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