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BMAA Safety Promotion Day Report

BMAA Safety Promotion Day Report

The first BMAA Safety Day a success

Around eighty people attended during first BMAA Safety Day on Saturday 17th April 2010. Many flew into the event which was held at the Aviator Hotel at Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton on a beautiful flying day with just the hint of the threat of volcanic ash!

There has been a good response to the content of the day and few "tweaks" will be implemented to improve things further for the next event. Despite near perfect flying conditions, most visitors stayed for the full four hours(!) and listened to presentations on a variety of flight safety topics including BMAA current safety issues, the dangers of flight in IMC, the work of GASCo and the CAA GA view on microlight safety.

After a short lunch break, we learned about the problems connected with converting to different microlight types, practical navigation including the use of GPS and airspace infringements. The day concluded with NATS giving away an "Aware" GPS unit in a free draw. Throughout the proceedings, The Royal Institute for Navigation were on hand with a display to challenge and inform pilots. Feedback on the day was very positive and many pilots left with their log books duly stamped to mark the occasion.

Look out for the next BMAA Safety Day somewhere else in the country later in the year.

Kim Taylor

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