Thursday 20th October

Kings Head, Lisburn Road, Balmoral.  Belfast

We had a good turnout on the night and everyone enjoyed the following programme:

7 pm The new UHPC LOA's for Belfast TMA Class 'D' airspace,  an explanation followed by a Q&A session. Mark Piggott's excellent presentation was a very comprehensive story of how the airspace changes that affect some of our sites came about and what they mean for UHPC members. Mark had put in around a year of work dealing with the various officials to secure the best outcome for us.

The bottom line is that the Letters of Agreement in relation to the sites are legal documents and their conditions apply to all members of the UHPC, so anyone entering Class D airspace without getting clearance from Aldergrove ATC is breaking the law. Please scroll down this page for details of the procedures.

 B R E A K

 8pm  Norman Surplus around the world Autogyro adventure - part 2.  Norman gave an illustrated re-cap of Part 1 from NI to Japan and then onwards across the Pacific, America, the North Atlantic and back to Sandy Bay, Larne. He was happy to answer questions as he went along and had many stories of his adventures along the way. See also

Norman and Roxy
He finished up with a six minute video showing some of the flying and scenery encountered. He was more than happy to stay on afterwards for a chat and to answer more questions and he had more interesting and entertaining stories of his travels to tell. Norman is currently writing a book of his round the world attempt. It will be well worth waiting for.

Since Norman is a survivor of advanced stage bowel cancer, he decided that all funds raised and donations received in connection with this epic marathon adventure would be directed to Bowel Cancer UK. Donations by individual members were made on the night. Further donations to this important cause can be made here -