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2024 Alderney Fly-in Programme

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2024 Alderney Fly-in, to be held from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th of September 2024. The highlights of this year’s Fly-in will be the usual Aviator’s BBQ and Gala Dinner but, working closely with Visit Alderney, we plan to give you the freedom to enjoy the wide range of activities the Island has to offer. We have also arranged a few special attractions, all of which we hope will make the 2024 Alderney Fly-in, one to remember. Click here for more information.

2024 Fly-in Advance Registration Form

Those who attended the 30th Annual Fly-in last September certainly enjoyed themselves, as clearly comes across in this short video in which pilots and their passengers talk about the 2023 Alderney Fly-in and what made it special for them.

Alderney Fly-in – 01-03 September 2023

Flight Lt. Colin Bell DFC celebrates his 103rd Birthday in style

Flight Lt. Colin Bell celebrates his 103rd Birthday at the RAF Club

On the 5th of March Flight Lt. Colin Bell DFC celebrated his 103rd birthday with a party for over 80 guests at the RAF Club in Piccadilly. By all reports, it was a splendid occasion, especially as Colin was in great form. The following day they showed a video about the history of the Mosquito which features Colin Bell and George Dunn who are probably the only living Mosquito pilots from WW2.

However, Colin’s favourite venue is the Petwood Hotel in Lincolnshire – probably because it was the home of 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron in World War II. On this Occassion, Colin Bell was flown to RAF Coningsby by Alderney Flying Club member, Martin Cundey. According to Martin, there were 16 guests in the ‘Dambusters Bar’ and a further 20 or so in the adjoining Dining Room. Guests included past and present Officers Commanding the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Air Vice Marshall Mark Flewin, who was the previous Commander of RAF Coningsby.

A flyby was arranged for 19:20 and, just as dusk fell, a Typhoon from RAF Coningsby scorched over the hotel at low level. Guests were uncertain as to what the locals may have thought about it but, according to Martin Cundey, they’re used to such things living in close proximity to the base.

Interestingly, Colin Bell has already booked the hotel for his 104th birthday party in 2025. As Martin Cundey put it, “That’s positive thinking for you!”

New online method for submitting General Aviation Reports (GARs)

The system is part of Border Force’s work to modernise and improve its customer service through the use of web-based technology.

The new online service means GAR information only needs to be submitted once to be received by Border Force and the police. It will also help reduce incorrect completion – addressing two long-term issues for the aviation community, Border Force and the police.

Following registration, pilots will be able to use the online system free of charge. The information will be sent safely and securely and pilots will receive a confirmation email with a unique reference number each time they successfully submit a GAR.

The system is available to everyone and can be accessed via the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association website or by downloading a new smartphone app available at Google Play.

Eventually, it is anticipated that Border Force and the police will only accept aviation reports from approved systems. In the meantime, reports can continue to be submitted by email or fax.

More information can be found on the Gov.UK website.

Two exclusive offers for GA pilots from the Alderney Flying Club in conjunction with…

Alderney’s Unique Boutique Hotel

Blonde Hedgehog ‘Fly-overs’

Blonde Hedgehog ‘Fly-overs’ are an exclusive offer from the Alderney Flying Club for a small group of GA Pilots and their friends to spend a day on the beautiful Island of Alderney and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Blonde Hedgehog Boutique Hotel. More information

Blonde Hedgehog ‘Stay-overs’

Blonde Hedgehog ‘Stay-overs’ are an exclusive offer from the Alderney Flying Club on behalf of the Blond Hedgehog, for GA pilots and their partners to fly over to Alderney and spend a night at the unique Blonde Hedgehog Boutique Hotel from just £125 per night in a double room with continental breakfast. More information

About Us

The Alderney Flying Club was founded to promote General Aviation in the Channel Islands with a particular focus on Alderney, the most northerly of the Channel Islands. Our position 8 miles off the Normandy coast makes us an ideal pilots destination either as a stopover or to stay for a few days, or even make your home here. Alderney airfield was the first airfield to be developed in the islands in 1935 and remains the only airfield in the region with three runways, which come in very handy for the GA community flying here because we do have a bit of wind at times. The small size of the island means that the many attractions we offer, from Gannets and puffins to the best preserved small Roman Fort in the UK, are all within easy walking or cycling distance. We also have hire cars and Taxis and our own railway, the later operating weekends and bank holidays throughout the spring and summer.

From a pilot’s viewpoint EGJA had the first GPS (now RNP) approach certified in the UK and with the recent changes post Brexit we will be one of only three airfields in the UK to retain that facility, along with our neighbours in Guernsey and Jersey.

Our most popular event is the Fly-In which has been held in June annually for around 25 years. At its peak in the 1970’s the Fly-In attracted over a hundred planes. These days, numbers are usually nearer fifty but we still aim to put on a programme that will help visiting pilots and their passengers explore Alderney’s heritage, appreciate its flora and fauna, and enjoy themselves. Read a report on the 2023 Alderney Fly-in here.