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North Western Strut
of the
Light Aircraft Association

Welcome to the Home Page of North Western Strut of the LAC


Next Strut Meeting


6.30 for 7.00

14th June 2022




David Gray


David’s interest in aviation started in the early 60’s, living close to Manchester Airport he would spend many hours at the airport with his friends.


Dave learnt to fly at Sywell in 1975 and became a member of LAC in the late 70’s, owing a share in a plane based at Barton. In 1980 Dave bought a Jodel Mascaret D150 from La Rochelle which was based at Barton for many years. In 1988, 1990 and 1993 he was awarded the PFA rally award, The Wilkinson Sword, for the best Jodel. David travelled extensively around the UK and Europe, attending many rallies over the years.


David also took part in the Dawn to Dusk event in 1981, coming second and was also presented with a special award medal from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


David always had an interest in Miles aircraft and purchased the Miles Gemini

 G-AKKB in August 2010. Dave was delighted to bring the Gemini back to Barton, where it was originally owned by Fred Dunkerley, a fellow Lancashire Aero Club member. The Gemini moved to Keenair at Liverpool before moving to his hangar at Sleap in 2019.


The Gemini was invited to participate in the 75th anniversary celebrations at Manchester Airport in 2013 as part of a display of vintage aircraft.


David was honoured to be invited to undertake a flypast over St George’s Hall, Cenotaph, Liverpool on November 2014 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of WW1.


Next Meeting

!!Back to Second Tuesday !!

Tuesday 10th May 2022

Film Show orTalk TBA

VG Lounge (check VG grill) at 7:30 pm



See Strut News for Booking Details









Don't forget to read The Strut News


New Exciting 2022 Events

Check 'What's On new Program Soon'


(All LAC Members are welcome as well)


Meeting normally at The Veteran's Lounge, Barton






Blackpool Video
Apparently some pilots have been confusing Warton with Blackpool in recent months so they have come up with a video to help


What's New

We are pleased to announce that the subscription for this year will remain at the rate of £20.00 per person. 

Please pay the Membership Secretary, Kevin Nestor, at the next Strut night or send your payment

A big thanks to Alistair spending for all the time he has spent running this web site.

 I've been asked to take over so I would welcome any suggestions - Peter



Building an Air Villa - Spring & Summer 2015 Update
I've been getting on with the railings and bathroom, I've retired now so hopefully I can get on a bit faster.


The Light Aircraft Association is a non-profit making organisation open to anyone interested in aviation. The aims of the Association are to get the would be aviator into the air as cheaply as possible and to promote the design and construction of Ultra-light and Microlight aircraft.

The LAA works in close harmony with the Civil Aviation Authority providing unparalleled service to the operators of Special Category Certificates of Airworthiness aircraft. The LAA has Parliamentary approval to recommend or restrict the issue of such certificates, a privilege and responsibility of which it is justifiably proud.

The North Western Strut is a regional branch of the Light Aircraft Association and provides social evenings where the talk is of flying, building and restoring. Guest speakers appear, films are shown, ‘aeronautical bits and pieces’ exchanged, plans and technicalities are discussed
. In addition a newsletter of special interest to LAA members in the Northwest is published every month.

The Strut is organised as a self supporting club within the LAA organisation and elects its own officers at its AGM each February. A small subscription is charged to cover the cost of the newsletter, its postage, and other costs - this is in addition to the cost of membership to the LAA

If you are thinking of building, (or buying), flying and maintaining a simple small aircraft yourself under the Special Category of C. of A. does it not make sense to make contact with those of like mind?. You could join with others to run and fly an ultra-light plane as a group. Again the Strut is there to help. There’s a wealth of knowledge and experience in our ranks which is yours for the asking. Come and join us, you will be more than welcome.

The North Western Strut does not give flying instruction for student pilots, but can supply information about which schools and flying clubs within its general area provide this facility.

Further details of the North Western Strut of the Light Aircraft Association may be had from the Strut contact as listed below.

Contact: Cliff Mort (The Strut Coordinator, email
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