The Aeronca Club of Great Britain was formed in 1992 after an Air Britain ‘Aeronca’ themed fly-in at White Waltham airfield. This was instigated by Alan Biggs who was soon joined at the helm by Roger Jones and then Pete White. The Club grew and established itself as a worthy and very active ‘type club’ which enables owners/operators to keep in contact and meet at regular fly-ins around the UK, with occasional trips to France and Ireland.
Roger Jones left the fold in 1994 and in 1997 Alan Biggs passed the reins to Pete White who has been at the helm ever since. The Club has successfully maintained that same casual approach but has gained more useful contacts worldwide for advice and spares with the help of the Club web-site (www.aeronca.co.uk), initiated by Bob Swan and now in the capable hands of Jon Turner.
The stalwarts on the committee that assist in the running of our Club are Alan Crutcher, Reg McComish, Rich Valler, Les Richardson and John Colgate. All flyers of the Aeronca breed a type that is very special in the world of US Classics.
Part of the joy of Aeronca ownership is being able to self maintain the aircraft through the LAA permit to fly system and it gives you the unique opportunity to really ‘get to know’ your aircraft.
The Aeronca Club hold about six fly-ins a year around the UK and stay in touch by e-mail to assist the members and other enthusiasts to make their ownership and flying of Aeronca aircraft to be as pleasurable as is possible.
Have Fun, Fly an Aeronca
Pete White Chairman, The Aeronca Club of Great Britain