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British Air Race Championship


Royal Aero Club Racing is at Haverfordwest this year after 11 years away from Withybush.

The diary of events for the air racing event weekend is shown below with up to 15 aircraft expected to take part.

Aviation enthusiasts are welcome to watch and photograph the event from the area outside the Propellers Cafe which will give good views of all runways and aircraft making their way in and out of the airfield to the runway.

Diary of events:

Practice Session –  Saturday 6 June 1200-1330

Ginger Lacey Trophy Race –  Saturday 6 June 1530-1630

Standby Practice – Sunday 7 June 1000-1100 only if weather not fit to fly on the Saturday

Goodyear Trophy Race – Sunday 7 June 1200-1300

NOTAMs are in place for the weekend so any pilots flying in are advised to check these before flying and contact the airport.

For more information for pilots, please also check Pembrokeshire Flying Club’s website.



Reports of ‘light aircraft’ crash off Pembrokeshire Coast


Tonight, (15/01/2014) there have been reports that a Military Jet may have crashed near the coast off Fishguard.

Articles on the Wales Online site stated that a search has been conducted off near Fishguard, amid reports from locals in the area that a military jet may have crashed.


Milford Haven coastguard say residents in Trefin reported two fast jets flying low overhead at around 7.10pm. A few moments later there were reports of a loud blast and reports that an aircraft may have crashed.

Coastguards have called out the rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor as well as two all-weather RNLI lifeboats.

A Milford Haven coastguard spokeswoman said: “There’s nothing we can tell you other than we are investigating and have a search on”.

“All we are going by is members of the public hearing a loud bang after the aircraft went over. We don’t know where the aircraft went but we are looking.”


The RNLI ‘On A Shout’ bot tweeted an hour after the report stating that the Fishguard and St Davids lifeboats had both been launched.


More news as it develops.


2122: BBC news states that the crash may have been a military jet.

There were fears fast jets may have been involved but this has been discounted by the Ministry of Defence.


2137 Reports that the Coastguard have called off the search and do not believe anything to be in the area.

The air and search operation launched after a suspected plane crash near Fishguard has been “stood down.”

Milford Haven coastguard told ITV News they “don’t believe there’s anything in the area.” – BBC NEWS


Dyfed Powys Police later went on to tweet : ” Police Officers and Police Specialist assisted in Search for plane which has possibly crashed in North Pembs. We worked closely with our coastguard colleagues from Milford Haven and happy to report no plane had crashed. Search called off

Bader Braves at Haverfordwest, Helpers view.


Here’s a write up by Leia Fee who was a helper on the day of the Bader Braves event,

We’re lucky to be able to fly.

Every time I fly I know it and grin about it and promise myself I’ll never ever forget it.

Yes, there was more than just luck of course –  we all worked hard at it, and often we scrimped and saved and gave up other things to be able to do it, but somewhere there was luck.

Whether luck in the grand scheme of things to be born into a time where flight is commonplace and within the reach of the ordinary person, or in having the financial security and means to do it (however ‘only just’ and on the rackety edge that might be!), and having friends and family who support us in it.

Luck played a part.  And somewhere so did something more.  All us can point to someone who helped us.  Someone who gave of their time and energy and often their aircraft and fuel to help us on the way.

Perhaps it was the person who first took us flying, or who thought “I bet so-and-so would like a trial flight”, or a pilot when we were learning who showed us how to do something that was hard, or gave us the spare seat when they flew and reminded us  what it was we were working towards as we flogged around the circuit for the millionth time.

Maybe they just said, “You can do it – I used to struggle with that bit too.”

And we no doubt said “Thank you” nicely at the time.  Maybe we paid the landing fee or bought the cake, or chipped in for fuel.

And yet none of that quite seems enough for enabling us to fly.  Really fly and have the delight and freedom and joy of it.  Not really.  What sort of thank you, what sort of payback is enough for letting us fly?

Drifting around the sunset sky on a summer evening might cost  a can of fuel – but that’s not what it’s worth.

We can’t pay back what the gift of flight is worth, but there is something we can do instead.

We can share it.  We can give someone else that opportunity that was given to us.

Which is why you’ll often find me enthusing about the youth aviation events I help with.  Usually on the ground.  Funds mean that I’m rarely current enough to meet the safety rules for flying the youngsters, but somehow that doesn’t matter because I still see the massive grins they arrive down with, the nerves beforehand and the delight afterwards.

Case in point, this week’s Bader Brave’s event at Haverfordwest.

These young people arrived with more challenges than usual with a range of disabilities but all of them met them with courage and patient effort.

Indeed, the ones who start out nervous are the most delightful because they are so triumphant afterwards – they did something which scared them and they didn’t think they could do and they did it anyway and it turned out they could  do it and in fact they loved it.  What could be more inspirational for any young person in any field of endeavour?

I can’t name a highlight.

Perhaps it was the lad who’d almost almost let nerves and doubt convince himself that he couldn’t or didn’t want to do it, but plucked up from courage and strength and helped get himself aboard the lovely old Cub and by all accounts spent the flight chatting away and asking clever, relevant questions.

Or the young lad who was deaf and whose sister signed for their whole family with perfect aplomb and taught me to sign ‘aeroplane’.

Or the excited girl whose nervous mother  was so doubtful that her daughter would be able to wait her turn but who spent the wait zipping up and down the field in one of the vintage vehicles by the name of Miss Daisy.

My sense of the ridiculous was piqued by the fact I nearly got run-away-with a motorised wheelchair whose owner manoeuvred it like a go-cart – I’d have failed the differences training on that one!

Good humour ran through the day and the weather was kind enough to let those awaiting their flight wait and watch and picnic in the garden of the airfield cafe.

Magic atmosphere!

I finished the day sunburned and tired and croaking from calling instructions over the sound of props and engines but so contented.

And perhaps just a little bit less in karmic debt to all those who’ve helped me fly…

Bader Flight to Haverfordwest


Bader Flight comes to Haverfordwest Airport

Bader Braves fly into Pembrokeshire.

Legendary wartime pilot Douglas Bader’s legacy will be seen in the skies over west Wales in June as private pilots from all over the country come together to give flights of a lifetime to many deserving young people.

Haverfordwest Airport at Withybush will for the first time host the nationally popular ‘Bader Braves Young Aviator Days’ – on Saturday, June 8. These are named after Sir Douglas Bader, the RAF pilot who lost his legs in a pre-war aircraft accident, but returned to flying in World War II.

The Young Aviator Days are designed to give youngsters with limb impairments or other disabilities what is often their first flying experience.

Pilots and owners of light aircraft will be assembling at Withybush and making regular trips aloft with special passengers – some accompanied by parents, adults or carers.

Co-ordinating the event is Peter White, chairman of the Aeronca Club of Great Britain, who regularly flies into Pembrokeshire in his delightful 1946 vintage Aeronca.

Said Peter: “This is the first time Bader Braves has come to Haverfordwest and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Douglas Bader Foundation. We are working closely with Pembrokeshire County Council, which owns and runs the airport, the Pembrokeshire Flying Club and the Haverfordwest School of Flying which operates commercially from the airport.”

Helping Peter are Pembrokeshire Flying Club members John Fisher and Martin Stevens, who are contacting local pilots and ground support crew, while Douglas Bader Foundation operations director Keith Delderfield is the contact for potential Young Aviators.

Contact Peter White on 01752 406660 or regarding the airfield organisation and Keith Delderfield for information on the Young Aviators.


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