Over 70 pilots and student pilots attended a Safety Evening at the Kegworth Whitehouse Hotel on Friday, 11th January. The evening had been organised by Donair Flying Club and attracted pilots from not only East Midlands Airport but also from Tatenhill, Netherthorpe and Coventry.
The presentation was given by Nils Jamieson from the General Aviation Safety Council (GASCo) and focused on Pilot Awareness: light aircraft cockpit management, pilot skills, weather and pre-flight planning, performance limitations, take-off, en-route flying and landing. Mr Jamieson flies for a commercial airline for a living and, in his own words, "anything I can get my hands on" in his spare time and this experience and obvious enthusiasm for all things aviation made for a very thought provoking and interesting evening.
The evening concluded with a raffle with prizes kindly donated by East Midlands Airport, Pooley's Flight Equipment and Airplan Flight Equipment. There was an auction of a limited edition print "Spitfire Solstice" signed by the artist, Mark Postlethwaite and donated by Rolls-Royce PLC which realised £70 making a total of £242 raised on behalf of Rainbow's Hospice in Loughborough.