Welcome To Breckland Strut
This website has been designed for members of the Breckland Strut of the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) and anyone with an interest in aviation. The site contains information about all aspects of the flying group based at Priory Farm, north of Diss, Norfolk.
CHANGE OF STATUS
On 1 January 2013, the LAA's Breckland Strut transformed itself into Priory Farm Aviators — the PFA.
Go to www.flyPFA.co.uk for more information.
While the group is no longer affiliated to the LAA, we still support the aims of that association and endeavour to continue our activies as if still an LAA Strut.
This website will continue to function for a further short time to provide continuity during the transition period.
Wherever you live you could be flying!
Recreational flying is popularly regarded as a rich person's sport. The LAA is specifically for those who are not rich — although no donations will be refused. It is the role of the LAA to promote affordable flying for those on a modest income; where possible by sharing ownership with others or building one's own aircraft in the garage from plans or kits to spread the cost over several years. Construction and regular maintenance costs are kept to a mimimum because the flying enthusiast can perform their own work, subject to it being finally inspected by a qualified LAA official before taking to the air.
Getting your hands dirty is not compulsory. Once you have your pilot's licence, you can buy a share in one of the existing aircraft based at Priory Farm. After that, you can go flying for about a third of the hourly rate for a club aircraft at a larger airfield. To get you started, a pilot's licence and a share in a two-seat aircraft at Priory Farm will together cost about the same as an average car depreciates in its first three years. And if the shared aircraft is some years old, its rate of depreciation is zero; thus, when you move on to something else, you get your money back upon selling your share!
Whatever you want to do in the realm of flying, there is someone in the LAA who has done it before and is very willing to offer guidance. Whether you are a pilot, aircrew, aircraft builder or aviation enthusiast, you will be welcome at airfields and airstrips, at local strut meetings, video shows, quizzes, air shows, fly-ins and fly-outs. And if you're happy to generally 'muck-in', there should always be something that needs doing around the airfield or the hangar.
There's something for everyone at the LAA! So look up your local strut, get along there, and check it out. You're sure to have a good time - and it'll be good for sport aviation and the LAA.