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Liability for Members of the Lancashire Aero Club due to illegal flying
  
Q.
 Do the LAC members care about breaches of Aviation Law affecting Public Safety ?
  
A.
 if they act unlawfuly [causing injury / death] the Lancashire Aero Club will be sued


Case Law shows that victims seek damages in 'pyramid' fashion [down to J Greenwood]
  
LAC should note the inconsistencies below [ignoring this will not protect you from litigation]
 
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]

When will the Lancashire Aero Club [ever] act in a Bona Fide  and  up front manner ?






The LAC have gone out of their way to 'butcher' our Airfield since 2010. I'm sure they won't mind if we spend the next 15 years giving them a few pointers  on any subject 

LAC sent us 1500 legal documents (now they'll have to endure our 1500 responses)



It's now been 8 months since Eric Mort shared his wisdom .. in his Newsletters
            
The 
LAC relinquished their rights to remain independent from Ashcroft on 23 / 11 / 2010










The Doctor is the next 'Duty Dog'  [it appears that there is a double booking 30 Aug]







   

At least the BAAC Balloonist Expert [Robert John Commander] got something righ
t:

  
[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
  

Lancashire Aero Club Barrister's false statements = complaint to Bar Council
 
Lancashire Aero Club Solicitor's response to the Attorney General is overdue







Lancashire Aero Club illegal operations ... update [25/08/2015]

  • Attorney General awaits LAC Solicitor's excuse for  ... perverting the course of justice
  • Cheshire Chief Constable alerted to LAC illegal flight ops    affecting public safety
  • HH Judge Armitage releases Court transcripts [Complaint to the BAR Council due Sep]
  • Lancashire Aero Club continue to breach ANO Rules of the Air affecting public safety
  • If  LAC kill the Public due to illegal actiivities, they'll be sued for Criminal Homicide



J Coxon forget facebook  face the facts ... don't let your Hotshots kill the General Public
  

You are the LAC Committee member, responsible for £370,000 of [fragile] LAC funds



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
 




Civil Aviation Authority Safety Sense Leaflet 14: Piston Engine Operations







The LAC are now restricted to 
Fly-out's. Don't stop at Llanbedr ... keep going !









Updates on: Lancashire Aero Club's attempts to operate their aircraft from Ashcroft

    
Attorney General / CAA / BAAC / MP's / Cheshire Police & Crime Commissioner:  Here

  
Thanks to CAA Chief Executives Office [acknowledging safety concerns re LAC Ops]
  
Thanks to Lord Trefgarne for his acknowledgement / concerns re: LAC Ops at Ashcroft
  
Thanks to John Dwyer [Cheshire PCC] for passing on concerns to the Chief Constable
  
Court transcripts applied for [J Larking] re LAC Barrister comments with HHJ Armitage

 
Complaint to the BAR Council [re LAC Barrister] when transcripts received by Ashcroft


  
Kynaston - Grimsaw .... get your facts straight Eric... !




  

On 21 June, LAC President Tom Dugdale wrote to Ashcroft to say he was resigning with immediate effect. It was clear that he was dissatisfied with the way his club was being managed by the "malignant regime" [to quote Kate Howe]



The following steps are required for the LAC to use KHF Airfield more than 4 days a year
Step 1: Pick a 'popular' Duty Officer [not Eric]  .. if that doesn't work ...  
Step 2: Advertise a BBQ .................................... if that doesn't work ...
Step 3: Advertise a FREE BBQ .......................... if that doesn't work ...
Step 4: Pay the LAC members to attend [assuming the LAC can get their dates right]

Step 5: Try to embrace "the bleedin' obvious" ... and elect ...  a better Chairman.






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





Steve Baldwin: it was up to you to save the LAC ... what happened!




LAC safety net: "Grim 4 Sure" [08 Aug].. not got a good track record but shows promise



Yet another BBQ at KHF [26 July 2015 .... Duty Dog: Eric Mort]



Mike Howells pulls the plug on the Rixton Fly-in [everyone is relying on Stuart Ord]





Chances of Eric's bunch acting in a Bona-fide / upfront manner? find out here





 LAC President resigned 'bombs gone'  Tom good for you [head & shoulders above us all]

long overdue welcome .. to Tony Rapson and Rob Bishton, GA CAA





Above: A 32 ft  high road crossing [steep angle of attack close to stall] .... 15/07/2015
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Microlight Pilots like Chris Finnigan [ex CAA] and BAAC Balloonist 'Expert' [RJC] do not have the experience to assess the risks of flying aircraft in a category above 450kg.
If you '
screw up' in a Microlight you are unlikely to do any harm to the general public.
Heavier / faster / aircraft with higher wing loading require careful handling and even the most talented of LAC Pilots [no disrespect Jack] can get caught out.

A Thorp T-18 crashed [in a similar location to DK's Focke Wulf above]  because the pilot allowed the aircraft's airspeed to reduce below safe margins ..  'On final approach to grass Runway 27 the aircraft stalled and touched down in a farm field approximately 50 metres short of the runway threshold. The pilot’s assessment of the cause was that, pre-occupied by the need to land immediately, he had allowed the airspeed to decay during the final approach and the aircraft stalled before he was able to initiate an effective recovery"
 
Both Chris Finnigan and RJC have failed to properly assess the LAC risks at Ashcroft.
31 July: a plain speaking and 'candid' public safety document to protect our public 

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Below: A 19'4" high road crossing with a more normal angle of attack ..... 30/07/2013

  


ANO Rule 5(3)a was deliberately constructed by the Civil Aviation Authority [genuine thanks to Lawrence Hay CAA  FSO] to 'protect' the general public at Unlicensed Airfields.
 
Clearly this is a 'inconvenience' for the  Lancashire Aero Club  ... but it is the only protection that our public have against LAC 'Hotshots'.
 
The BAAC Balloonist 'Expert' has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid this safety net
 
Considering he  has recently stated that he was involved in the construction of this Rule ... it beggars belief that he now ignores it ... and states that Ashcroft's concerns  regarding the operation of a [LAC] 2 Ton Focke Wulf [D-EARY] are ... Quote 'trivia' Unquote

Perhaps RJC [and his 'Hooligan' buddy Chris Finnigan] need a 'reality check' ... there is no 'rewind button' on a LAC Focke Wulf putting 4 of our road users in intensive care, as a result of [unlawfully] operating a 2 Ton German registered aircraft from our 500m Runway using unapproved Take off and Landing performance Data ... contrary to ... just about every CAA Publication on this subject ... Ironically confirmed by Chris Finnigan [ex] General Aviation Ops Inspectorate  CAA

Ashcroft has ZERO tolerance on any 'Hotshots' endangering our general public ...





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

[no less than 3 seperate LAC legal / safety / criminal issues on target .. "quelle surprise"]



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.



Chris Finnigan 40 years experience has taught me to prevent 'mishaps' from occurring

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 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!
     

 

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'
  

A candid [corruption free] Witness Statement will sent to Andrew Haines July 31 2015

The BAAC "Balloonist Expert" likes throwing his weight around  ..'Navigate' around this:

 A candid [corruption free] report to the Attorney General [perverting the course of justice] . on track





Letter to Mort / Dugdale re: breach of Article 81 of the Civil Aviation Act [1982] ... Here
 



We understand that an Airport has accommodation "not fit for purpose"  ... surely not !



 


Lancashire Aero Club 'founded1922 ... Eric's Aero Club 'floundering' in 2015

Pilots who wish to join Eric's Aero Cub must comply with this application form

      

 

LAC want to use any type of aircraft on our 500m grass Rwy ending in a road

  
Hopefully Andrew Haines (CAA) can bring the LAC 'up to speed' on public safety issues
before our Community are KILLED by LAC buffoonery and ex-CAA / BAAC bad apples

CAA Safety Sense Leaflet 07c
 
"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"

Ashcroft-NOLAC makes no apology for 'plain speaking' ... public safety comes first
   



  
Eric's Hotshots: "kills family of 4 using our Airfield boundary public road"

  • Barristers for victims seek damages from Dugdale downwards [in 'pyramid' fashion]
  • Coroner demands Witness Statements from ex-GA CAA employee + Balloonist buddy


 

Ashcroft Public quote
:
 "not a good time to be a Microlight Hooligan - Balloonist Expert" 

Ashcroft-NOLAC makes no apology for 'plain speaking' ... public safety comes first



Erics Aero Club: likes ransoming and threatening airfields ... deal with this 'Raptor' first

Eric's 'Loose Cannons' multiple threats ... affect all of us at Ashcroft
 
Meanwhile 5 LAC public safety / legal enquiries are ongoing (or scheduled) where is Eric ?


Eric's Aero Club ... tried to take over Ashcroft on 23/11/2010 .. and then ransomed us

There are Public Safety issues at stake .. You're either "with us or against us"
   

Eric Mort is put on notice, regarding his responsibilities concerning the Civil Aviation Act
....... Relevant sections of the Civil Aviation Act [1982] ... 76, 77, 78, 78a and 81

The CAA's "Primary duty of care" is to the uninvolved / uninformed public ... our PUBLIC





  

You will never need to pay for a windsock .. [until 2030] .. we will supply them for free !
 
Jane Billington has constructed this MK1 "NO LAC" Windsock ....... not a bad effort !

  
She is so grateful to that "Hidey Hole" LAC Solicitor who has "enthusiastically" generated nearly 1,500 legal Documents [but banged out when the going got tough] to 'persuade' us to accept a 2 Ton LAC Focke Wulf [using illegal AFM data]. 

 
Her special thanks to: Chris Finnigan [ex-CAA, microlight pilot] who advised his Balloonist "expert" friend, that our concerns regarding LAC road overflifghts were Quote "trivia" Unquote. Chris Finnigan is now flying his Microlight [and riding his motorcycle] like a hooligan [Banbury Police NB]


 

Meanwhile [thankfully] in the 'real CAA world[Tony Rapson / Rob Bishton] ... we will be asking Andrew Haines [CEO] for his thoughts re: relying on unapproved AFM perf data whilst using a 500m grass runway with quite a busy road on the eastern boundary. 

  
A 'penny' for the LAC Chairman's thoughts ... let's not go there due to "lack of material"
  
If anyone else has been shafted by the Lancashire Aero Club ... we'd be glad to help you

 

 

The LAC want this website to be just an 'information source for pilots' We'll revert back to that once they give assurances that they'll not endanger our public with heavy-fast aircraft over our road
 
Hopefully Andrew Haines can persuade Eric's bunch that Hooligan flying is not OK over our road









Does anyone know ... what is going on with .. Eric's Aero Club?

It seems that some LAC have problems with their aim. Perhaps we can assist

We're keen to reciprocate with Oop North humour. Anyone for the Golden shot




   
Eric says "it's a bit quiet at the moment"  Eric, slide that earpiece switch to ON




It's the usual story ... quiet one month ... but busy the next ! 








Does anyone know ... what is going on with .. Eric's Aero Club ?



Does anyone know ... what is going on with .. Eric's Aero Club ?



For the record: Mort, Barham, Coxon, Latimer .."let their dogs loose"  on us in 2010

It's time to .... "Wake up" .... Eric


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



         





 
When will Tom Dugdale apologise [as LAC President on behalf of his members] for:

  • 'Ransoming' Ashcroft and sanctioning LAC profit whilst sacrificing public safety
  • Threatening to flood Ashcroft with LAC members ... if we didn't sell our Airfield
  • Endangering our public by allowing LAC a/c to fly 19'4" over our boundary road
  • Allowing LAC Rep to send us 1,500 legal documents ..to enforce unsafe LAC ops
  • Allowing his 'loose cannons' to  fraudulently impersonate the real LAC President.
  • Allowing his legal representatives to pervert the course of justice [flt safety issues]

E Mort: you like the prestige of being LAC Chairman but avoid the responsibilities that go with the job

 





LAC Committee didn't tell you that they ransomed Ashcroft [23.11.2010] .. how forgetful of them
 
The 'Latin speaking' representative of the Lancashire Aero Club has taken great pleasure in slicing up Ashcroft [since Dec 2010] like a hot knife through butter ... oh ... and just for good measure ... he has orchestrated  the release 1,500 legal documents.

He's currently being investigated for perverting the course of justice ..withholding flt safety documents
 

We note [with some interest] that "Mr Latin" has been 'strangely silent' regarding the LAC Chairman's aircraft accident at Kenyon Hall Farm Airstrip .. affecting public safety.
A clear case of .. "double standards" ... "no bona fides" ... and ... "no surprise"  

Ashcroft-NOLAC will be 'assisting' the LAC Chairman to complete his KHF AAIB report  
  




Like being ransomed? Taken for a ride. Shafted by shysters, then join 
Eric's Aero Club












Why .. was the Lancashire Aero Club 'ejected' from a Church Vestry ... AMEN

  





   

   

  
Pilots who want to join LAC (for cheap landings) should perhaps .. reconsider




Pilots who want to "Bang out" from the LAC and join 'Bona fide' pilots click here
   
 



E Mort's patronising comments on Susan Czerski's article in the Elevator

 
"Susan Czerski has sent one in for publication. The one aspect that I feel about this article is very much like the newspaper industry where sensationalism is to be applauded rather than just giving the facts"
  
Mort, suggest you re-read her article sounds like she's got her facts straight, have you?




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
 

  • City Airport: beware the bona fides of this belligerent bullshitting bunch

Lancashire Aero Club Rules (when will E Mort take action on public safety issues)

Eric Mort: It would be real peachy .. if you could stop your drunken members from phoning us




   
Eric Mort:
we will not be 'ransomed' on public safety issues by your Club..



LAC NB:
A premier London aviation lawyer [John Kimbell]
has these comments
 

"Having learned for example that the owners of the Aircraft [LAC 2 Ton Focke Wulf] were not using the Civil Flight Manual which is the only appropriate manual and were not carrying it on the Aircraft, it was it seems to me quite proper for the Defendants [Ashcroft] to prohibit the Aircraft from taking or landing off until this was remedied"


Aviation Lawyer [John Kimbell, Quadrant Chambers, London]: "You seem to me to have a strong case for having permission to serve further expert evidence. The tone and content of conclusions 4 & 5 in the report are extraordinary and sufficient in itself to call his entire report into question"



Ashcroft 'salutes' Michael Fabricant for having the brio to stand up for his beliefs
 






 

   
Morts Code Christmas S.O.S message 
.. new Committee members ignored ..
 

    
LAC can't accept they no longer run Barton.  Eric Mort refers to  our old Clubhouse 
 
Q. Why be a Member of the LAC?  asks Eric Isaac .. (there's a lot of Eric's in this Club)
A. For a £60 landing fee package (you get the same by being based at Barton .. but for free)







 


  

  

 
Lest we forget ... on this day .. [10 Dec 2014]  3 years ago [10 Dec 2011]

  • The Lancashire Aero Club gave Ashcroft a Christmas Eve deadline of litigation.
  • The LAC Committee had resigned en masse (even the Chairman had stepped down)

The LAC ... have subsequently sent Ashcroft Airfield 1449 legal documents ...



Lancashire Aero Club ... Comments from a LAC ex-Committee Member [Kate Howe}
 

.. You may be aware that the existing Committee became split some time ago.
.. The majority of the Committee have been in conflict with the remaining members
.. That has never been healed and we now find ourselves in a calamitous situation.
.. The Chairman is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the Club
.. We have nothing of substance to offer new members .. the membership is dwindling
.. The Club is now in a perilous position…  we are inert ... we may not have a future.
.. It will require an extraordinary and formidable Chairperson ....who has drive & energy
.. They [he] will need tenacity, vision and brio and must possess the leadership skills
.. It will require herculean efforts to save this Club
.. I do not know if the person who possesses these unique skills …. actually exists.
.. I fear that under the current malignant regime a successful outcome is not possible


Thinking of joining this 'Malignant Regime' ? .. they would love to recruit you



Forget the LAA Rally .. visit the Lancashire Aero Club 'Pegging out Party' . Click Here
  
500 residents want to 'peg down' Hercules & Co ... Ashcroft has 1449 reasons to offer support
    
  


      


  




   

              


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' (specialityBalloons! )
  
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 078(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



8. Civil Aviation Authority (UK) 
  
QUOTE .... Unlicensed aerodromes and private strips are often used by pilots and private owners. They may be more convenient or cheaper than licensed aerodromes; however, they do require special consideration. Approximately one third of GA Reportable Accidents in the UK occur during take-off or landing at unlicensed aerodromes .. 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'.
  
http://www.rapp.org/archives/2013/08/see-and-avoid/
  
"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"

   

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