever increasingly difficult task of luring high calibre external speakers to Club nights, and going from strength to strength delivering some excellent and unique speakers this year, Steve Rosser is the committee’s unanimous winner of this prestigious trophy. 2016 - Richard Leigh As a Doctor and avid microlighter, Richard offered his services as an advisor to the CAA on appropriate Medical requirements. Richards’s prime goal was to argue the case for a much simplified and cost-effective method of confirming Medical Fitness to Fly. Spending an inordinate amount of his own time over the last few years, he eventually succeeded in getting the CAA to agree to the principle of Self-Declaration. A sigh of relief quickly turned to infuriation, as it became clear the CAA had smothered the new system with caveats, making it potentially more onerous and expensive than we had previously. Richard would not let go, and after considerably more effort, his determination paid off. We now have a Medical Self-Declaration system in place, which for most of us will be both cost and hassle free. 2015 – John Bradbury John was awarded the trophy to mark his retirement from being Chairman of Cheshire Flyers and in recognition of his enormous contribution to microlighting in Cheshire and beyond over 30 years. 2014 – Gordon Verity (The first year of the Award) In 2013 Gordon was subject to a multiple heart- bypass operation. After a short period of convalescence (and grumpiness), he showed great commitment and tenacity in pursuing his activity interests with a vengeance, determined to make a rapid and full return to fitness. This year Gordon flew round Ireland and to Austria in G-EZZY, he continued to play golf two times a week and went skiing again (it was during a skiing holiday in early 2013 when he first experienced the symptoms). If this was not enough, Gordon helped Steve Dancaster to enlarge his hangar, a much more challenging task than initially anticipated. Gordon is also close to completing the build of his third kit plane, a Eurostar SL that was purchased only earlier this year.

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Senior Mug - previous winners