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Valley Aviation Society Enthusiast’s Day
Thursday 20th August, 2015
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Valley Aviation Society Enthusiast’s Day Thursday 20th August, 2015
The Station Commander at Royal Air Force Valley has kindly given permission to the Society to jointly organise an Enthusiast Day to be held on Thursday 20th August, 2015. The day provides a unique opportunity for Society members and other invited aviation enthusiasts to enter a working RAF Station and view operations ‘up close and personal’ from the safety of an enclosure situated close to the action, to watch and photograph these operations.
This is not an airshow and 4 FTS will be carrying out a ‘normal’ days flying programme. Invitations have been extended to all other flying units within the UK to focus their daily operations on Valley. The Society have been allowed to contact and invite other NATO units that have a historical connection with the station to fly in and provide additional support and add to the overall success of the event.
RAF Valley and V-A-S are keen to further cement community relations and as a consequence of our combined actions and enjoyment we hopefully raise some money towards the nominated charities, such as Hope House Children’s Hospice.
The Society need to raise funds to pay for additional requirements such as providing toilets etc. so we invite all Society Members, associates and invited guests from the V-A-S Forum & Facebook sites to apply together with enthusiasts from aviation societies local to Wales and the North West.
V-A-S partially subsidise Society members attending the event so we ask for a minimum donation of £10 per person over 16 years of age applying for an invitation. V-A-S Forum, Facebook and other aviation enthusiasts are also invited to apply to attend, at a suggested minimum donation of £15 per person over 16 years of age. Any monies remaining after all costs have been met will of course be donated to the aforementioned Charities. Under 16’s attending must be accompanied by an Adult at all times whilst on the station.
The food & drink suppliers to Station personnel will also be on hand, supplying good food and refreshment at very competitive prices from 9.00 am to 3 p.m. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments with you as well as folding chairs and normal sized umbrellas. Due to electrical cabling beneath the grassed areas we cannot allow ladders, wind shelters or tents to be erected within the enclosure. We do have access to one building which will allow some shelter or respite should the weather change.
Car parking for the event will be on ‘Spotters car park’, just outside the main gate to RAF Valley and guests will be escorted onto the station on foot through the nearby crash gate (approx 450 yards in total). Spotter’s car park will be closed to the general public from 18:00hrs on the 19th to 08:00 on the 21st August 2015.
The car park reception team will open up the gates from 08:00hrs on the day for guests arriving early, please note the first entry time onto the station will be just after 09:00hrs (after departure of the Cardiff Shuttle) However, due to operational reasons we are required to close the car park and ensure all our guests are in the enclosure before 10:00hrs. Late arrivals can contact a mobile number that will be provided at a later date.
We do have strictly limited ‘on base’ parking for Disabled or ‘Blue Badge’ holders. Those requiring this facility should ensure you clearly mark the appropriate place on the application form; we are unable to cater for any late requests. We will have some transport available to assist those with walking difficulties on the day.
As has been mentioned before you will be entering an active airfield and not one hosting an ‘airshow’ so different rules will apply. In particular Health & Safety rules and regulations, you should listen to the brief given by the Stewards as you enter the airfield.
You must act on any instructions given to you by RAF, Civilian personnel or Society Stewards at all times and without question, as your safety and that of others may not be immediately apparent to you but we are acting in everyone’s best interest.
Mobile phones in passive or ‘aeroplane’ mode can be used for taking photographs but, if you need to make or receive a call then please move back about 50’ away from all aircraft and buildings. RAF Valley is a NON SMOKING environment but a concession for a smoking area has been negotiated and we ask that you only use that area. (Signs will be posted on the day)
As enthusiasts you will be well aware that litter and aircraft don’t mix, we will have several wheelie bins placed around the enclosure and Stewards will make regular patrols and will gladly take any litter from you. Radio Scanners can be used throughout the enclosure please be discrete. An ‘Ops’ board will be maintained with expected movements, times, callsigns etc. this will be in the control centre window.
We expect to close the event around 15:30hrs. Please note - Stewards will be on hand from 14:45hrs to begin escorting small groups back to the car park and they will unlock the gate for you to leave. If you should require departure before the appointed time please ask a Steward to arrange an Escort for you. Apart from the control room, V-A-S Squadron shop and the Station feeder ALL other buildings are strictly out of bounds, failure to comply will mean you will be escorted off the airfield without refund or recourse.
All those applying for invitations may be scrutinised by our hosts as a condition of entry and of course they can on the very rare occasion refuse permission for someone to attend, the Society are not informed of the reason why, but we will of course offer a full refund.
If you do have any objections to any of these requirements then please do not submit an application, as your attendance at the event signifies your compliance with all requirements. We do recommend you bring some form of hearing protection for you and especially for those less than 16 years of age in your charge as you will be very close to aircraft taxing nearby. Please bring Photo ID, passport, driving licence, or two forms of household bills that confirm name and address.
Photography of the aircraft is positively encouraged but do show respect to the rights of the individual to their anonymity, some air & ground crew may give you permission, if you are in any doubt then no faces or name badges is a safe bet.
For those interested in Squadron patches, prints, clothing or memorabilia then follow the signs to the V-A-S shop situated in the Control Room building. We hope that aircrew will be on hand to chat to throughout the day.
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