Welcome to Ashcroft-NOLAC Airfield 28 Jan 2015 Click on RED
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LAC: If you 'damage' members of 'our Public' , your Club will be sued ...
Q. What do a Microlighter & Balloonist know about a 2T a/c using a 500m RW ending in a road ?
A. "Not a lot" ... why were these 2 people ever allowed to assess public safety issues ?
Ashcroft is reassured by the Chairman of the British Association of Aviation Consultants
BAAC Complaint  CofC 2.2 Para 9 "It is staggering that a BAAC 'professional' aviation consultant believes that it was 'appropriate' to send a personal email to the Defendants Solicitor [without copying it to the other party] which was clearly intended to demean her client [myself] just 4 days prior to releasing his [first of two] 'professional' reports"
A long overdue welcome .. to Tony Rapson and Rob Bishton, GA CAA
We'd be very grateful if the LAC could refrain from damaging our public in the meantime
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
In the interests of maintaining public safety [using our Airfield boundary road]
The following excerpt by a senior member of the Lancashire Aero Club is reproduced here
.. accompanied by a Statement of Truth 05 Oct 2012 [we all trust in the bona fides of the LAC]
"It is [my] understanding, having made extensive enquiries .... that as a matter of English Law the use of a Pilot's Operating Handbook in conducting private flying operations at an unlicensed aerodrome is QUOTE ... "voluntary" ... UNQUOTE
It is also [my] understanding having spoken directly to the CAA about the subject that the CAA advise, if a pilot wishes to use an airfield where there is an apparent conflict between the Airfield's dimensions and the QUOTE ..."recommendations" ... UNQUOTE in the Pilots Operating Handbook, that the pilot first rehearse his landing at an airfield of greater dimensions so as to confirm the aircraft capabilities"
The official CAA Policy on these matters is found in Safety Sense Leaflet 7c [Jan 2013]
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
Who was the CAA member that gave out this controversial advice ?
Was this CAA advice given by a pilot with a microlight background ?
Was this advice given without assessing all safety issues [ie: our road] ?
Is this advice transitory or is it new CAA policy ... a change to SSL7 ?
These are just some of the questions to be put to Andrew Haines in the Spring
'Malignant Regime' ........... 'laughed back into the dustbin of history'
Bottles of 'Chairman strength' BRIO and LAC Bullshit Detectors available O/R
We [+ neighbours] have been trolled, ransomed, endangered, vandalised .. thanks LAC
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)
Q. How many Lanchashire Aero Club members does it take to change a 'light bulb' ?
A. 200 members (after 999 Committee discussions) are required to 'prop up' any 'Eric'
LAC gate damage 30 July 2013 ....full payment received [Case settled 20.01.2015]
LAC even claimed that Ashcroft had 'changed the locks' to prevent access.. cobblers!
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
Public Safety update: If the Lancashire Aero Club continue with their reckless low flying at Ashcroft, then their 'activities' will be recorded by at least 5 high definition cameras (in the interests of public safety ... and ... based on substantial legal advice).
The Lancashire Aero Club seem willing to adopt an irresponsible attitude of flying aircraft over our public road well below 50ft in the 55,000 kgm/sec weight/speed category, whilst clearly ignoring the legal requirement to comply with ANO 5(3)a.
Meanwhile 99% of normal Ashcroft flights operate in the more acceptable 15,000 kgm/sec category and easily comply with CAA ANO regulations.
If we consider the risk to Public Safety to be unacceptable, then we will canvas public opinion & request an enquiry to be held at a high level (independent of any 'transitory' CAA opinions)
Andy Burnham has already critically commented on safety responses at another Airfield
In addition, we can ask any Constable to carry out a document check of any LAC pilots.
Everyone wants rules to be relaxed but not at the expense of increased risk to the 'uninvolved' / 'uninformed' ... [whatever the latest buzzword is] ... (our) general public.
Lancashire Aero Club ... don't endanger our general public ..!
UPDATE: The Lancashire Aero Club have .. Wonga'd .. Ashcroft for 4 yrs
(1) The LAC representative has sent us literally hundreds of inflammatory emails / letters ... and threats of financial loss ..... all we had to do was lower our safety standards, which would contradict established CAA policies on aircraft performance.
(2) The LAC's "Expert" report is in the process of being formally challenged (BAAC).
(3) The LAC want to base a 2 ton Focke Wulf at Ashcroft using Military performance data
(4) This Military perf data is unapproved for use for the LAC's aircraft. In the event of a fatality on our public road, then we will join our public in pursuing manslaughter charges.
(5) The LAC Focke Wulf has already ''landed long', crashing on Stretton Vehicle test track
(6) The LAC Chairman's 'head-in-the-sand' attitude, contradicts the role of any Chairman
His ... 'it's your problem' ... attitude was even criticised by a District Judge earlier this year.
(7) Despite a Court Order requiring a joint Expert to assess the LAC's aircraft, the Lancashire Aero Club 'short-circuited' Court proceedings on 28 Feb and appointed their own Expert, after 'high level' discussions (contrary to accepted legal practice).
(8) The LAC's expert appeared influenced by aspects outside the remit of the Court directions and subsequently had an apparent disregard for the safety of the general public, exercising their lawful right to use our road (which was our primary concern).
(9) We keep an open mind on the CAA's attitude to the risks to the general public but current CAA draft guidelines seem to be occasionally at odds with all established CAA safety documents. Despite this, the CAA have treated us with the utmost respect.
In the event of a LAC related fatal accident at Ashcroft, any 'transitory' CAA opinions will be compared with established CAA policies, Safety Sense Leaflets, AIC publications ..etc
1. Lancashire Aero Club (banned from Ashcroft until 2050 AD)
... Legal proceedings re: LAC gate damage to Ashcroft property now re-established
... Ashcroft working at a 'high level' with other disgruntled parties to ensure fair play
... Ashcroft establishing total digital vocal & video recording of LAC for legal reasons
2. Current Issues ... Public Safety
We welcome the CAA's new policy to ... "Develop and adopt an evidence and risk-based approach proportionate to the risk-appetite of participants while ensuring protection for uninformed third parties;"
Independent assessment of public safety standards iaw a Circuit Judge comments required.
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)
Hopefully this 'Expert' is insured against liability claims from the General Public since:
Incorrect Runway distances were used for Flight Manual performance calculations.
Safety data that he relied upon : ....
Was unapproved by the regulatory authority
Was unamended and 13 years out of date
Featured incorrect graphs with errors in excess of 200%
Had critical pages missing (including the amendment page)
Originated from a non-existent aviation company.
The 'Expert' had a 'light touch' when answering questions but a 'firm grip' on his £8k fee.
4. Large Aeroplanes (>5,700kg) / Private Aircraft
All pilots wishing to use Ashcroft Airfield should attempt to conform with the principles of "common-sense aircraft performance planning and normal airmanship" (which is 'highly recommended' and 'best practice' ...a benchmark of safe aircraft operations).
(a) Large Aerploanes (> 5,700kg MTOM) are obliged to comply with AFM performance
(b) Aircraft defined in the "Private" category can include a Boeing 737 or larger aircraft.
Any type of aircraft planning to use Ashcroft must be below 5,700kg MTOM and operate in a non-commercial category to comply with ICAO international aviation regulations.
Aircraft (between 1,200kg - 5,700kg MTOM) not using Ashcroft on the normal (telephone / email) PPR basis are assessed as 'high risk' to the general public using our road, (unless 'common sense aircraft performance planning' is observed)
In an attempt to adapt to the latest CAA policies regarding GA risk-based regulation, we will continue to assess risks to the uninvolved general public iaw recent CAA guidlines.
This offers a measure of protection to the general public exercising their lawful right to use our public road on our Eastern Airfield boundary and minimises any liabity issues by pilots not complying with UK & International Aviation Laws.
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"