Information from the CAA (and elsewhere!)

Version 4 of the Skyway Code is now available here.

The key updates to this version are:

  • Key retained EU law for aviation.
  • Updates to aeronautical information, including UK Flight Information Service (FIS) frequencies and Frequency Monitoring Codes.
  • Updated operational guidance, including fuel management and crossing controlled airspace.

    The CAA have published a new Safety Sense Leaflet 32 providing guidance on reporting safety occurrences in GA operations in GA and related activity.

    Read it to make sure you understand when occurrence reporting is mandatory; even when not, you are encouraged to do so. Accidents and serious incidents must be reported to the AAIB.


Our November meeting will be a presentation from Keith Vinning of PilotAware on advances in electronic conspicuity interoperability. All welcome – let your flying friends know: BAWA 19:30 Tuesday November 7.

Gasco Safety Evening

Another of the excellent Gasco safety evenings has been arranged for the 3rd October 2023 at the Bawa Club in Filton. Further details to be advised but all are welcome.

April 2023 Strut Meeting – “How the Hell did that happen?”

We will be enjoying listening to Jeremy Liber talking about his flying experiences, leading from a PPL to becoming a fully paid-up Hurricane pilot! Without wanting to eat all of Jeremy’s sandwiches, I can tell you that he learnt to fly on Tiger Moths at Cambridge, runs an aerospace consultancy specialising in design and certification, and has well over 2000 hrs in a very wide range of aircraft types.

To find out more, come along to BAWA Room 4, 19:30, 4th April.

February Strut Meeting – Guinness World Record

On Tuesday 7th February we will hear how in 2020, Fiona and Angus Macaskill achieved the Guinness World Record for the number of airfields visited in 12 hours. 

We will gather at BAWA in Room 4 at 19:30 and the talk will start at 19:45.
The bar will be open so do charge your glasses and support the venue.

Important – Future Direction of the Strut

The January meeting will primarily review the excellent feedback from members as to the future direction of the Strut and consider the proposals shared by the Chairman in his December email.

The meeting will be held on Zoom, Tuesday 17th January – in order to include as many members as possible in the discussion – and an invitation will be sent out very soon.

December Strut Meeting – Informal Meal!

Next months meeting on Tuesday the 6th December will be an informal meal and get together at a pub in Henleaze. For further details and information, and to confirm your attendance, please email Neville at

We look forward to seeing you there.

Bristol Aero Talks

Bristol Aero Talks are resuming their talks programme:. 

Our first talk will look at an exciting project by ZeroAvia to permit zero-emmision aviation through the use of green hydrogen.  Gabriele Teofili (Head of Aircraft Integration and Testing) and Ben Gladston (Lead Recruitment Specialist) will provide us with a review of ZeroAvia’s activities and future plans.  This talk will be held at 7:15 pm on Thursday October 20th at Aerospace Bristol in the Making Studio.  

There is no charge for the meeting but a voluntary donation (£2 has been suggested in the past) would be welcomed to cover expenses. for more information.

AGM September 2022

We start our new season of Strut activities with the AGM on 6th September, at 19:45 in BAWA Room 4. Members should by now have received the calling notice and Agenda.

As usual we will try to keep essential business short, and then hear about what you have been doing over the summer.

For the following meeting on October 4th, our own Chris Wright, Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s General Aviation Group will tell us about the Group’s activities.

Following last year’s successful (apart from the result!) skittles match against the Bristol Aero Club, we have arranged another booking at BAWA for Saturday 19 November.

And lastly, for the moment, we hope to have a Saturday morning visit (date to be announced) to Retro Track & Air at Dursley.

April 2022 Meeting – General Update

We don’t have a guest speaker this month, but plan a general chat
evening with a few subjects of local importance or interest:

  • Update on LAA from Strut Chairmen meeting
  • Several airspace change proposals under way and likely to impact
    flying in our area
  • Electronic conspicuity – again
  • Several film/video clips – racing in the 50’s and strip flying
  • Anything else you would like to raise!

    The meeting will take place at 19:30,
    BAWA, Room 4, 589 Southmead Road, Filton BS34 7RG.