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From our 2017 AGM
For the last 4 years we have divided the raffle proceeds between 2 good causes and thanks to your great support of our monthly raffles we were able to give on average over 500 to each one per year. We have supported one specifically for young people and one that benefits people of all ages. Last year we took the decision to change our adult charity to fly2help. This will continue for the coming year. The young peoples` charity has been the 1st South Bersted Air Scouts for the past 4 years. Hopefully we have helped give a number of Air Scout Cubs & Air Scouts enthusiasm for aviation. The Team this year propose that we target a geographically wider audience of youngsters and more specifically aviation orientated. In conjunction with Southdown Gliding Club we propose to help fund young people to experience the joy of flying. They have a Junior section and have been supportive to us in the past. This will enable young people to get airborne, who might not be able to afford it. There were no questions and a show of hands by members voted for fly2help and the new gliding idea.

fly2help "uses the power of flight to help people change their lives"
Everything looks better from above the clouds where skies are blue. Leaving our worries on the ground gives us the freedom to look at the world from a fresh perspective.
fly2help is an aviation charity dedicated to raising the spirits of people, young and old, living in difficult personal situations and inspiring young people as they consider their future lives. Founded by pilots, our Air Smiles Days and Aim High education programme take everything that is exhilarating about flying and uses it to do something extraordinary. Fly2help keeps donations locally - so the money AirACES donates will likely be used for flights from Goodwood.

Other Sussex & Hants Aviation Societies

There are a surprising number of activities for aviation enthusiasts in the West Sussex area. As you know AirACES talks are held in the Chichester Park Hotel just south of Goodwood aerodrome on the 4th Monday of the month. So here goes with a few links to other nearby independant organisations, similar to ourselves, which arrange talks and outings which may interest our AirACES members.

Bishop's Waltham Aviation Group BWAG
BWAG are a non-profit group of aviation enthusiasts for whom a series of monthly talks of aviation interest and occasional visits are arranged. The group meet in The Stables Parish Centre, Bishop's Waltham, Hants. Check their website for details of their talks.
Gosport Aviation Society
The society is heavily involved with researching the local flying history of the Gosport area, including but by no means only the Gosport Aircraft Company.. They hold monthly meetings and arrange talks and trips.
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society
If the AirACES talks in Chichester are too far for you to travel to, or you need to attend even more "Aviation Evens" as we do. Then if you are close to Romsey, Hants then why not give our friends over in the SHHAS a visit. As well as talks they also arrange their own annual fly-in.
The Solent Aviation Society
This established group has monthly meetings in Eastleigh. Due mainly to rising printing costs they have transferred their "Osprey" magazine to an online version available on their website, and there you will also find an interesting photo gallery, and "For Sale" sections. Plus of course details of their future meetings. They have also organised an annual fly-in at Popham in September most years since 1993.
1st South Bersted Air Scout Group
1st South Bersted comprise boys & girls covering the age ranges 6 - 14 in Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts. As an Air Scout Group, they include an "Air" related activity to their programme in addition to the more general scouting activities. These have included trips to Tangmere museum and Goodwood airfield, and gliding with Southdown Gliding club.
They thanked AirACES for the raffle money donated to them in 2016 which they have used to buy new tents and other camping equipment.
Shoreham Airport Society
SAS as it is fondly known meets monthly in the wonderful art deco airport building at Shoreham Airport where its main activity is to arrange talks on aviation subjects. Some of the current committee members of AirACES are also long time members of SAS, and regularly attend both societies talks.
SAS decided in 2008 to no longer maintain their website, but SAS is still very much active so this link will show you a list of their current year's program of talks. For membership etc you can find their contact details on the old SAS website.
Bognor Regis RAFA 381
Bognor Regis RAFA 381 branch. This has the most wonderful clubhouse with bar and resturant located in Waterloo Square (opposite the Pier) Bognor. The club's main aim is to support and honour those past and present personnel & families serving in the Royal Air Force. In the past they had regular aviation talks and I had attended a number of these before realising that you did not have to be ex-RAF in order to become a "club member". Sadly they now only have the very occasional aviation talk, so see their facebook and website for details.

Aviation Museums and Aviation Clubs

There are also a number of Flying Clubs and Aviation Museums locally - if you are thinking of visiting the area you may like to plan a visit to some of these. The museums also arrange occasional talks and special events so take a look at their websites for details.

Southdown Gliding Club
The club is a great place to try out gliding and they are located just north of the South Downs ridge just west of Storrington at Parham Airfield. Walking the South Downs Way you will often see gliders soaring just a few hundred feet above you, especially in northerly winds. On good summer days, the gliders use thermals and its not unusual for them to fly over a hundred miles away AND get back. The club has over 50 gliders based at its own airfield and offers introductory flights as well as full membership giving training to Glider Pilot Licence level and beyond. They also have some interesting videos on their website so go and take a look.
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is situated in a corner of the old RAF Tangmere airfield, famed for its illustrious service from 1916 through to the post-war years. The Museum is home to an impressive display of historic aircraft and a unique collection of aviation memorabilia stretching from the First World War through to the Cold War. Amongst the many attractions, are numerous interactive displays and several aircraft simulators for visitors to experience.
Wings Museum
Dedicated to remembering & recording the history of RAF Redhill, this WW2 Remembrance Museum is housed in a "hangar" style building near Balcombe, Sussex. It includes much original memorabilia associated with the station as well as a comprehensive collection of photographs & documents. They also have other themed original memorabilia representing: The Home Front, Fighter Command, The Blitz, Battle of Britain, Bomber Command, US 8th Air Force, Luftwaffe, Russian Front, D-Day & more. Items include recovered aero engines, airframes, uniforms, equipment & medals.
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
Based in hangers at Old Sarum Airfield this museum has a very interesting collection of fast jets to see, and aims to preserve the history of nearby Boscombe Down so also has a Chipmunk and to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Boscombe Down the museum built a replica BE2B, the first aircraft to land at Boscombe Down Airfield in November 1917. Don't forget to view their facebook pages for recent updates as to what is going on.
Ridgeway Military & Aviation Research Group (RMARG)
Formed in 1991 to collect, record and preserve WW2 history from the area together with other military and aviation matters Covering Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire. Monthly meetings held on the last Thursday of the month at RAF Welford where they also have their small but unique museum. Check their website BUT email them first if you wish to visit as even their talks are held on an active military base.
Goodwood Aero Cafe
A wonderful location to go and watch modern and historic planes both on the ground and flying whilst you enjoy just a cup of coffee or a full meal in the cafe. Now housed in the old control tower while the new clubhouse is being built. Outside seating for when the weather is fine and an enviable view of the aerodrome. Spitfire, Pitts, Harvard, Boeing Stearman, Tiger Moth, Chipmunk they are all there.... and you don't have to be a member of the Aero Club to go and enjoy this.
Goodwood Aero Club
Goodwood Aero Club is full of people for whom flying is their passion. Whether just as a spectator, passenger or pilot all are catered for. Originally an RAF airfield during World War II as RAF Westhampnett, the area is steeped in flying memories. During the Goodwood Revival, Members and their guests are given their own special area centred around the Flying Club building, and exclusive access to the Warbirds which perform at Goodwood. For the latest information follow them on Facebook.
Boultbee Flight Academy
This is where a number of the lovely planes you can see from Goodwood Aero Cafe are based. They have a base and hanger just to the north of the aero club. They were also the location for the launch of the book "TO WAR IN A SPITFIRE" by Mark Hillier, Dieter Sinan and Greg Percival. All pilots you may just see at Goodwood.
Jet Aircraft of WW II
If your interest is in WW II aviation then we have been sent an interesting link, by Alexa, to a page of information on many types of WWII jet aircraft that you may find worth a visit.
Club Master Membership software by Art Software
Our society has kindly been provided with a free copy of ClubMasterLite to more easily manage our society membership records for our new society. We started as many do being self sufficient using just a spreadsheet open office or Excel) but were looking for something with a better user interface. Check the weather before you go.
Good snacks available on the way home at north end of A285 Best Kebab Van, Petworth.
The above information is composed by Andy @ AirACES and believed to be correct but please verify before making any commitments. Any representative from the above organisations are welcome to contact info @ with corrections or amendments to their above descriptions.