Welcome to Fly Llanbedr
25th May 2018. Included below, is our latest Fly Llanbedr newsletter
We've recently added a 'Photos' page, with some contributions from visitors.
Fly Llanbedr newsletter
This is probably our last newsletter, unfortunately.
Why we are producing the newsletter
We are reviewing our mailing list in relation to the new GDPR rules.
As we did not ask for explicit consent to contact you (we asked people to opt out, rather than to opt in) we can only use people’s contact details where there is, or has been a business relationship. If you want us to retain your details for possible future contact, simply reply to this email.
Why would you want to do that? For example, we may be asked to pass on information about new airfield activities, or new flying opportunities.
Why we closed
In 2016, our instructor said he’d put together a group to make a bid for a replacement air training organisation. Without his support, we could not continue, particularly as having two companies competing for the limited amount of business would have made both non-viable, so we negotiated the termination of our lease and closure of our café. As it turns out, that venture did not get off the ground (literally), so the training and air experience flights have ceased from Llanbedr airfield. That’s a pity, as it was great fun and brought a lot of visitors to the area.
Having said that, we will look back on the time with fond memories. We received lots of positive messages when we were there, along with lots of photographs from pilots and air experience passengers alike.
If you have any pictures you want to share, let us have them (via email), and we’ll select the most interesting to put on our web site, which we will keep open for a couple of years to allow people to remember their experiences. Please include captions or explanations to accompany them.
We’d like to offer our thanks to all those who helped with the company over the years, with some particular mentions below. If we’ve missed you or someone you know, then “sorry”, but drop us a line and we will correct this on our web site.
A regular helper, airfield historian, and decorator, Ian Bache, was always ready to help and to impart and enlarge his knowledge. Without him, our premises would have not been as attractive, and many of our weekend operations would have had to be curtailed.
Our company administrator, Cerian was a reliable and willing member of staff, who always promoted the company and went out of her way to help get things done, so thanks are due to her.
When our café was open, we managed to get a good reputation for its quality. Steph Woods and Jane Davies were the most prominent people here, with numerous temporary helpers, so big thanks are due here.
Regular gate-keepers and general helpers Brian Gowland and Gwynli Jones made a big difference to the weekends too; Brian is also hoping to start (or has started) a new social group.
An early visitor, Leia Fee, produced a great article for Flyer magazine, promoting the beauty of flying around Wales, and giving a good write-up of Llanbedr as a GA (general aviation) destination. Hopefully it will become so again in the future.
We also enjoyed several guest speakers, including topics such as life as an airline pilot, or simply showing amazing photographs. Thanks to them too.
There were also countless friends, families and local people who helped turn the building into its current state, so thanks to them too - you know who you are.
Our students and those taking air experience flights were the reason for existing - thanks to all of you too.
And last for this list, but not least, is Jason Coleman, who was a fantastic help in ensuring the airfield was open as much as practical, ensuring fuel was available, and generally helping us and visiting pilots who needed assistance.
So whilst it’s a shame that this may be our last newsletter, we achieved our aim of opening up Llanbedr to GA, whilst having a great time, and hope that sometime in the future, another quality operation replaces us.
For those interested in our planes, the Cessna G-ATNL is flying in Ireland, and Piper G-DLTR has returned to Biggin Hill, coincidentally in the hanger next to where it spent much of its early life.
Please let us know if you want to remain on our mailing list - it will never be sold!
Thanks and best wishes to all,
IMPORTANT NOTE TO THOSE CONSIDERING BUYING DRONES.
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Back to the story...
Fly LLanbedr's mission was to generate a General Aviation (GA) presence at the airfield. That goal was achieved, attracting plenty of visitors to the area, along with special events such as the Red Bull hangar stunt and a recent round of a UK air race. Exciting stuff!
Our main focus was to provide flight training, aircraft rental, and enjoyable air experience flights. This too, was achieved, as can be seen by the very positive reviews we get on our Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/FlyLlanbedr.
Beyond this, we wanted to develop the airfield as a venue, and to an extent, we have achieved that too. We took a well worn office building, and transformed it to provide a comfortable viewport onto the airfield. Our thanks go to the volunteers who helped us achieve such a transformation. This building became our café and hosted several very interesting social events organised by the social club.
As well as formal flight training, licensed pilots could rent our aircraft, and their own aircraft could be stabled here.
Our air experience flights, which gave you an opportunity to experience Snowdonia from the air, whilst taking control of our aircraft were very popular. Many people booked for their own enjoyment or as presents for others.
Running an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), providing a comprehensive suite of on-site PPL (Private Pilot's Licence) and LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot's Licence) training facilities to such a seasonal customer base with non-seasonal fixed costs proved too much of a financial strain, and so we have suspended flight training from Llanbedr. Our ATO has now been moved to Blackpool, so a different set of local experiences and views are now available - see www.flightpathblackpool.co.uk.
Our aircraft temporarily moved to Halfpenny Green, near Wolverhampton, where it was used by FlightPath Flying Club (www.flightpathuk.co.uk) to do the same job as it was doing at Llanbedr. It has now been sold, and they are using other similar aircraft.
Please keep looking at our web site for updates.