Welcome to Fife Flying Club
Fife Flying Club was formed in 1984 under the original name of Fife Aero Club and works in partnership with Tayside Aviation to promote flying, provide tuition and encourage social activities amongst its members. Based at Fife Airport (EGPJ - unlicensed) near Glenrothes, it is ideally positioned for quick and easy access to some of the most attractive scenery in the UK, much of which is uncontrolled airspace.
The club has over 100 active members and a busy calendar of events that caters for the diverse interests of its members.
There's always something going on around the airfield and we particularly welcome visiting pilots who wish to either drop in for a quick visit or to stay for a few days and enjoy a short holiday in Fife.
Iain Hutchinson ..... "Building & Flying a Spitfire"
Thursday 17th September 2015
Tipsy Nipper, Fife Airport
How on earth do you end up performing at UK Air Displays in a Spitfire that you built in Australia?
Join us for this talk to hear how Iain Hutchinson from Fife, who struggled through an Engineering degree, made friends with enough bright people to carry him along, ended up in Australia drilling world record oil wells and driving a “cow” car before embarking upon the crazy journey to build, then fly an 80% all aluminium, two seat replica Spitfire.
Oh and along the way he got married (Debbie), had a family (three children) and started an award-winning business!
This talk will take us on Iain’s journey from the initial idea, his inability to kill it off, the kit purchase, buyers regret, then planning for success to turn so many components into an aircraft. How you learn to fly an aircraft on which you can’t get instruction, then the fear and elation of that first flight. He’ll compare the replica specification with that of the original and then describe what it’s like to be pilot in charge of an original WWII Spitfire doing 350 mph at 200 feet along the beach.
Iain Hutchison is the Managing Director of Perth-based engineering company Merlin ERD Ltd and Iain’s company has also recently taken on the care and maintenance of the RAF's famous 603 Squadron memorial sited on the main approach road to Edinburgh Airport.
So ..... please put the date in your diary and come along on the evening - it would be great to have as many folk supporting as we can.