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FFC Committee (2011-12)

 

Peter S Crabb

Peter S Crabb

Chairman

I took up flying in 2008 having had a hankering to do so most of my life (I wanted to be a commercial pilot when in my teens but that didn't work out .......... long story!!). I learned to fly the Grob, my first lesson was 2nd May 2008 and I passed my Skills Test 10th December that year. I'm also a member of the G-BKUE syndicate, which makes for some great social flying - so far having been to places like Islay, Prestwick, Campbeltown, Plockton, Oban, Inverness, etc., etc. I'm very much a social flyer - i.e. I like flying with other people (I get bored by myself) so if you ever fancy a pootle in G-UE, give me a shout.

 

 

Alan LaingAlan Laing

Secretary

I've been flying since the mid-80s on a PPL, with a break of 12 years then I came back to the NPPL in 2006 at Fife. I bought the Fife TB9, G-BKUE, with three friends in 2005 and we expanded the group to 8 members and UE has taken me from Kirkwall to Land's End - admittedly not all in the one trip, though. I keep my hand in on the Grob and fly aeros when I can. I'm on the Buddy Scheme so if you fancy a shot in the TB9 or a Grob, give me a bell.

 

 

Julia GrantJulia Grant

Treasurer

I have worked for Tayside Aviation for over 10 years and at present I am the Restaurant Manager, following a long career in the Hospitality and Catering Industry. I have been involved with Fife Flying Club for most of that time in various Committee roles.

 

 

 

Craig McLeodCraig McLeod

Chief Flying Instructor

Born and raised in Edinburgh, growing up fascinated by aircraft and aviation I have been flying now for a decade. My first taste of flight in a light aircraft came in the form of an air experience and aerobatic flight in a Bulldog at Leuchars Air Force Base. This experience only confirmed and enhanced my ambitions to fly. Seizing every subsequent possible flying opportunity with my schools Combined Cadet Force, RAF Section allowed me to gain experience in gliders to Grob’s before pursuing a career in aviation post school. I joined Tayside Aviation in June 2011 after previously instructing PPL and CPL courses for another CAA approved flight training organisation. I enjoy working, flying and socialising with the varied demographic of students and Fife Flying Club members. If you have any aspirations of learning to fly or to complete any further training please drop in and see us for a chat in our friendly but professional atmosphere or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Karen SimpsonKaren Simpson

My interest in flying and aircraft started in childhood with trips to the Museum of Flight but I'd always assumed learning to fly was restricted to the money-rich or armed forces personnel. Then I won first prize at a charity casino night and had the pick of several top prizes. I did the girly thing and side-stepped the Spa Day in favour of the Knockhill Voucher (well, what could they achieve in one day?). I then picked the track event and flying experience. So after half a day rally driving, I must admit I would have been tempted to swap the taster flight for another rally drive! But before I'm kicked off the FFC Committee for being a traitor, I had my sample flight and became another "Avgas Junkie". I now legitimately attend flying meetings and declare "my name is Karen Simpson and I too have an additction to flying!.

 

Roger ArcherRoger Archer

Born at an early age, I grew up in the West Midlands, then moved 20 miles further west to the village of Bewdley Worcestershire, which was once situated on the border of England and Wales. Either it moved or the border did. I spent 25 years as a Civil/Structural Engineer until, bored with that I qualified as an Advanced Driving Instructor, with guidance from West Midlands and South Staffs Police Instructors, patient and persistent souls. My first trial flight was from Halfpenny Green 14 years ago, the seed was sown, alas circumstances at that time did not allow me to continue training. Moving to Glenrothes in June 2000 and finding ”Fife Airport” four miles from my front door, obtaining a licence to fly was inevitable under the guidance of Tayside Instructors, patient persistent souls. In hindsite I wish I had achieved it at an earlier age, but at 66 I can still enjoy the thrill and freedom (weather permitting) of flying. I am a member of the G-BITF syndicate, a Cessna 152 painted in a unique ‘Tayside’ colour scheme.

 

Garrick SmythGarrick Smyth

Born in Portsmouth, brought up in Hampshire. Came to Edinburgh on holiday 23 years ago, married Lorna had two daughters making a total of three. Only male (apart from the dog) in our family of 5 (excluding the dog) . . . still on holiday, no plans to go back! My dad passed his PPL about 30 years ago (taught by Bob Cole), Grandad was a Group Captain and flew Mosquitos; so I guess it’s in the blood! I was a fanatical "airfix" kit model-maker, as a boy and wanted to be an airline pilot. Joined ATC but got fed up with obligatory square bashing not to mention sadistic NCO's; for a handful of 4 minute flights in Sedgeburghs and Kirby Cadets. Dreams of airline pilotage subsided when I got the chance to sit up front, in the 'jump-seat' of a 757 for the majority of a flight and landing between Gatwick and Edinburgh some years ago; fantastic experience but I felt it could get monotonous! So flying for pleasure and perhaps aerobatics and instructing would be my aims now. The embers of the flying bug were re-ignited when I took a trial flight which my wife, Lorna bought for Christmas 2008. I flew from Cumbernauld, because it was about a mile closer than Fife, in a Tomahawk with an instructor called Jamie Donaldson. Made a few subsequent inquiries and settled on Fife to learn to fly; I love it.

 

Mark BoyleMark Boyle

Born and raised in the West Coast - Argyll (Not Glasgow which is in the middle of the country!) I moved to Edinburgh in 2000. I got married to Gayle in 2003 and we had a son, Aran in 2008. We live in Kirkliston as it's near the Airport and it's handy for the bridge across to Fife too! I started my PPL training at Perth in 2004 when Tayside were still operating there, moved training to Fife airport when they stopped. I gained my PPL in 2006 and have been flying in hired Tayside aircraft ever since!.

 

 

Alex SmithAlex Smith

Born and raised in Edinburgh, I've had a variety of jobs too many to mention, my longest being a Police officer, retiring a Sergeant.

I was absolutely petrified of flying, until I was given a A.E.F. at Edinburgh, that was it. I was hooked and cured of my fear of flying.

I gained my N.P.P.L. in November 2009when I was 65 and I am a syndicate member of the lovely wee 152, Tango Foxtrot, but I am biased. Moved to Glenrothes from Edinburgh in 2011, to be nearer my son, just happens to be near the airfield.

Contact Fife Flying Club

 

Address

   Fife Airport

   Goatmilk

   Glenrothes

   KY6 2SL

 

Phone

   Reception: 01592 753792

   Tipsy Nipper Restaurant: 01592 610436

 

E-mail

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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 and encourage social activities amongst its members. Based at Fife Airport (EGPJ) 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 airspaceFife Airport

Fife Airport itself dates from the early 1960s and originally operated as a grass airfield supporting a number of flying operations including flying training and parachuting. In 1981, the grass runway was replaced by the current 700 metres of tarmac, which today is the only civilian hard runway in Fife

The club has over 100 active members who come not only from Fife itself but also the Lothians, Tayside, Central Scotland and beyond. Our membership covers a wide range of experience levels from; students, NPPL, LAPL, PPL and even a number of commercial pilots, many of whom started their flying as students here at Fife

The Tipsy Nipper Restaurant, based at Fife Airport, is widely regarded within aviation circles as one of the best airfield restaurants in the UK

The club has a busy calendar of events to cater for the diverse interests of its members. For example:

  • Club Evenings - Talks on aspects of aviation skills, safety matters, etc.
  • Guest Speakers - These have included the RAF, Fire & Ambulance Services.
  • Competitions - Treasure Hunts, Quiz Nights, etc.
  • Fly-Outs - Trips to other airfields around the country are always a popular event
  • Barbecues - A chance to be social on the ground (especially when the weather's good!)

The club also organises events in support of local charities and the highlight of the season is perhaps the "Annual Summer Fly-In and Open Day". This event is always popular with the local community when we open our doors and put on air and ground-based attractions as a fun family day out

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

FFC Committee (2012-13)

 

Garrick Smyth

Garrick Smyth

Chairman

Born in Portsmouth, brought up in Hampshire. Came to Edinburgh on holiday 26 years ago, married a fair maiden, have three daughters. Only male (apart from the dog) in our family of 5 (excluding the dog) . . . still on holiday, no plans to go back! Dad passed his PPL about 35 years ago (taught by Bob Cole), Grandad was a Group Captain and flew Mosquitos; so I guess it’s in the blood! As a boy I was a fanatical "airfix" kit model-maker and wanted to be an airline pilot. Joined ATC and flew in Sedgeburghs and Kirby Cadets. Dreams of airline pilotage subsided after a flight in the 'jump-seat' of a 757 between Gatwick and Edinburgh some years ago; fantastic experience but I felt it could get monotonous! So flying for pleasure and perhaps some aerobatics would be my aims now. The embers of the flying bug were re-ignited when I took a trial flight which my wife gave me for Christmas one year. I flew from Cumbernauld in a Tomahawk with an instructor called Jamie Donaldson. Made a few subsequent inquiries and settled on Fife to learn to fly; I love it. 

 

Chris AndersonChris Anderson

Secretary

Having first learned to fly on C150s at Perth with the Air Cadets in the 1960s I flew a Jodel D117 at Inverness for a few months but then let my PPL lapse. However I came back to flying at Fife and revalidated my licence in 1996. I rent Club aircraft, preferring the Warrior so I was delighted when ‘Kilo Sierra’ arrived at Fife. Over the years I have flown to Islay, Oban, Plockton, Inverness, Fishburn nr Durham, Kirkbride and several places in between. I’m keen to get more airfields in my log book.
I’ve recently retired so I have more time to get involved in the Club and put my name forward for the Committee this year.

  

Mark Boyle

Mark Boyle

Treasurer

Born and raised in the West Coast - Argyll (Not Glasgow which is in the middle of the country!) I moved to Edinburgh in 2000. I got married to Gayle in 2003 and we had a son, Aran in 2008. We live in Kirkliston as it's near the Airport and it's handy for the bridge across to Fife too! I started my PPL training at Perth in 2004 when Tayside were still operating there, moved training to Fife airport when they stopped. I gained my PPL in 2006 and have been flying in hired Tayside aircraft ever since!

  

Doug AllenAnne Smeulders

Instructor Representative

I remember my very first flight at the controls, it was my 17th birthday and my parents had given me a gift voucher to see whether I would be any good at flying an aircraft. The guy next to me told me I had to follow the river, but being too small for the plane I never saw one (I still need a cushion in some aircraft). He also told me I was doing great at flying the aircraft but I had no idea what I was or wasn't doing. But I do remember the feeling I got being high up in the air and the smile on my face when that aircraft powered up for take-off.
That was just the start of it all and at the moment I teach others to fly at Fife Airport and organise events for Fife Flying Club.

 

  

Jim MillarJim Millar

I've been passionate about aviation since I was five, and Dad introduced me to a big white Sunderland flying boat in Trincomalee harbour. I followed the usual route of aero modelling and plane spotting, and even a short dalliance with gliding in my younger days.

I'd always wanted to fly, but commitments to work, family, (and mortgage!) meant that time and disposable income never coincided. I finally resolved that problem nine years ago, and qualified at Fife. My passion for all things aviation remains as strong as ever, especially since I achieved my long term career goal of retirement!

 

Alex SmithAlex Smith

Born and raised in Edinburgh, I've had a variety of jobs too many to mention, my longest being a Police officer, retiring a Sergeant.

I was absolutely petrified of flying, until I was given a A.E.F. at Edinburgh, that was it. I was hooked and cured of my fear of flying.

I gained my N.P.P.L. in November 2009when I was 65 and I am a syndicate member of the lovely wee 152, Tango Foxtrot, but I am biased. Moved to Glenrothes from Edinburgh in 2011, to be nearer my son, just happens to be near the airfield.

 

Chris GordonChris Gordon

Details to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FFC Committee (2013-14)

 

Peter S CrabbPeter S Crabb

Chairman

I took up flying in 2008 having had a hankering to do so most of my life (I wanted to be a commercial pilot when in my teens but that didn't work out .......... long story!!). I learned to fly the Grob, my first lesson was 2nd May 2008 and I passed my Skills Test 10th December that year. I'm also a member of the G-BKUE syndicate, which makes for some great social flying - so far having been to places like Islay, Prestwick, Campbeltown, Plockton, Oban, Inverness, etc., etc. I'm very much a social flyer - i.e. I like flying with other people (I get bored by myself) so if you ever fancy a pootle in G-UE, give me a shout. 

 

Chris AndersonChris Anderson

Secretary

Having first learned to fly on C150s at Perth with the Air Cadets in the 1960s I flew a Jodel D117 at Inverness for a few months but then let my PPL lapse. However I came back to flying at Fife and revalidated my licence in 1996. I rent Club aircraft, preferring the Warrior so I was delighted when ‘Kilo Sierra’ arrived at Fife. Over the years I have flown to Islay, Oban, Plockton, Inverness, Fishburn nr Durham, Kirkbride and several places in between. I've recently retired so I have more time to get involved in the Club ..... and I’m keen to get more airfields in my log book!

  

Mark BoyleMark Boyle

Treasurer

Born and raised in the West Coast - Argyll (Not Glasgow which is in the middle of the country!) I moved to Edinburgh in 2000. I got married to Gayle in 2003 and we had a son, Aran in 2008. We live in Kirkliston as it's near the Airport and it's handy for the bridge across to Fife too! I started my PPL training at Perth in 2004 when Tayside were still operating there, moved training to Fife airport when they stopped. I gained my PPL in 2006 and have been flying in hired Tayside aircraft ever since!

  

Jim MillarJim Millar

I've been passionate about aviation since I was five, and Dad introduced me to a big white Sunderland flying boat in Trincomalee harbour. I followed the usual route of aero modelling and plane spotting, and even a short dalliance with gliding in my younger days.

I'd always wanted to fly, but commitments to work, family, (and mortgage!) meant that time and disposable income never coincided. I finally resolved that problem nine years ago, and qualified at Fife. My passion for all things aviation remains as strong as ever, especially since I achieved my long term career goal of retirement!

 

Alan LaingAlan Laing 

I've been flying since the mid-80s on a PPL, with a break of 12 years then I came back to the NPPL in 2006 at Fife. I bought the Fife TB9, G-BKUE, with three friends in 2005 and we expanded the group to 8 members and UE has taken me from Kirkwall to Land's End - admittedly not all in the one trip, though. I keep my hand in on the Grob and fly aeros when I can. I'm on the Buddy Scheme so if you fancy a shot in the TB9 or a Grob, give me a bell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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