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Prestwick Safety Day a success

BMAA Safety Day at Prestwick Airport a success!

BMAA held a Safety Day at Prestwick Airport on 14 May to promote flight safety and also to encourage air space users to ‘get talking’. Hosted at the nearby NATS centre, visitors were able to see the live ATC centre and get a feel for what help and safety information an ATC can offer pilots.

Despite the poor weather, one hardy pilot successfully flew in from Oxford and a further 25 members attended the day, enjoying a variety of presentations as well as lunch – so much so that they didn’t want to go home and stayed until after 1800! The speakers included:

  • Kim Taylor, BMAA Safety Officer
  • Jonathan Smith, NATS Infringements Lead – including AWARE & Skydemon
  • Steve Woolfe – RAF and the military perspective
  • Colin MacKinnon – the impact of a hangar fire at Strathaven
  • Paul Aspin, NATS – encouraging the use of ‘Scottish Information’

The day was made possible thanks to the hard work of many people, including volunteers to help with operational arrangements. Special thanks go to Prestwick SATCO Jim Wylie for removing the restriction for the day on microlights flying into Prestwick and, in particular, to BMAA Safety Officer Kim Taylor whose drive and enthusiasm ensured yet another successful event. Well done to all involved!

The event was even reported on BBC Scotland’s news website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-13390617

Many congratulations to all. Watch this space for the next Safety Day and, in the meantime, get talking to your ATC!

Rob Hughes

BMAA Chairman

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The feedback from members who attended the day was very positive:

“We all enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere during the day”

“Overall a very useful and informative day. It goes without saying we all enjoyed your hospitality.”

“Useful, to my own peace of mind and continued development”

“All the presentations were excellent”

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