Fishburn News 2017

Airfield information

Fishburn Airfield on Facebook , there is also a Fishburn Aero Club website and although it does not appear to be current it has some interesting photographs of Fishburn in ye olden days ! . Link here ; .

The Aviator Café on Facebook , the All Day Breakfast for a fiver is recommended as is the corned beef pie with chips or potatoes and veg for £4-50 !

GA Livery and on Facebook ;

The Fishburn Historic Aviation Centre

The Aircraft Restoration Group is led by Mike Eastman and they hope to establish the Fishburn Historic Aviation Centre and build three hangars to house their aircraft collection . All enquiries and offers of help or support in cash or kind to Mike at ; .

Both the Dove and Venom arrived on the 2 February 2016 and are on loan from the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney with the Primary glider being acquired from the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum in 2015 and arriving at Fishburn in late February 2016 . The ARG have several other aircraft which are currently in store elsewhere and will not be moved to Fishburn until the hangar(s) are erected to provide some protection from the weather . These include Flea G-ADRZ , the unique Thurston Tawney Owl G-APWU , Spitfire FSM BR954/JP-A , Sea Vampire T22 XG743/BY/798 and an as yet unidentified Oxford Mk1 ! The group website is currently under re-build but like most groups these days they also have a Facebook page ; .


Fishburn News 12 March 2017 David Thompson

Surprisingly not very busy airside given the decent weather but the car park was full as was the Aviator Café which really seems to have taken off with both the residents and passing public , many of who are now regulars and on first name terms with the owner Mags Bain . I missed earlier visitors Eurostar G-CCEJ from Bagby and regular Pioneer 300 G-EWES which had flown down from Ewesley Park near Morpeth but saw Flight Design CTSE G-CESW which also came in from Bagby . The ARG Eton is now complete and looks resplendent in it’s guise as WP266 and shares the hangar with an engineless Minimax ‘YS and Jabiru ‘VN being readied for sale . The PTT C152 ‘WY has been here for a few weeks now and could well become the future G-PTTC , having already had some paintwork preparation work done ? Hopefully more on this and GAL next time ?

Fishburn News 3 March 2017 David Thompson

White rabbits , white rabbits or if you are Welsh and reading this , a belated St Davids Day !

Either way it had been a good flying morning but by the time I arrived at lunchtime the clouds had arrived and it was raining to the south over Teesside but that didn’t stop the Fishburn aviators from flying with Bill taking his Europa off to Breighton and Brent and Ray flying locally to get some air under their wings . With the recent poor weather there hadn’t been much air flowing under many wings of late with both Bagby and Peterlee airfields closing their runways due to waterlogging although Peterlee were advising that their 7 metre tarmac runway , that’s width and not length , was still open but only to experienced pilots !

 Having just mentioned the water-logged runways a new temporary resident arrived from Bagby in the shape of F150M G-FFEN which had managed to un-stick from the mud there but on inspection after landing had most of the Bagby runway splattered under it’s wings ! Owned by Danny Abel , this is one of two new residents he hopes to lease out and will be available to ‘hours builders’ like Simon who brought ‘EN in today . The other aircraft could well be PA-28 G-BDGM which tried to get into Fishburn two days later on the 3rd but had to return to Teesside due to poor weather with PA-38 G-BGGM acting as the crew ferry . Another new resident arrived today , or rather pieces of it did , in the shape of Meta Sokol L40 G-APUE which is being moved by road from it’s present base at Felixkirk .  The L-40 Meta Sokol was a Czech sports and touring four-seat single-engine low-wing aircraft of the late 1950s with this example first appearing on the British register in June 1959 and it went through the hands of several owners before it’s CoA finally expired in 2015 whilst North Yorkshire based and were I saw it last at Felixkirk on the 11 August 2012 sharing a hangar with Pup G-AXPC , Acrosport 2 G-CCFX and Rans S6 Super Six G-RDNS . Interestingly the same owners are also recorded as having another L40 , G-APVU , whose first British owner was William Roberts of Strathallan Castle and who later established the aircraft collection and museum of the same name . This second L40 was withdrawn from permanent use in 1989 and purchased by the owners of ‘AU in 1993 , presumably as a spares source and it would be interesting to know if the airframe still survives today ? Time will tell !

Back at the clubhouse the Aviator Café appears to go from strength to strength with the all day breakfast now being seemingly pushed into second place by the corned beef pie , other menu items are also available , and a quiet corner has been created were the office once was . The café Facebook page has details of it’s menu and opening times and is to be recommended ; . Outside , the clubhouse decking area has been extended with the addition of a new path with more improvements to follow as time allows .The updated airfield Facebook page is here ; .                  

Fishburn News 22 January 2017 David Thompson

A cold crisp winters day saw some local flying taking place and some maintenance activity in the hangars which included a first showing of new resident Jabiru G-CBOP which is owned by Eric Bentley who seems to acquire new aircraft like President Trump signs Executive Orders ! Another recently arrived Jab G-CDLS was having a new oil cooler fitted whilst Aerobat

G-KOVU makes steady progress with it’s new avionics kit .

After some research into the construction and identities of the original EoN Primary gliders it appears that although the museum Primary could possibly be BGA1461/CDN which arrived from Flixton last April it’s true identity may never be known with WP266 , WP271 and BGA2493 all now being touted as possible identities ?

Fishburn News 11 January 2017 David Thompson

This was my Fishburn 2017 ‘first foot’ and understandably given both the time of year and the weather , things were very quiet on the aviation front ! Not so however in the clubhouse were Café 26 has metamorphasised into The Aviator Café with Margaret Bain , known to one and all as ‘Mags’ , at the helm and hoping to reintroduce a normal service as soon as possible , in fact as soon as the new café furniture arrives ! Basic hot and cold snacks are already back on the menu and themed meals starting with a Burns Night dinner on the 25th will follow as soon as the kitchen is fully up and running . All future events and news from the Aviators Café can be found on it’s dedicated Facebook page here ;  and a reminder that the new Fishburn Airfield Facebook page is also up and running ; .

Team GA Livery were busy with their second PTT Cessna G-WACT which arrived from Teesside yesterday after making the short hop down from Newcastle on the 9th and it is already down to a bare white finish ready for it’s new corporate colour scheme to match G-PTTA . The RV has been stripped right back to a bare metal finish ready for priming and G-AWOT is still waiting for the return of its engine so that it can depart up to Eshott to join the rest of the RS/Purple Aviation fleet .