Events

Events are a great way to meet other private pilots interested in instrument flying. Regardless of your experience or membership status, whether you own an aircraft or not, or even if you are not a pilot, you are welcome to join. By flying with other experienced pilots you have the ability to meet new people and learn new skills and ways to safely fly IFR. We hope to see you at an event soon.

PPL/IR Europe Annual Conference 11th June 2022

Ostend

Tickets now on sale for the PPL/IR Europe Annual Conference 2022!

The event this year will be held in Ostend Airport (EBOS), Belgium on Saturday 11th June 2022 and is a fantastic opportunity to get back to flying, as well as a chance to see friends old and new.

Textron Aviation will be bringing a fabulous Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 Demonstrator aircraft for attendees to have a wonder round.

 

The whole event is designed to achieve three things:

  1. To give us a fantastic excuse to fly somewhere, abroad for many.
  2. To refresh skills and knowledge to keep us safe and capable pilots.
  3. With time to move around, in smaller groups, for socialising and simply catching up - it has been a while!

Friday 10th June

  • Friday afternoon / evening arrivals for anyone wishing to join pre-evening dinner and drinks.
  • We are staying in the beautiful boutique  Leopold Hotel in Ostend City Centre.
  • Please add 'Friday Evening Hotel' ticket to your basket.
  • I will contact you separately for transport to and from the hotel for Friday travellers.
  • Please see below for tickets and pilot information.

 

Saturday 11th June

  • For colleagues flying in, please add a 'Pilot Pack' ticket to your basket as required. A £25 fee will be taken at booking. This will be deducted from the final price based on aircraft type and duration. See here for a full price list.
  • Lunch, teas, coffees and soft drinks are included in the price and an opportunity to spend time with fellow pilots.
  • Please add 'Main Conference Event' to your basket and indicate your preferred breakout sessions / electives. You can change these later, this is for planning purposes.
  • 09.00 Registration opens at Runway 2608
  • 10.45 We take our seat
  • 11.00 Chair’s Welcome
  • 11.15 Interactive IFR Simulation, “What would you do….” a chance to test your IFR skills
  • 12.45 Lunch and Networking
  • 13.45 Breakouts Session One, plus time to chat and grab a drink (choose 1 of the 6 available below)
  • The Basic Instrument Rating
  • Advanced Aircraft Management
  • IR Skills Test - and more importantly for the IR renewal and revalidation
  • Weather Planning - on the ground and in the air
  • Flight Tooling - Foreflight IFR Masterclass
  • Flight Tooling - Garmin Pilot IFR Masterclass
  • Flight Tooling - SkyDemon IFR Masterclass
  • 14.45 Breakouts Session Two, plus time to chat and grab a drink (choose 1 of the 6 available above)
  • 15.45 Breakouts Session Three, plus time to chat and grab a drink (choose 1 of the 6 available above)
  • 16.15 Closing remarks and Q&A
  • 16.30 Close
  • For anyone wishing to stay for Dinner please add 'Saturday Evening Dinner' ticket to your basket.
  • We are staying in the beautiful boutique  Leopold Hotel in Ostend City Centre.
  • If you are staying over please add 'Saturday Evening Hotel' ticket to your basket.
  • If you require transport to and from the airport to the hotel please add 'Shuttle Bus' ticket to your basket.
  • Alternatively you may choose to head home.
  • Have a safe journey home, having rekindled old friendships, made new friends and refreshed your skills.

Sunday 12th June

  • For anyone staying over I will coordinate the shuttle bus back to the airport on the Sunday morning.
  • Have a safe journey home, having rekindled old friendships, made new friends and refreshed your skills.

 

COVID-19

  • COVID-19 has changed the way we live and fly. Please see the Belgium site for the latest information. For double vaccinated visitors it is very easy to satisfy COVID needs.
  • In the unlikely event that PPL/IR Europe need to cancel the event all money taken will be reimbursed. Should you need to cancel, we will make every attempt to refund the full amount but please note if you cancel after the 27th May, any non-recoverable expenses incurred by PPL/IR Europe, will be deducted from the refund.

Pilot Information

If you are flying in please ensure you complete the Pilot Information Form, so I can pass this on to Ostend Airport Operations.

Provide information here.

Book Tickets

To book tickets for this event please purchase an event ticket, plus, as required: hotel, dinner, pilot pack (if flying in) and shuttle bus tickets,

Book here.

PAFRA Summer Fly-Out across France 19-24th July 2022

Carcassonne, Andorra & Pau

PAFRA 21st Anniversary Fly-out [LFMK, LESU, LFBP]

As before, the trip is arranged in easy stages so pilots/planes can join for whatever period they like. There is no obligation to do the whole trip. Likewise, although an outline programme is proposed, everyone is entirely free to use their time as they wish.

The trip, as always, is not restricted to pilots/planes from Rochester/Lydd, but is open to all, including members of PPL/IR Europe.

Please see the attached for details.

PAFRA Summer Trip 2022 (116 downloads)

 

Notification of PPL/IR Europe AGM 14th September 2022 (1730UTC)

This is formal notification of the Annual General Meeting of PPL/IR Europe, to be held via Zoom, on Wednesday 14th September 2022.

  • 16.30 UTC
  • 17.30 BST
  • 18.30 CEST

 

Register in advance for the Zoom link for this meeting here.

Minutes of the previous AGM, held on 15th September 2021, are available to members on the Annual Accounts Page.

Previous Events - Recordings

In this section we find details of previous events that were recorded.

Piston engine management for the aircraft owner - Tue 8th March 2022 (1830UTC)

aircraft engine

We continued our 2022 events programme, with another virtual get-together.

Jim, who has extensive experience in both aircraft ownership and aircraft maintenance, provided some insights and tips. Please note it is for piston engines.

 

Topics covered:

  • So you want to own an aircraft... engine overhauls, propellor overhauls and more
  • Lean of peak
  • Finding a good engineering company
  • Keeping your aircraft and engine in tip-top condition come rain, snow or shine

PPL/IR Europe at Aero Friedrichshafen (EDNY) 27-30th April 2022

Aero Friedrichshafen (EDNY)
Aero Friedrichshafen (EDNY)

PPL/IR Europe are planning to visit the leading show for General Aviation on 27-30th April at Aero Friedrichshafen (EDNY).

You are very welcome to come join us!

More details on the event can be found here:

https://www.aero-expo.com/

 

If you are planning to attend please let the Events Manager know, or Paul Sherry direct. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tips and tricks on Flight Tooling for IFR Flying - held on Wed 19th January 2022

Flight Tools

We started our 2022 events programme, with a virtual get-together on flight tooling.

The presentation was given by Paul Ruskin and Craig Warmington.

 

Topics covered:

  • Insights and tips flying IFR using SkyDemon and benefits over other products
  • A personal workflow for using Foreflight for IFR flight planning and flying
  • A personal workflow for using Garmin Pilot for IFR flight planning and flying

An update on European regulation for IFR flying - Thu 24th February 2022 (1830UTC)

European Parliament

We continued our 2022 events programme, with another virtual get-together. This time Julian provided the latest regulation updates and news on IFR flying across Europe.

 

 

Topics covered:

  • The latest news on UK pilots flying across Europe post Brexit
  • The latest news on Continental pilots flying across UK post Brexit
  • Latest news and updates on ratings, GPS Navigation and more.

Overnight in Troyes, France 22-24th April 2022

TO SHOW THAT COVID-19 IS IN THE PAST! Peter is organising (for the fifth time!) another “Over-Nighter” to Troyes Barberey [LFQB]

A reminder of the concept: Between the Monthly One-Day Fly-outs organised by PAFRA, and the Whole Week Tour Peter organises each summer, there is clearly a place in our Flying Calendar for an “Over-Nighter” i.e., 24 hours away with a One-night stay somewhere. A place where we can relax together in a convenient nearby hotel; have a meal; (+ drink without the worry about having to fly again too soon!); an evening where we can share ‘hangar talk’ etc.; and/or just ‘Chill out’.

This is an invitation to ALL pilots & friends — not limited to those based at Rochester.

Please see the attached for details.

PAFRA Spring Trip 2022 (121 downloads)

 

Avionics Seminar in Salzburg on 13th November 2021 hosted by COPA

As many members will be aware, the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) runs a range of training events through its Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program (CPPP). COPA is running a one-day seminar on avionics in Salzburg on Saturday 13 November 2021 and have invited PPL/IR Europe members to participate.

While run by COPA, the workshop will cover other types like Cessna, Mooney, Piper or Diamond / TBM etc.

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Details of the event (in German) are below, together with a link for registration:

CPPP LOWS Salzburg Avionics Workshop

This time the workshop is presented in German language only. If it is a success, COPA may provide it next year in English. Indeed, the PPL/IR Europe Board is exploring opportunities for working with other like-minded pilot organisations in Europe so I'm delighted to announce this as the first product of the initiative.

Michael Hochenrieder, who hosted us so well for a social weekend in 2017, is part of the CPPP team and should be able to address any questions you might have.

FAA Aircraft Registration 2021 hosted by PPL/IR Europe on 22nd July 2021 (1700UTC)

FAA Aircraft Registration

These events have proven to be hugely popular in the past. This Zoom webinar focuses on a 2021 update on FAA Registered Aircraft.

The presentation will be given by Faith Chmura, Director of Southern Aircraft Consultancy. The event is at 1700 UTC. Topics covered:

  • Why register a European based aircraft in the U.S?
  • The aircraft registration and deregistration process.
  • Registration pricing, fees, and administration.

 

Online registration is required and the link to the registration page is here.

For more details on the event, and how to register, please click the link below.

FAA Aircraft Registration 2021 (87 downloads)

PPLIR Europe Annual Conference 2nd October 2021 **BOOKINGS CLOSED**

Ostend

Bookings for this event have now closed.

More details to follow shortly.

The event this year will be held in Ostend Airport (EBOS), Belgium on Saturday 2nd October 2021 (instead of Teuge) and is a fantastic opportunity to get in some decent flying in 2021! As well as a chance to see friends old and new.

 

John Peters

This year, we are pleased to be joined by a 'celebrity guest speaker', a name many of you will have heard - John Peters, so is definitely not an event to miss. As well as our usual updates, training and an opportunity to spend time together.

John came to the world’s attention in January 1991, when his bruised and battered face flashed onto television screens around the world as a prisoner of war. It was his disfigured image that became a potent symbol of Saddam Hussein’s ruthless aggression.

His dramatic and sometimes harrowing experiences reach deep into our innermost minds, showing us how we can overcome even our worst fears and nightmares. His war was not all as he expected – it became a seven-week ordeal of torture and interrogation testing John Peters to the absolute limit and bringing him close to death. His experiences go far beyond many of us as General Aviation pilots, but there is plenty we can learn.

Please click the link below to purchase tickets.

Friday 1st October

  • Friday afternoon / evening arrivals for anyone wishing to join pre-evening dinner and drinks.
  • Please add 'Friday Evening Hotel' and/or 'Friday Evening Dinner' to your basket as required - shuttle to and from the hotel is included.

 

Saturday 2nd October

  • For colleagues flying in, please add a 'Pilot Pack' ticket to your basket as required. A £25 fee will be taken at booking. This will be deducted from the final price based on aircraft type and duration. See here for a full price list.
  • 09.00 Registration opens
  • 10.45 We take our seats
  • 11.00 - 16.00 Annual Conference including our keynote speaker, latest updated on EGNOS, a talk on Hypoxia and CO2 (the silent killers) and the latest updates on navigation and flying tools
  • Lunch, tea, coffee and soft drinks are included in the price and an opportunity to spend time with fellow pilots - please add 'Main Event' to your basket.
  • Attendees depart home.

 

COVID-19

  • COVID-19 has changed the way we live and fly. For pilots flying from the UK, it is understood that Brussels is an Amber country requiring a double vaccination and PCR test before departing. Air crew exemptions exist. For Schengen countries, a double vaccine is uderstood to be all that is required. Please use relevant country regulations for the exact details. Members may wish to discuss this on the forum.
  • Once booked, I will contact you separately for aircraft registration, arrival and departure times, POB, etc.
  • Should PPL/IR Europe need to cancel the event all money taken will be reimbursed. Should you need to cancel, we will make every attempt to refund the full amount but please note if you cancel after 29th September, any non-recoverable expenses incurred by PPL/IR Europe, will be deducted from the refund.

 

PPLIR Europe Annual Conference 11th June 2022 **NEW**

Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions impacting attendance, this event has now been cancelled for 2021.

Details for 2022 to follow in due course.

PPL/IR Europe at Private Flyer Event in Leeds East (EGCM) 6th August 2021

EGCM

PPL/IR Europe are planning to visit the Private Flyer event on 6th August at Leeds East Airport.

You are very welcome to join us!

More details on the event can be found here:

https://www.privateflyershow.com/uk/leeds/

If you are planning to attend please let the Events Manager know, or Paul Sherry direct.