About Us

The Lapwing Flying Group Ltd was first formed in 1965 and is now enjoying it's 49th year of continuous operation. It is a small group of very friendly, informal, dedicated aviators who come from a wide range of different backgrounds and many levels of flying experience ranging from an Airline pilot to basic student, but we all share a love of flying.

Location

The Group currently operates from a small clubhouse at Denham airfield (EGLD) just north of the much larger London Heathrow.

Aircraft

Our mount is G-JAMP, which is a Piper PA 28 151 Warrior acquired in May 2003 and has since given the club many hours of trusty service. The aircraft is maintained to a very high standard and in accordance with the full EASA maintenance schedule. Regular checks are completed every 50 hours and a full Annual every autumn. In September 2011, the Warrior had a new red and blue paint scheme applied and in June 2012, a new zero houred Lycoming O-320-E3D engine was installed. From it's initial creation in the mid 60's, the Group has operated and owned a wide range of very different aircraft including a Terrier, Victa Airtourer, Beagle Pup 2, SOCATA Rallye 150ST and a PA 28 161 Warrior prior to purchasing G-JAMP.

Membership

There are around 20 full members in the Group at present, many of which have learnt to fly with Lapwing and our current CFI, Tony Smith, is available on Saturdays to teach basic PPL, IMC, Night and all ground exams and during week days with prior arrangement. Our other instructor, Richard Eaton, is available on Sunday mornings for PPL instruction and PPL checkouts. The PPL's also fly the aircraft during the other days of the week and summer evenings.

The managing committee are all volunteers drawn from the membership and look after the main operational functions including aircraft booking, membership, social activities, secretarial, accounts/finance and ensuring that the aircraft is properly maintained.

Our membership was originally mainly drawn from employees of the British Airports Authority (pre privatisation days) but is now open (subject to availability) on a restricted basis from those working in the aviation industry.

Contact

All initial enquiries should be directed to Howard Winter (Membership Secretary), or Martin Bowley (Secretary).