The first meeting of 2016 started with the Chairman wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Three apologies had been offered to the meeting.
In “Initial Notices” volunteers were asked to fill vacancies on the ” Vote of Thanks ” rota and additional “Calendar of Meetings” cards were made available for those members requiring them. John Taylor Programme Secretary gave a number of updates. First on behalf of Margaret he thanked members for their felicitous messages before Christmas when she was not well. John then detailed the Forum’s Charitable Christmas Lunch Collections which began in 2007 and have now achieved a cumulative figure of £1450 including a record £370 taken at last month’s lunch for Harrogate 20th Scout Group–a splendid effort from the membership!! He concluded by advising members of the current situations of one member and one former member whom he had encountered since our last meeting.
Today’s Speaker was Mr Roy Beniston , born in Ashby De La Zouch (the middle of England) but latterly a thirty-five year Knaresborough resident!! His talk was on “Building an Aircraft In My Garden Behind Strikes”–Strikes being what is now Lidl in Knaresborough. His topic proved to be a fascinating account and at times mind-boggling trip about his initial interest in flying (too expensive!!) with his interest being further stirred when golfing at the now defunct Crimple Valley course and seeing “Powered Butterflies”(Microlights) overhead. Steered in the direction of Rufforth Airfield his early flying experience was in microlight aeroplanes and particularly the Mainair Blade Flexwing. This led him to embark on purchasing a Kit aeroplane the Ranssel Coyote II a U.S. light aeroplane which cost, including engine, somewhere in excess of £20,000 and consisted of thousands of parts requiring accurate and sturdy construction. In November 2000 he began to construct the aeroplane in his garage at home in Knaresborough–a project of around one year and which attracted a multitude of comments from neighbours and passers-by. Backed up by a comprehensive slide show and a D.V.D. of the aeroplane in flight the rest of his talk took us through the building process, tools required and culminating in his flight training and some examples of the flights he has undertaken. The talk was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience with some interesting questions put to the Speaker at its conclusion.
The Vote of Thanks was given by Peter Staples on behalf of the 39 attendees.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY