LAA Tour goes ahead despite Henstridge ban

The LAA Wessex Strut Fly-In scheduled for Sunday 4 July has been cancelled due to concerns expressed by the operator of Henstridge Airfield regarding ongoing Covid risks.

“While highly disappointing given the efforts put in by Strut members and the airfield owner, we fully understand the concern that a large gathering of this nature may create a risk, and we fully endorse the decision,” said LAA CEO Steve Slater.

Henstridge Airfield remains open to visiting pilots on a strict PPR basis. However, Henstridge will NOT accept visiting traffic from the following locations:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Blackburn and Darwen
  • Lancashire
  • Kirklees
  • Bedford
  • Leicester
  • Hounslow
  • North Tyneside.

For further information and to PPR please email

LAA Permit aircraft

LAA 75th Anniversary Tour

The fly-in was also due to be the starting point for the LAA 75th Anniversary tour event. Following a full review and risk assessment, we are pleased to announce that this event will go ahead.

The tour will now start on Monday 5 July with Bodmin as the first congregating point and overnight stop.  Aircraft en route are invited to call in at Dunkeswell for a lunch/coffee break/fuel stop. Devon Strut members will on site to welcome all. Show your LAA membership card here for a half-price landing.

Tuesday 6 July The Tour heads for Barton for the  next night stop, via Kemble for coffee and Shobdon for lunch. This also gives people the chance to join up as the tourists fly north. Barton (£5.00 landing fee) overnight stop (camping allowed). Please be at Barton by 6.00pm local time. Evening meal and breakfast served. North-West Strut members have offered to give lifts to nearby hotels.

Wednesday 7 July Tourists head north east to Eshott for lunch (BBQ) and free landing. Then down the coast to Breighton for a night stop (free landing). Evening meal/breakfast served and camping allowed.  On route info: Newcastle ATC is aware and ready to help (as previous tour). Call when you see the city bridges on the River Tyne.

Thursday 8 July On to Leicester (free landing) for lunch before heading home. LAA member and airport director Michael Wright is very much looking forward to seeing us. East Midlands Strut also on site if any help is required.

To assist airfield operators to meet Covid protocols, the LAA requests that anyone taking part in all, or individual legs within the LAA 75 Tour, books PPR for each of the airfields they intend to visit.

“Not only will it help with Track and Trace but also with food numbers for the airfield cafes, all of whom want to know in advance if possible,” said Steve.

Please use e-mail as not all airfields have the ops/ATC manned during the week.


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