Warning: this public safety page exposes the LAC as underhand with no bona-fides
Ashcroft-NOLAC [no Peacocks please] 29 Apr 2016 Click on RED
Our Public Safety page ... light humour added, to bring the LAC ... down to earth
The LAC have gone out of their way to 'butcher' our Airfield since Nov 2010
They won't mind if we spend the next 14 yrs giving them a few suggestions
LAC sent us 1500 legal documents (now they'll have to endure our 1500 responses)
Eric Clifford Mort: It will take a few more LAC "Forums" .. to .. sort this out
Lvl 4 litigation warning to the British Association of Aviation Consultants here on 01 May
Hillsborough inquest: .. if public safety is at risk, the general public have a low tolerance for corruption, Masonic 'handshakes', old boy networks. Ashcroft [and our public] will not relent in exposing BAAC incompetence, bias, failure to comply with Court Orders, Civil Procedure Rules ... etc. The BAAC is an unregulated organisation [complaints are dismissed without proper regard for the public]. All parties concerned [CAA inc] whether employed or retired should be clear .. if 80,000 kgm/sec of LAC Focke Wulf kills / injures or harms any member of our public using illegal [military] Flight Manual Performance data, then it is entirely possible that criminal proceedings may result
APAPI's tested satis 29.04.2016 ... waiting for calibration ... est online mid-May 2016
Ashcroft has been forced to bypass normal channels concerning public safety concerns:
Issues concerning corruption adversely affecting the safety of the general public
Issues concerning 'attempting to pervert the course of justice' public safety [WEH]
Issues concerning providing a false argument to a High Court Judge, K Armitage
Issues concerning incompetent use of unlawful flight manual performance data
Issues concerning incompetent members of established organisations
This directly affects past / present members/ employees of the following organisations
In the interests of public safety all documents will be published on this website
01 May 2016 .. Level 4 Litigation warning to the BAAC
01 Jun 2016 .. Warning to the CEO of the UK Civil Aviation Authority
01 Jul 2016 .. Notification of public safety concerns to all national newspapers
We thank the Cheshire Constabulary for their support regarding public safety at Ashcroft
Letter to the Lancashire Aero Club re: overweight vehicle ... Here
LAC: experts in ransoming other Airfields. .. volunteer to be a KHF 'Duty Dog' please
It appears that many of the LAC lack the mental robustness ... to become a Duty Officer
When will the LAC ever behave in a 'Bona fide' manner ?
Lancs Aero Club warning: .. dont fly if conditions are "too damp"
Can you believe these guys .. "Too Damp" .. what ... even for Microlights ?
Time to bring out a LAC Committee 'heavyweight' ... it's Neil Smith
It's now been 16 months since Eric Mort shared his wisdom .. in his Newsletters
Ashcroft's [and our public] response to LAC Ransom threats ... Here
It's looking pretty grim for the "Eric and Johnny" show [Kate Howe's Malignant Regime]
Isn't about time someone 'woke up' Eric ... or find another LAC Chairperson
71 pages of 'light reading' for Eric tonight [now you know what it feels like Mister Mort]
Join the premier Sheep Club in the NW here [no sheep shagging shysters at Ashcroft please]
Eric Mort: it has been said that "Treating anyone as less intelligent than they are, always backfires as history shows" ... considering that during your Court appearance, your only comments were .."I'm Chairman of the Lancashire Aero Club" x 2 [and] "No" ... the question that Ashcroft and Lowton have is ... just how stupid do you think we are ?
Recent comments ITN: "stop an accident and no one notices .. fail and there's a good chance that the whole country will be paying attention"
"Your safety is our first priority" [how many times have the public heard this?]
Ashcroft will be asking Andrew Haines to 'make good' on the CAA's assurances below ..
(1) The CAA provides safety assurance to the public in accordance with its statutory duties.
(2) The CAA also follows the principles of better regulation which means that our interventions should be proportionate and targeted to achieve the desired safety benefit ...
(3) A series of questions have been developed to ensure that we minimise the risks to those we are required to protect; that our regulation is consistent
(4) We're focused primarily on protecting third parties from risks associated with GA activities
Ashcroft is 'managing risks' by contacting the National Press [01 July 2016]:
Ex-Army postal worker, CAA Hooligan .. giving advice contrary to CAA policies
CAA employees walking away from their prime directive to protect the public
BAAC 'Experts' recklessly using illegal data .. adversely affecting public safety
LAC pilots / leadership showing a reckless and negligent disregard for the public
Loose cannons advised by CAA 'Hooligan' advising BAAC Balloonist = public safety risk
Eric Mort: Ashcroft can only partially manage risks. Bad news: you're also responsible
The Lancashire Aero Club Committee:
'Ransoming' Ashcroft Airfield [and] attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Dangerous Flying ... breaking and entering ... endangering the general public
Criticised by a Judge ... no official safety structure ... ditched by Peel Holdings
Chris Finnigan [ex-CAA] : gross disregard for public safety [Ashcroft road users]
Bob Commander [BAAC] : gross disregard for public safety [Ashcroft road users]
09 Nov 2011: Eric's Club taunted Ashcroft: ... do you think we had given up ..
Our message to Mister Mort over 4 years later is ... kill our public = LAC bankruptcy
The LAC relinquished their rights to remain independent from Ashcroft on 23/11/2010
Expert has been found to be biased-incompetent Litigation against the BAAC continues
Unacceptable for a BAAC Balloonist to go outside his area of his expertise relying heavily on a CAA Microlight/Motorcycle Hooligan [aviation experienced limited to 450kg]
Ashcroft has a low tolerance for buffoonish Balloonists - Microlight / Motorcycle Hooligans
It seems that the LAC will need to operate Jump Jets .. or secure a dodgy BAAC report
How many idiots can the LAC Committee accommodate ? [don't answer that]
No wonder Johnny Coxon [ex-safety officer] has relocated the LAC funds to a safe place
Ashcroft's 'Flying' Calendar [don't forget .. the LAC are now recruiting]
There is sufficient concern for public safety at Ashcroft to warrant extra-ordinary measures
01 Apr 2016: Complaint to Eric Mort concerning LAC aircraft endangering Ashcroft
01 May 2016: Level 4 litigation for BAAC .. [use of illegal data endangering our public]
01 Jun 2016: Warning to A Haines K Staples T Rapson re: contacting National Press
01 Jul 2016: All editors of UK Newspapers contacted re: Hillsborough type cover-up
"We furnished the DPP, and Attorney General, with an analysis demonstrating the gravity of the conspiracy, We showed how the tampering exercise was organised. It was clear that crimes of perverting the course of justice had been committed" .. sound familiar ?
Letter of concern from the Cheshire Constabulary regarding LAC ransom threats Here
Ashcroft is attempting to 'manage risks'. Are CAA & LAC going act in a similar manner?
No action by CAA/BAAC/LAC before 01.07.2016 = all documents sent to UK Newspapers
The UK CAA: [lest we forget] have a legal responsibilty to protect the uninvolved public
The CAA was established by Parliament 1972 as an independent specialist aviation regulator
The CAA's main statutory functions are:
regulating civil aviation safety
management of UK airspace while maintaining a high standard of safety
The CAA's mission is to provide best practice regulation and expert advice that are independent & enable civil aviation to best meet the needs of its users & society in a safe & sustainable manner
The CAA must meet the highest standards of professionalism and integrity
LAC 'Hotshots' where is your Safety Officer? [probably in Barbados by now]
Captain Dave Bremner [upon mature reflection] don't shirk your responsibilities again ..
Lowton's Community .. joins Ashcroft's Community in bringing the LAC down to earth ...
Surely the LAC must have someone who has bona-fides and is upfront ... ouch
Volunteer for a KHF Duty Offcer slot .... anyone apart from the LAC Committee
Did Grim-4-sure's LAC talk at Eric's 'Old Clubhouse' get off the ground ? Click Here
Nov 2015 ... Runway 27 / 09 auto lighting available for some Ashcroft based pilots
Dec 2015 ... Courtesy Car + Unleaded fuel introduced for all [non-LAC] Pilots
Jan 2016 .... New Airfield Drainage Pump installed operating at 2 Gallons / sec
Feb 2016 ... Two training rooms refurbished .. to be operated on a non profit basis
Feb 2016 ... Reconfiguration to mid-Cheshire Microlights-Gyros [an alternative to Arclid]
Apr 2016 ... Eurostar EV97 shelter to be constructed [training to be advertised £85/hr]
CAA: we're managing risks .. AAIB / Coroner / Judges will expect CAA to manage risks
If you wish to fund the LAC their bank details are:- Light Planes Lancs, 16-27-11, Acc 10023549
Lancashire Sheep Club members ... and followers ... see below
Letter to the General Counsel and Secretary to the UK Civil Aviation Authority .. below
Letter to LAC Chairman [Eric Mort] regarding LAC corruption ... oh ... a waste of time !
Level 3 litigation warning letter to BAAC Chairman Sat 20 Feb 2016 ... below
[13/02/2016] LAC moving to KHF We received 16 emails from Lowton Community
[14/02/2016] Lowton response: "Dear All .. The following link opens the latest edition of 'Elevator' in which Cliff Mort, stupidly, refers to anyone against his Ownership of his own Airstrip as NIMBYS" http://www.lancsaeroclub.co.uk/pdf/elevator0208.pdf
[16/02/2016] Lowton working flat out to send Eric Cifford Mort a message
[18/02/2016] authorities savvy to LAC deception .. Lowton 'NIMBY's' '1' .. Eric Mort '0'
'Wanafly' at Warp 8 ... away from Mort's malignant regime ... join the queue
Would you buy a house just 500m ...... from Lanc's Loonies new airport .. No
Would you buy a used car [or anything] from Lanc's Loonies? ........ er .... No
LAC before ransoming Ashcroft  ... and after ransoming us 
Will we be ransomed by LAC? Will we stop informing CAA re: public safety concerns - no
LAC ditched by Peel  LAC ditched by Ashcroft  LAC ditched by Lowton 
Isn't about time everyone says ADIOS to Mort and his ransoming "Malignant regime"
As usual the Lanc's Loonies .. need to be .. brought down to earth
“The Lancashire Aero Club has steadily grown [I think they mean declined] to become one of the largest [err ..perhaps smallest] and [un] friendliest flying clubs in the country and continues to thrive [I think they mean ‘wither’]. As of July 2009 we have our own airstrip from which to operate on the 28-day rule and full planning permission is being sought. Confidence, as they say, is high” no disputing the legendry LAC arrogance here
Ashcroft: one of 2 Airfield's in Cheshire mentioned in CAA CAP 481 1991 [1,500 Airfields]
Ashcroft is operated by dedicated professionals [Airfield to be sold to responsible people in 2030]
Ashcroft currently open for a/c < 700kg AUW SR-SS [auto lighting] + RW27 APAPI's
Ashcroft 'tracking' Unleaded prices, cheapest in the UK now ... £1.40 / litre [no VAT]
Runway 09/27 is drained at 2 Gallons / second allowing SR-SS lightweight aircraft ops
Hangarage £: [made simple for prunes] better than any comparable airfield ..average £125
For 2 yrs the Lancashire Aero Club have endangered drivers on the busy A579
Time for the LAC Chairman to step aside ..and let someome more responsible take over
LAC-BAAC-CAA 'politics' are of no interest to us .. public safety is our concern
Legal action against the British Association of Aviation Consultants [current assessment]
A BAAC Balloonist expert has failed the Court & has produced a dangerous report
He's been ill advised by a microlight "Hooligan" who's departed from CAA Docs
The CAA are pedalling backwards to avoid litigation regarding unlicensed airfields
LAC is ransoming everyone to use any type of aircraft on 500m grass rwy + road
Ashcroft is being pro-active by adding a new 50ft road overflight guidance system
We've no option but to ask a Court to assess BAAC deficiencies/CAA commitment
On advice from a Microlight-Motorcycle 'Hooligan' ... a BAAC Balloonist says:
Quote: "the private pilot is responsible for his or her own actions and does not have to take into account passenger expectations or ignorance, although a passenger safety briefing is strongly recommended. The bottom line is that a pilot can do just about what he likes, including hazarding his own life, provided that there are mitigations in place for members of the public" unquote ... Balloon passengers bring your own parachutes !
Compare this with the official CAA version regarding the ANO Para 4.2 (b):
Quote "for securing the safety of air navigation and the safety of aircraft and of persons and property carried therein, [and] for preventing aircraft endangering other persons and property" unquote
Dave are you sure this take-off is safe - Dont worry Eric BAAC-CAA say you're expendable
Ashcroft is trying to "manage risks" regarding LAC 'hotshots' What is Eric Mort doing ?
We can always rely on Lanc's Loonies to cheer us up. Pre-satellite talks for a starter !
Fortunately Johnny C [ex-Safety Officer] is guarding their funds and kicking off at KHF
CAA Comments ... Aviation law ... "risk management" ... BAAC litigation ...oh, and LAC
LAC ransoming ... BAAC incompetence ... CAA public commitments .. Public safety
The Lancashire Aero Club committee started a dispute with Ashcroft on 07 Dec 2010
Perhaps certain parties have missed 'key points' in correspondence so let's be clear
1. if any LAC aircraft [heavy-fast > 30,000 kgm/sec inertia] are CCTV captured overflying our public road at low level with any persons or property in close proximity, then Ashcroft will submit this evidence to the CAA and the national press [+ Witness Statement]
2. If German registered we'll pass on this evidence to LBA and request CofA withdrawal
3. We'll then ask a Cheshire Police Constable to carry out a document check iaw ANO's
4. The LAC continue to ransom us to operate their 2 Ton Focke Wulf from Ashcroft using [unapproved] military Flight Manual performance data. Even these illegal TODR/LDR figures exceed RW09/27 TODA/LDA. This is a big-heavy-fast aircraft with an inertia of 80,000 kgm/sec.
5. Thanks to a botched [subsequently fudged] BAAC assessment-we can do little about it
6. There's a road on the eastern boundary ..much busier than the Lockyear 1980's Fly-ins
7. This 72 yr old LAC Focke Wulf pilot has already landed long and crashed [on a public accessible disused aerodrome at Stretton] causing extensive damage to his aircraft.
8. Any Pilot can screw up but if the LAC depart from AFM perf and kill our Public .. ouch
BAAC on a "collision course" for legal action? Statements below should be honoured
Mike Barnard [CAA GA] to AOPA [Aug 2013] see below [Courts are looking for consistency]
Quote: "Regulation must he risk-based, he says – and the CAA is not there to save you from yourself. If you understand and accept the risks, you are entitled to take them. “Aviation regulators recognise their principal duty of care to the genuine uninvolved third-party. (However) the pilot of a single seat de-regulated aircraft is fully aware of his own risks and is personally responsible for mitigating them; where the risk to society is small and the participants are fully aware of any risks involved, the level of intervention need not be onerous" Unquote
BAAC Chairman comments on his experts: "Their professionalism, qualifications and experience are assured, therefore, when delivering the services you need"
Ashcroft's legal dispute with the BAAC & LAC [public safety issues] updated 06/01/2016
Q1. Is Ashcroft behaving inappropriately & disingenuously by focussing on the LAC FW
A1. LAC FW using illegal data = 5 x inertia of Ashcroft a/c [fast cricket ball-v-slow tennis ball]
Q2. What responsibilities does Ashcroft have to manage risks to our public using road
A2. Ashcroft is implementing a road over-flight guidance system [aircraft > 450kg MTOW]
Q3. What responsibilities does the CAA have to manage risks to our public using road
A3. CAA have stated their principal duty of care to the uninvolved public [our road users]
Q4. What responsibilities do BAAC experts have, to properly comply with a Court Order
A4. BAAC expert has not carried out his duties and reprimanded by a High Court Judge
Q5. What liabilities does BAAC have by not properly investigating a flawed expert report
A5. If BAAC endorse an incompetent / biased / bodged / fudged report then they're liable
Q6. What's the impact on public safety regarding the LAC's determination to ransom us
A6. LAC should investigate the legal implications of ransoming airfields + public death
A Coroner will be asking these questions if a 2T LAC FW kills our public using illegal data
Ashcroft believe that we've a strong case against the BAAC [on public safety grounds]
Based on overwhelming evidence [including HHJ assessment] we'll be asking a Court to:
Order BAAC to provide an expert to properly comply with DJ Richmond's Court Order
Order BAAC to be regulated by a competent authority [due to public safety issues]
Order BAAC to pay damages to Ashcroft due to failure to comply with BAAC standards
Level 2 BAAC litgation letter will be sent 18 Jan LAC-BAAC-CAA-Ashcroft [all involved]
Ex-CAA hooligan [non compliant] opinions are nitro-glyercine to relatives of the deceased
SERA. 3101 Negligent or Reckless Operation of Aircraft: An aircraft shall not be operated in a negligent or reckless manner so as to endanger life or property of others
Are CAA/BAAC/LAC/Ashcroft prepared to stand upright in a Coroners Court we believe we are
High Court Judge Armitage has shown that no Club/Authority is immune from criticism
Judge Grant instructed E Mort to act more responsibly re: actions of LAC Club Members
Judge Johnstone advised LAC that that their case was lost re: Ashcroft gate damage
Judge Richmond ordered a full assessment re:safe and lawful operations of D-EARY
LAC continue to Ransom Ashcroft and our road users, so the litigation will continue
BAAC assurances: "Their professionalism, qualifications and experience are assured, therefore, when delivering the services you need" ... a BAAC Joke?
Civil Aviation Authority assurances : "for securing the safety of air navigation and the safety of aircraft and of persons and property carried therein, [and] for preventing aircraft endangering other persons and property"
Civil Aviation Authority assurances :“Aviation regulators recognise their principal duty of care to the genuine uninvolved third-party" [CAA-AOPA Aug 2013]
If 2 Tons of LAC Focke Wulf ends up on our public road, the shit will hit the fan
For legal reasons a correspondence paper trail to the BAAC Chairman is detailed below
We request [competent] expert to comply with Court Order + Damages awarded by Court
It's inevitable that the CAA will be asked to show consistency re: Public Safety concerns
Letter to John Wheeler [British Association of Aviation Consultants Chairman] .. 28/12/2015
Letter to John Wheeler [British Association of Aviation Consultants Chairman] .. 10/12/2015
Letter to John Wheeler [British Association of Aviation Consultants Chairman] .. 02/10/2015
Letter to John Wheeler [British Association of Aviation Consultants Chairman] .. 29/09/2015
Lanc's Sheep Club Chairman [Eric Mort] is well known for his foot-in-mouth statements:
Runway 26: "It would be financial folly for the Club to take on the running of the facility"
Ashcroft has a Duty of Care to our Public. Will the LAC continue to be a threat to them ?
Eric's aero has tried to trash Ashcroft since 2010 ... learn from our Solicitor .. stay clear
LAC Trustees: If you ignore Public risks [like E Mort] you will be pursued in Court as req'd
LAC: time to "wake-up" if you damage our Public ... you will [all] be sued for damages
"Where action is brought it is usually against the chairman and secretary in the first instance, the action can be extremely distressing for the club officers involved. This is a confusing area of the law and because of the lack of case law it is difficult to be definitive on the outcome of any action brought. The distress felt by members and officers is often compounded by this uncertainty and attempts to determine what their actual liability is. Club members tend to have two conflicting views of the position, either they believe they are not liable for any debt, or that they have unlimited liability. As a general rule a member’s liability is limited to the amount of the subscription because when he joins a club he does not intend to incur any liability beyond his subscriptions payable under the rules. However, if a member or officer is found liable for a debt his liability is usually unlimited."
LAC website: " the Lancashire Aero Club do not offer flying lessons" you can see why !
The LAC want to play Russian Roulette with public safety . .. nothing new
People searching for nutty fruitcakes should look no futher than Mort's stooge [Peter Sargeant]
PS: Don't forget to book your seats for the Lancs Loonies winter talks . HERE
As the LAC drift rudderless through space, we [all] ask: when will ERIC be retiring ?
Eric: one of your Boys is making a nuisance of himself with our neighbours ..
your club seems to have specialised in risking "Public Safety" [don't expect any medals]
This webpage: a candid assessment of risks to the public due to LAC illegal operations
Corruption at the highest level .. nothing new ... for Eric's Lancs Loonies
Capt D Bremner: [upon mature reflection] dont leave your Co-pilot to file an AIRPROX
CAA NB: allowing LAC High Energy flights over our public highway will not be tolerated
LAC Solicitor / Barrister conduct [ouch] Coxon says .. lose your throttle .. !
Legal irregularities passed on to Sir Andrew Burns & Kings Chambers [14 Oct 2015]
Our public injured / killed due LAC recklessness: a prison sentence will be pursued
Turning back the clock ... 100 years of aviation safety
The British Association of Aviation Consultants
Unregulated ... never challenged ... a recipe for disaster [by anyone's standards]
BAAC comment: "It is irrelevant that it could also be operated unlawfully" ... Ouch!
John Wheeler please explain to our public how the BAAC can sanction 'unlawful ops'
The British Association of Aviation Consultants are recruiting 'Independent' Experts
Step 1. Ensure you have a clean driving license [and some form of aviation membership]
Step 2. Take any BAAC assignment ... even though you are not properly qualified.
Step 3. Absorb Forum gossip to get a flavour of events and 'throw your weight around'
Step 4. Strut around for 38 min airside [write it up as 90 min] and take some 'piccies'
Step 5. Decide which side that you are going to back and construct a padded report.
Step 6. Calculations must be based on wrong runway distances and unapproved data
Step 7. Dismiss all public safety concerns as 'trivia' and ignore sensitive questions
Step 8. Pick up a 'fat fee' and put it towards your Jersey retirement home .....
Step 9. Rest assured that any 'in-house' panel will bury any complaints against you
You are now BAAC: Victims of your biased & incompetent report will sue you.. Ouch!
A BAAC Balloonist "Expert" has used 2 types of illegal Flight Manual Take-off and Landing performance data to 'fudge' a professional report concerning a 2 Ton MTOW LAC Focke Wulf using a 500m [TODA + LDA] grass Runway with an occasionally busy road on the eastern boundary. Ashcroft believes it appropriate for this "Expert" to resign and the BAAC Chairman should also 'consider his position' for showing apparent indifference to a report that endangers our road users.
At least the Balloonist BAAC "Expert" got something right: "The aircraft should be flown in accordance with the correct flight manual but the pilot is required to comply with the Rules for the country in which the aircraft is being flown. However, if there is a difference in regulatory requirement, the aircraft must be flown in compliance with the more restrictive regulation between the country of registration (Germany) and the country where the flight takes place (UK)."
John Wheeler, why did your Balloonist "Expert" not use the performance data from the correct (Civil) Flight Manual and why did he use performance data from a (Military) Flight manual that the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt have specificaly stated is "not part of the Civil approval of the FW-149"
The Lancashire Aero Club 2 Ton Focke Wulf [D-EARY] .. must observe German Law and must .. "operate the aircraft in such a manner that no third party is endangered, harmed, impeded or inconvenienced beyond the extent unavoidable under the circumstances"
Andrew Haines: the Cheshire Constabulary has reacted positively to safety concerns
LAC Solicitor [William Ernerst Holt] 18.04.2012: "I appreciate that the owner of a German Registered aircraft is obliged to comply with the German Regulations .."
LAC 'Expert' [Robert John Commander] 21.04.2014: "The aircraft should be flown in accordance with the correct Flight Manual but the Pilot is required to comply with the Rules for the country in which the aircraft is being flow. However, if there is a difference in regulatory requirements, the aircraft must be flown in compliance with the more restrictive regulation between the country of registration (Germany) and the country where the flight takes place (UK)"
LAC Barrister [Andrew Latimer] 19.05.2014: "It is said that Mr Commander did not report as requested on the German air regulations, and indeed he does not, he does not really deal with that in terms of expanding on the German air regulations, and anyone who has read the court order from the District Judge knows that that was not part of his remit. The reason, of course, that he does not have to speak about the German air regulations is the territorial one: if you land in a plane, wherever it came from, wherever it is registered, it is UK law that applies in the United Kingdom, it will be policed by the CAA - you may, of course, have a regulator back at your home airport or where you are registered, you may have to satisfy them another day, but in terms of landing at this airfield in the United Kingdom, there is one law that applies, it is the CAA that polices it."
LAC Barrister: Complaint to Bar Council posted by Recorded Delivery [01 Sep 2015]
LAC Barrister: additional evidence supplied to Bar Standards Board [16 Sep 2015]
When will the Lancashire Aero Club [ever] act in a Bona Fide and up front manner ?
At least the BAAC Balloonist Expert [Robert John Commander] got something right:
[Apr 2014] "The aircraft should be flown in accordance with the correct flight manual but the pilot is required to comply with the Rules for the country in which the aircraft is being flown. However, if there is a difference in regulatory requirement, the aircraft must be flown in compliance with the more restrictive regulation between the country of registration (Germany) and the country where the flight takes place (UK)."
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[19 May 2014] PreTrial Review [LAC -v- Ashcroft] High Court Judge Armitage sitting
The following transcipt is provided courtesy of John Larking [Verbatim Reporters]
MR LATIMER [LAC Barrister]: It is said that Mr Commander did not report as requested on the German air regulations, and indeed he does not, he does not really deal with that in terms of expanding on the German air regulations, and anyone who has read the court order from the District Judge knows that that was not part of his remit. The reason, of course, that he does not have to speak about the German air regulations is the territorial one: if you land in a plane, wherever it came from, wherever it is registered, it is UK law that applies in the United Kingdom, it will be policed by the CAA - you may, of course, have a regulator back at your home airport or where you are registered, you may have to satisfy them another day, but in terms of landing at this airfield in the United Kingdom, there is one law that applies, it is the CAA that polices it.
JUDGE ARMITAGE: I suppose, for a foreign registered aircraft, it may be the foreign country to determine what the status is of any other data that is held in relation to the particular aircraft? Or is that simply a manufacturer's ...
MR LATIMER: As I understand it, the manufacturers will produce some information themselves. The German registration means that - presumably, to maintain your registration in Germany you must keep the German authorities satisfied. I must admit that I do not know and I suspect that few people in the room do ...
JUDGE ARMITAGE: This is the difficulty that I am in in relation to this - I can see that it is a German registered aircraft, it is being operated in the UK for these purposes and it is interesting to try and understand, at least as a preliminary, why anyone thinks there is a German aspect to this, but it is because it is a German registered aircraft.
MR LATIMER: So the defendants say. The claimants' position is simply that it is irrelevant. It is a territorial matter. If you are in British airspace, you abide by British law and explain to the CAA if you fail to do so. So, in my submission, there is no - they would need in fact to amend the District Judge's order to get in a great deal more about the German air regulations
Ex-CAA Hooligan & BAAC Balloonist have tried to trivialise safety concerns at Ashcroft
History is littered with attempts by part-timers trying to suppress genuine safety concerns
Recent events dictate that a more professional respect for Public Safety is long overdue
Allowing a LAC 2T Focke Wulf to use illegal Military Flt Manual performance data on a 500m grass Runway ending in a Public Highway is a [road] accident waiting to happen
LAC: You are put on notice that you are all liable for damages due to LAC illegal ops
Members of a unincorporated Club will be held liable if sufficient warning has been given
By supporting the Malignant Regime. Kate Howe's comments [not ours] you are all liable
Our public will give LAC a 'jolt' [with lightning conduit ferocity] if you all continue not to act
We have all been patient .. but five years of LAC complaceny ... puts you all in jeopardy.
The Attorney General / CAA / Cheshire Police & Crime Comissioner are now informed
High Court action is now scheduled for 01 October 2015 [details to be published]
LAC: complacency on public safety issues? You are all at financial risk by the actions of the few
Members of the governing bodies of clubs and other unincorporated associations should take note of a recent court decision confirming that a committee member of a rugby club could be liable to pay a club liability of £147,000 personally, or be made bankrupt. Its governing body was called the management committee.
One of the committee members was also the club’s president [LAC Tom Dugdale, wisely .. has resigned]
Members of the governing body of an unincorporated association are personally liable for any payment.
All members were liable. Even worse, legally the committee members were “jointly and severally” liable
That meant: could start bankruptcy or any other legal action against any one of them for the full amount
It would then be up to that committee member to recover their share from the others [the LAC Members]
Club members should: take legal advice before accepting office as a member of the committee or other governing body of an unincorporated association, to reduce the risk of being taken to court for payment of the association’s debts ensure that fellow committee members are aware of their potential personal liability before an unincorporated association enters into a significant contract or carries out any activity that could create a legal liability ― for example, for personal injury ― if things go wrong
A long overdue welcome .. to Tony Rapson and Rob Bishton, GA CAA
Eric Mort: Please confirm that you're still in charge and regulating your 'loose cannons'
Andrew Kenneth Halvorson [polite warning] ... you are treading on 'thin ice'
The Best Quote of the week:
BAAC Balloonist 'Expert': "It is unlikely that there are many aviation consultants with more experience in this particular field, considering my CAA policy background"
Lets get real ... this is the .. Navigator / Balloonist / Drone BAAC 'Expert' ... with virtually no 'hands-on' piloting experience .. [apart from Balloons] .. who has produced [quite probably] the most biased / bloated / botched (and subsequently fudged) 'professional' aviation safety report in the history of the BAAC.
Will BAAC President Lord Trefgarne agree with RJC [after he reads our Witness Statement]
John Wheeler ... suggest you get some [proper] legal advice. If any of our public are harmed as a result of RJC's report ... the BAAC will be answerable to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
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Second Best Quote of the week:
From Nigel Sleigh: "Steve, I couldn't figure out why those kids would be clowning around so close to an active Runway" ...
Nigel, it's just the Lancashire Aero Club ... being irresponsible ... again !
17:50[L] 15/07/2015 .... 3 x LAC position themselves only 10ft from active Runway
17:53[L] 15/07/2015 .... Skranger takes off on RW31 and notices LAC near Runway
17:54[L] 15/07/2015 .... LAC Focke Wulf blasts through Ashcroft Circuit southbound
17:54[L] 15/07/2015 .... Departing Ashcroft Syranger requires avoiding action [to right]
17:56[L] 15/07/2015 .... LAC Focke Wulf flies 32ft over our road close to 'flight stall'
When will the LAC realise that stunt flying is no substitute for Flt Manual performance data
Eric Mort: please explain to us why your members are endangering our public [again]
Lancashire Aero Club harms our public = public enquiry
Richard Miller [Senior Solicitor]: "LAC is underhand and not calculated to give you confidence in the bona fides of these gentlemen in any future dealings with them. I think you were entitled to expect that all negotiations would be conducted with transparency and “cards on the table” and it appears that this expectation has been far from met"
At a Farmer's Field 'Oop North' .. the LAC safety officer needs sacking
Pilots thinking of joining a "Nowt appening" Club should perhaps click Here
It seems that some LAC have problems with their aim. Perhaps we can assist
Ian Weston (CAA ARE) Sep 2005 "These Airfield rights aren't worth the paper that they're written on". We ask Jim Ellis to be 'upfront' with his conversation with 'old school' CAA
Q. Is there anyone left in Eric's Aero Club with any .. Brio
Ashcroft-NOLAC "Twitterybook" is now online ... dont like it? .. blame the LAC
As the LAC 'Bona fide' index hits rock bottom... we join with Susan Czerski ... try our Quiz
Yes (you guessed it) these LAC belligerent claims are all ... BULLSHIT
Eric couldn't resist taking this .... SELFIE .... before he was 'wisked away' ..
Common Sense and Best Practice approach to .... public safety
Plan to fly at 50ft above our Public Road to give adequate clearance to vehicles that are hidden from a high hedge when landing on RW27. Planning to fly over the road at 20ft is unacceptable and a breach of ANO Rule 5(3)a "Failure of a Power Unit"
After a High Court Judge recognises Ashcroft's concerns re: LAC low flying over public highways, commenting ...it "cries out" for a proper Expert assessment, Ashcroft responds by constructing a central HD tri-video device to protect our General Public (this is in addition to the 2 cameras that 'caught' the LAC flying over our road at 19ft 4 in)
These devices are affectionately referred to by Ashcroft (& the environs) as LAC Busters
... If the LAC continue to endanger our Public, we will contact our Member of Parliament
3. Public Safety ... Expert assessment (by a Hot Air Ballonist)
A "Top 50" London Aviation Lawyer criticised the LAC for trying to stop Expert assessment for a 2 ton aircraft that 'landed long' and crashed on a vehicle test track.
On 27.02.14 the LAC unilaterally appointed an Aviation 'Expert' (speciality: Balloons! )
On a 38min tour the 'Expert' assessed our boundary road and hedge as a 'non issue'.
Despite providing the 'Expert' with photos of the hedge in the summer (twice the height and much thicker than shown below) hiding vehicles / pedestrians (the general public) from view to pilots landing on RW 27 & 30, he apparently chose to ignore these risks.
The legal issues of 'Failure of a Power unit' [ANO Rule 5 (3)a] were not considered.
Safety concerns were dismissed as 'trivia' (contradicting a High Court Judge's assessment)
5. Fly over our road 50ft minimum to comply with Rule 5(3)a
Since our road is used by the general public, appropriate aircraft performance calculations (iaw the most recent performance data) are legally required to clear this road by at least 50ft iaw ANO Rule 5(3.a) ... pertinent to Unlicensed Airfields
SSL 07: 8(c) "You should always ensure that after applying all the relevant factors .... the Landing Distance Required (LDR) from a height of 50 feet does not exceed landing Distance Available"
In our experience, most pilots act in a responsible manner and adhere to the relevant CAA safety policy documents regarding aircraft performance and Rule 5
6. Civil Aviation Authority (UK)
CAA regulatory review of GA: "for securing the safety of air navigation and the safety of aircraft and of persons and property carried therein, [and] for preventing aircraft endangering other persons and property". The UK Rules of the Air Regulations are enabled under the ANO"
Ashcroft Airfield: attempting to secure the safety of aircraft & persons carried therein [and] preventing aircraft endangering other persons & property
7. Civil Aviation Authority (UK)
QUOTE ....Accidents such as failure to get airborne, collision with obstacles after take-off and over-run on landing occur frequently to light aeroplanes. Many have happened at short licensed runways, as well as strips, often when operating out of wind or where there was a slope. Poor surfaces, such as long or wet grass, mud or snow, were often contributory factors. Many, if not all, of these performance accidents could have been avoided if the pilots had been fully aware of the performance limitations of their aeroplanes. The pilot in command has a legal obligation under EU Part-NCO and Article 87 of the Air Navigation Order 2009, which require the pilot to check that the aeroplane will have adequate performance for the proposed flight .. UNQUOTE
9. See and Avoid ... Peripheral and ... Tunnel vision
Caution: Regarding limitations of the "See-and-Avoid" Principle. Peripheral vision is reduced under conditions of high workload.
"A number of researchers have shown that peripheral stimuli are more difficult to detect when attention is focussed on a central task"
Safety Sense Leaflet 13: Collision Avoidance
"Another inherent eye problem is the narrow field of vision. Although our eyes accept light rays from an arc of nearly 200°, they are limited to a relatively narrow area (approximately 10–15°) in which they can actually focus on and classify an object. Although movement on the periphery can be perceived, we cannot identify what is happening there, and we tend not to believe what we see out of the corner of our eyes. This, aided by the brain, often leads to 'tunnel vision'.
"The pilot’s functional visual field contracts under conditions of stress or increased workload.
The resulting ‘tunnel vision’ reduces the chance that an approaching aircraft will be seen in peripheral vision"