Buchan Aero Club host Fly-In and Open Day

Buchan Aero Club at Longside Airfield hosted their Summer Fly-In and Open Day on Saturday, September 14, with a record attendance.

26 visiting aircraft flew in from airfields all over Scotland, from Strathaven near Motherwell to Inverness and many airfields in between.

Buchan Aero Club

Buchan Aero Club

Longside Airfield has the only tarmac runway in the North-east of Scotland apart from Aberdeen and Inverness, making it an attractive stopover point for light aircraft touring the area.

The visiting aircraft on Saturday ranged from modern Microlights to vintage aircraft, with the aircraft parking area nearly full to capacity.

Radio operator, David Jones, was kept very busy guiding the aircraft in safely and the barbecue was in full swing all day.

The Air Training Corps cadets from Fraserburgh 1383 Squadron attended the event and were extremely helpful with various duties, including aircraft marshalling when the aircraft taxied into the parking area. They were immaculately 
turned out and were a credit to the ATC.

Radio operator, David Jones, guiding the aircraft in

Radio operator, David Jones, guiding the aircraft in

Club member, councillor Fergus Hood, commented : “ This is exactly why we need to preserve Longside, as the home of General Aviation in the North-east.”

Flight training has recently started again at the airfield for Microlights with an instructor at hand and a dedicated training aircraft, with the intention to start training on larger aircraft before the end of the year.

People wishing to find out more about what Buchan Aero Club and Longside Airfield have to offer can visit www.buchanaeroclub.co.uk for further information.