STOKE GOLDING AIRFIELD
INFORMAL FLY-IN (STIFI)
Every year we hold a STIFI around late summer..
This year it WAS on Sunday 27th August!
And what a great day we had! Despite the Met Office predictions, the airfield remained in a force-field protected area of good weather.. (FFPA, check it out) and a big thank you goes out to everyone who attended the event. Though not as manic as 2022 (thank goodness) when we had over 130 visiting aircraft we still had a healthy 40+ and the two Cessna 152's from Leicester Aero Club who provided many trial flights for eager visitors throughout the day.. up and down like a fiddlers elbow springs to mind.
The STIFI started in 2019 as an informal and easy fly-in for any machines with wings and wheels to come along and enjoy the airfield and countryside... and it was clearly very popular...
In 2020, as many of you may remember, we slotted our STIFI event in a short window of opportunity in the middle of the lunacy that we now refer to as 'freedom crackdowns' but at the 11th hour we had to reclassify the event as a 'Non-Event' due to sensationally sensible decisions by the 'authorities'. But the concept of a 'non-event' was a great success and it was decided that 'non-events' are far more fun and we have followed the format every year since.
So when we decide on the date for the 2024 'non-event' please ensure you don't put the date in your diary (as soon as we haven't published it, which of course we haven't, don't see above just yet) and make sure not to fly-in or bring an interesting machine along... and definitely don't consider enjoying the homemade refreshments and delicacies offered by 'Cathy's Cakes' our on-site catering team..
Make a point of not partaking in all the pilot banter associated with these kind of activities and certainly don't consider bringing a tent so you can enjoy a drink in the evening and not have a leisurely return flight the following day...
All visitors welcome in any machine, landings are free as always... what more couldn't you want??
PPR us from the Pilots page on the site so we know you are coming or just call for joining instructions on 129.830 'Stoke Golding Base', with 5 miles to run.. Any Q's email firstname.lastname@example.org
See you in 2024 hopefully!
The Stoke Golding Crew