Pooleys Air Day/GYM Fly In at | Compton Abbas Airfield
Sunday 30th June
The annual GYM Fly-In day is being held at Compton Abbas Airfield, Dorset. The Fly-In is a great day out (whether arriving by road or air), with air displays, spot landing competitions and much more!
GYM Visit | 4 FTS, RAF Valley
Wednesday 12th June
Six members of the GYM travelled to Anglesey and the home of Fast Jet training with a superb visit to 4 Flight Training Squadron at RAF Valley. Our hosts showed us around their new state of the art facilities, we were invited to join a briefing on warfare tactics and SAM avoidance and we had a look around their hangar and sat in the new Hawk T2. The T2 is a new variant of the Hawk trainer and allows faster conversion from Hawk to Typhoon.
It was also graduation day for the first 4 graduates on the new T2, so we joined them and the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Stephen Dalton, for the ceremony and prizegiving. Afterwards, members of the GYM chatted with Sir Stephen about the Guild and his plans after his steps down from his post in 2 months time. It was also the final day at the Squadron for their current boss and after he had been ceremonially drenched with fire extinguishers by the graduates, we left them to enjoy their party. Sadly, the weather was poor all day and there was no flying but the hospitality shown by 4 Sqn was exceptional. We look forward to further trips to Valley and continuing the close ties between the Squadron and the Guild.
Youth in Aviation Event | House of Lords
Thursday 21st May
The GYM recently took part in the third Youth In Aviation (YIA) parliamentary event. Youth In Aviation brings together several organisations that work to further aviation amongst the younger generation, more details can be found at www.airleague.co.uk/2011/03/28/uk-youth-in-aviation-taking-our-message-to-parliament/.
This event was well attended by both Lords and Members of Parliament, giving us a platform to discuss issues that are relevant to our young members such as trying to remove (or reduce to 0%) VAT on training and also pushing for airport expansion which in turn would allow airlines to grow and recruit. It was also a good chance to see the Houses of Parliament, especially for those who had not visited the Palace of Westminster before. After a busy afternoon, we retired to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers where we relaxed with a well earned beer or two.
Young Inter-Livery Quiz |London
The GYM recently took part in the Young Inter-Livery Quiz hosted by the Pewterers and won! Many congratulations to our team, led by our events coordinator, Claudine Miles. We now have our own new trophy to accompany the gleaming GAPAN silverware.
Well done to the GYM members that took part!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all GAPAN Young Members!
We have a wonderful and eventful 2013 to come so keep checking back here for the latest goings on with the GYM.
Saturday 29th September 2012
GYM at Brooklands Aviation Day @Brooklands Museum
The GYM team will be down at the Brooklands Museum for a kerosene fuelled day of aviation antics and activities.
Organised in Partnership with the W.I.A., this promises to be a day like no other at the Museum. The emphasis is towards the skies as we dedicate the whole site to Brooklands' rich and varied connection with all things aviation.
The programme for the day will include: Microlights | Hot Air Ballooning | Flight Simulators | Engine Runs and Aircraft Displays | Concorde Experience
Additionally there will be trade stalls, exhibitors and a host of organisations from various fields to provide you with learning opportunities, career advice and information. You will have the chance to meet navigators, pilots, technicians, cabin crews and Air Cadets who will all be willing to chat to you.
Gates open at 10am | More info here
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July 2012
GYM at Farnborough International Airshow 2012 @Farnborough Airport
Once again, the GYM will be exhibiting at this fantastic, bi-annual event.
Friday 13th July is Futures Day and, despite being unlucky for some, is lucky for you as we are looking for volunteers to come and help us run the aptitude tests. The Guild Aptitude Tests will be available for the students attending to see if they have what it takes to become a pilot. The tests are very simple to run and we are looking for as many of you as possible to help as we expect to be very busy that day. In return for helping, you will get free entry to the airshow, worth £30+ and oppurtunity to see the Flying Display. We also need volunteers to help run the aptitude tests on the Saturday and Sunday. Please contact Jas@gapanym.org and firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible (as we need to register for security purposes), if you can make any or all of these days.
Timings: Friday 0730 (if on the 'set-up' team), ready to open at 0930. Saturday and Sunday 0830 (if on the 'set-up' team). All days until approximately 1730.
Wednesday 4th July 2012
Henry Surtees Karting @Brooklands
Following a successful practice session, the GYM team has been selected for the karting event. Tickets are available, at a cost of £95 to cover entry to the race day, champagne reception and a charitable donation, from IPM Wally Epton. For those unable to attend, any sponsorship amount towards the Henry Surtees Foundation and Air Ambulance, would be very much appreciated! For full details, see the latest copy of Guild News or contact email@example.com.
Thursday 5th July 2012
Amy Johnson Lecture @Royal Aeronautical Society
Marion Blakey, President and Chief Executive of the Aerospace Industries Association in America, is to deliver the second Amy Johnson Named Lecture. The title of her lecture will be 'Changing course while losing altitude: Anglo-American aerospace and defence in an age of austerity'. There are no timing details yet on the RAeS website but these lectures usually start between 1800 and 1830 and are followed by a drinks and canapés reception. If you are interested in attending, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and keep an eye on the website, http://aerosociety.com/About-Us/specgroups/Women/Amy-J-Lecture#, for more details.
Venue: Royal Aeronautical Society, 4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ
Saturday 25th August 2012
GYM Gliding Scholarship Barbecue @Lasham Airfield
Come to Lasham to help our scholarship winners celebrate finishing their gliding course. The GYM will be laying on a barbecue and there will be trial flights available for a small cost. Keep the date free and keep an eye on your inbox or our facebook page for more information about this event nearer the time.
Sunday 20th May 2012
GYM at Pooleys Air Day @Compton Abbas Airfield, Dorset
with Free landings for all GYM members!
We are keen to invite all young aviators (and wannabe aviators) to visit this GYM event at Compton Abbas and a special award will be presented to the youngest Pilot in Command (or Pilot Under Tuition) visiting the fly-in by air.
GYM committee members as well as members of the Guild will also be on hand to meet the next generation of flyers and explain what the GYM has to offer.
The event runs from 09:00 and visitors are welcome to arrive by air or road. However, if you plan to arrive by air, please can you email us to let us know, so that we can allocate enough parking for you.
Email email@example.com and we will email you further details and an expected weather report a few days prior to the event.
Please send your name, aircraft registration, type, expected ETA at Compton and your departure airfield.
Saturday 28thApril 2012
'Flyer' Professional Flight Training Exhibition @T5 Heathrow Sofitel Hotel
The Professional Flight Training Exhibitions take place across Europe and brings together leading flight training organisations, flight training experts, aviation academies, universities and airlines, all under one roof, providing the perfect environment to discover if a career as an airline pilot is for you. More info here.
The GYM will have their usual stand with the sample pilot aptitude testing out in full force for all you that want to have a play around!
Gliding Scholarship applications are currently being processed, good luck everyone!
read about our last Gliding Scholarship Winner Lewis Lang
There are lots of other scholarships on offer, find out more about the Guild Flying Scholarship Programme 2012
GYM at NATS Swanwick
On Saturday 4th February,
Last weekend, eight GYM members visited NATS Swanwick for a fascinating look behind the scenes at the hub that controls traffic through Europe's busiest airspace. Look out for the full account of the day in Guild News shortly.
Youth in Aviation Parliamentary Day
March 14th sees the return of the Youth In Aviation group, led by the Air League's Leading Edge and supported by GAPAN, to the Palace of Westminster. This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness amongst our law makers of the positive effects that aviation can have on youth development. We are looking for volunteers to help on our stand so if you are interested please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. The event runs from 1600-1800 and we will need to be at Parliament from around 1400 to clear security and set up our stand.
Lecture & Henshaw Memorial Beer Evening
The Royal Aeronautical Society are hosting a lecture by Wg Cdr Clive Rustin, talking about his experiences flying over 160 aircraft types covering everything from Spitfires and Vampires to Harriers and Tornados. This promises to be a thoroughly engaging presentation in the fantastic location of the Bill Boeing Theatre at the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Please drop an e-mail to email@example.com to confirm your place if you are interested in attending. There is no charge for the lecture, which starts at 1800.
Afterwards, the GYM will be heading to the Rose & Crown at 2000 for the annual Henshaw Memorial Beer Evening - a chance to catch up with your fellow GYM members. Look out for Ludo who will be placing a photo of Alex Henshaw on the table so that you can be sure you are about to approach the right aviators!