June 29, 2015

Wally Kahn on BBC Radio 4 "The Last Word"

A friend has just alerted me to a piece about Wally Kahn on the BBC Radio 4 programme "The Last Word", broadcast on 15th May. I wondered if you knew of it and whether you might like to let other Club members know of it, as it's still available on iPlayer:-




June 11, 2015



Get some cheap flying in on Saturday 20th Jun 2015 at the Longest Day event at Lasham.

First Launch available from 04:27 and there will be plenty of instructors available if you wish to come down for some training; last Launch much, much later ………

Winch Launches are only £5 (£3 for youth) from dawn till 10AM and from 6PM till dusk.

After 6PM there is an additional bonus in that you can have 1000’ free on Aerotow!  Aerobatics anyone?

Volunteers are required (before and after “normal” flying times) to do the normal stuff, winching, retrieving, instruct/supervise and to generally help out.  Offers of help to Peter Baldwin 07885 750942.  Hangar doors will be opened at 03:45 hrs and so first shift required at that time – set yer alarms.

The “Bruvvers” will be doing breakfast at the Launchpoint from first launch.  

This year we are again supporting Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices for children and young adults.  £1 from each winch launch and £2 from each Aerotow will be donated towards their fundraising efforts.

Even if you are not flying, come on down as there will a Fun Day too with some stands and stalls:

  • Face painting, Children’s Books and cards, The Bee Man, Gliding Heritage Centre, Naomi House, Tombola and even a visit from some Daleks!

You don’t have to come too early for the Fun Day; that should kick off about midday.

June 01, 2015


The UK CAA has published a consultation document (CAP 1284) on the simplification of medical licensing for recreational pilots. The BGA was represented on the CAA working group and the proposals essentially reflect what the BGA introduced some fifty years ago. It is important that those who agree with the CAA proposal respond positively to the consultation.

Currently pilots with an NPPL licence are required to comply with DVLA group 1 or 2 standards and have their self-declaration of fitness countersigned by their GP. Holders of a UK PPL currently need an EU class 2 medical (or the NPPL medical requirements if they only use the privileges of an NPPL licence).

The consultation proposes that the minimum medical requirement for UK private pilot licence and national private pilot licence holders is to hold a current DVLA Group 1 Ordinary Driving Licence (ODL). Existing medical options (for example a UK declaration with GP counter signature) will remain available. The proposal will bring cost and time savings for pilots and, in most cases, remove the need for General Practitioner (GP) or Authorised Medical Examiner involvement.

The proposal is based on a study of the risks associated with GA flying and comparing these to other recreational activities like horse riding or canoeing. The consultation also reviews the causes of light aircraft accidents and the likelihood of these being triggered by a pilot being medically incapacitated. The risk to third parties is considered and the regulatory approach taken by the Federal Aviation Administration in the USA, which mirrors the UK proposal, is also reviewed.

A variety of options are proposed and views are sought through the consultation which closes on 10th July 2015. The information received will be used to determine how to take this proposal forward.

You can read the consultation at http://www.caa.co.uk/cap1284

There is a Survey Monkey response tool at
or you can submit a response to the CAA by email. Details are in the consultation document.

You will note that this change once adopted in the UK could be proposed to EASA as an acceptable European model. The BGA is working towards that outcome.

Could you please engage with this process; you are encouraged to submit an individual responses by 10th July 2015.

Thanks very much for your assistance.


May 26, 2015


May 06, 2015

Charity Race Night

Charity Race Night!!!!

In aid of Naomi House

Saturday 9th May from 8pm


Place your bets………….

May 05, 2015


The WomenGlide UK group are organising Women Go Gliding days around the UK.  Lasham is holding their event on 27/28 June 2015. The objective is to encourage more women to take up  the sport.

On the weekend of 27/28 June 2015 we will cater for experienced, lapsed and trial flight women pilots.  We politely ask you encourage all your female friends, colleagues and family to attend this weekend and get in the air.  We will have a poster/leaflet you can use to send to your contacts or put up at your place of work etc.

Some great incentives that weekend:

  • WGGD trial flights at £50 on Sat 27th
  • LGS reciprocal membership waived for the day so ask your female friends to fly at Lasham with experienced pilots on that weekend
  • Barbeque on Saturday evening and a Charity raffle prize draw.

WGGD Trial flight includes

  • 1 Month’s membership to Lasham
  • 1 aerotow to 2500ft
  • Discounted Women Glide (UK) 1-year membership

If you are interested in attending and/or helping please reply to office@lasham.org.uk or Phone 01256 384900

April 01, 2015

Wally Kahn - Funeral Arrangements

The schedule will be as follows on Wednesday 8 April 2015 :-

11am Wally will be driven through Lasham for a final farewell on the way to the Crematorium

Midday Service at Basingstoke Crematorium

Afterwards return to Lasham for the official opening of the Wally Kahn Hangar followed by refreshments in the Clubhouse
Family flowers only please, but anyone who would like to make a donation then please give to The Lasham Trust which Wally was so passionate about.

March 16, 2015

Rest in peace dear friend

March 15, 2015


“Wally” Kahn

 Wally Kahn's crowning achievement was the purchase of Lasham Airfield, thereby securing our future. Since gliding started at Lasham in 1951, Wally campaigned, chivvied and negotiated to buy the land from an intransigent Civil Service. At first the Society acquired a long lease after a battle with bureaucracy that needed a QC and questions in Parliament to resolve. During negotiations to extend the lease in 1982 the Ministry of Defence objected, saying that the work being done in its black hangar was so secret it could not even be discussed. The Society discovered that the hangar was virtually empty and was being guarded by a resting actor who had been sent from the local Unemployment Office. Wally created the Lasham Trust in 1983 to raise funds, and finally in 1999 the Society was able to buy the freehold of over 500 acres.  The effect of the purchase can be seen in the Society's new buildings, its winches, the smooth cross-runways and its fleet of gliders.

Wally first flew solo in a glider in 1946 after helping to set up an RAF gliding club at Oerlinghausen in Germany in the aftermath of World War Two. They rescued forty German gliders before they could be destroyed by American soldiers. He earned Silver C (number 85 on the UK register) in 1947 and Diamond Badge number 50 in 1975. He broke seven British records up to 1963 and competed in sixteen national championships up to 1973. He was awarded the BGA's Wakefield Trophy in 1953, having flown 222km from Lasham to Coningsby in a DFS Weihe. He also did 11,000 tows as a tug pilot.
Whatever you thought about Wally, you couldn't ignore him. He always had a project and he was difficult to refuse. He was a Council Member for the British Gliding Association from 1954-1990. He served on the Committee of the Royal Aero Club and was presented with its Silver Medal in 1995. In June 2011 he was awarded an MBE for services to gliding. The BGA presented him with its Gold Medal in 2014. He was a life member of Lasham Gliding Society. He published an autobiography  "A Glider Pilot Bold..."
He was commissioned as Pilot Officer 9th Dec 1950. After leaving the RAF he joined Joseph Samuel & Son Limited, a cigar importer, and eventually became its managing director. He married Margaret Moore, née Doran-Veevers, in 1954. She died in 1996, but he is survived by their daughter, Christine.
Wally passed away this morning at 0515 hrs in Basingstoke Hospital.
15th March 2015

March 10, 2015


Wally asked me to post this breakdown of income to the Lasham Trust for the period show below:

Income 01/03/2014 to 23/02/15

Monthly bank standing orders – 13 members     £ 1,600.00

Various and sundry – unidentified; from members and friends;  in memory of; etc. – £721.52

Saturday talks - £386.58

Restaurant bottle- £324.72

AGM - £218.59

Balloon landings -  £100.00

Fireworks - £74.71

Kronfeld Orchard (1st year) – £ 4.50

TOTAL  £ 3,430.62