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Events History - 2020

Details of 2020 Star Events

Members taking part in these events on the specified day or days in the briefing, will be awarded a star which is displayed alongside their flight record in the Members List

January - Engines Out!

We planned a simple flight from Clacton to Norwich and back, but climbed to 10,500ft to test the aircraft's performance ceiling. So there you were at 10,500ft overhead the Norwich NDB (NWI) en route back to Clacton when BAM!!! The engine failed catastrophically. There were several airfields not far away, so members had to choose which one to land at. To win a small competition, it had to be the one furthest away from Norwich! Here is the Briefing Document.

February - Birthday Bash - Short South India Tour

This was a short Tour of some of the famous Southern & Western Indian areas like Cochin, Chennai (Madras), Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Bangalore (all with a bit of history from the Portuguese, Dutch and the British Raj days, explained in the briefing, ). Here is the Briefing Document.

March - Mels Mad Monday March Mayhem

This event was a salute to Mel Kirk, who designed the first 'Mel's Mad Monday'. We were tasked with taking our favourite Gold Cup jockey from Gloucestershire (EGBJ) into the temporary airfield used for the Cheltenham Gold Cup (EGBC). Helicopters were strongly recommended, and everyone who took part agreed. As a pre-event flight, members flew into Gloucestershire from various points around the British Isles. Here is the Briefing Document.

April - Another Tour of Extreme Airfields

This year’s event took in five countries combining the beautiful Bavarian Alps, a complicated approach, landing and subsequent departure at Innsbruck (LOWI), a visit to Switzerland’s highest airport Samedan (LSZS) with difficult winds; before finally landing at a very difficult almost unheard of private airfield in Italy called Locher. Here is the Briefing Document.

May - Fly Ball

Neville Munro adapted a Real World flying competition for the Club's simulator pilots. Called a "Fly-ball", it is an event s in which pilots fly to as many participating airfields as they can, and collect fly-balls, each of which is numbered. When they land, each participating airfield gives the pilot the highest numbered (scoring) Fly-Ball they have left after other pilots have landed earlier and taken theirs. Here is the Briefing Document.

June - Senior Pilot

Our most senior member celebrated his 100th birthday on 7th June. We celebrated by making a 100 nautical mile tour ending at Woodvale (EGOW), the airfield where he learned to fly in the 1960s. Here is the Briefing Document.

July - Oshkosh 2020

There was no Oshkosh Rally this year in the real world because of the coronavirus pandemic   We still held a virtual Oshkosh! Members mostly flew warbirds to this world famous event. Here is the Briefing Document.

August - Take Up Slack - All Out!

Our New CFI, Max's Challenge was to take off from Gloucestershire Staverton (EGBJ) from runway 27 in one of the default gliders, depending on which simulator members used, taking an aero-tow to an altitude such that they calculated they could then glide to RAF Fairford (EGVA). It was a fun challenge, and a number of members succeeded. Here is the Briefing Document.

September - Biggles à la Côtes du Rhône

Our resident Captain W.E.Johns plagiariser composed another Biggles-based story to entertain us and provide a challenging event flying along the River Rhône in Switzerland starting at dusk and ending in the dark. Here is the Briefing Document.

October - Orkney Air Freight

We were given a contract by Deliveroo to deliver ready meals to hungry customers in the nations most northerly region. Here is the Briefing Document.

November - Club Display event

2-4-CIX and the virtual Battle of Britain Memorial Flight once again strutted their stuff with fly-pasts and spectacular aerobatic formations. This year our display was held at Clacton, with a display line along the beach front. Here is the Briefing Document.

December - Christmas Caper

December saw our usual month long tour of somewhere scenic and interesting. This year we were on a mission to spread the word about this amazing virtual Flying Club, and carry out some personnel and goods delivery sorties in the mountains of Idaho, USA. Here is the Briefing Document.