Light Aircraft Association

  Welcome to the website of the
LAA Suffolk Coastal Strut

The Suffolk Coastal Strut welcomes members from not only Suffolk, but also Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. We hold monthly meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Members have aircraft based at Crowfield, Elmsett, Great Oakley, Headcorn, Hinderclay Meadows, Lavenham, Monewden, Nayland, Old Buckemham, Priory Farm, Seething, Tibbenham, Wolves Hall, Wormingford and a number of private strips & locations. While Boxted, in Essex, is the home to our annual July fly-in.

For those not familiar with a Strut, it is a self supporting club within the LAA. It elects its own officers for the necessary duties, and charges a small subscription to cover costs. Currently the subscription is 20 per annum.

The strut provides social evenings, and organises visiting speakers, the showing of video's, fly-outs during the better weather, and other similar events.

If you are considering building an aircraft, already own one, or wanting to be part of a group share, or just love talking about real aeroplanes then becoming a member of the LAA and your local Strutis a must. Within the LAA, local struts form the backbone of light aircraft flying, and provide a discussion forum for like minded individuals. Within the average strut there is a wealth of knowledge, information, and experience available - feel free to come and tap into it.

The LAA website is a great source of information, it also has a list of struts around the country if you are not local to Suffolk Coastal.

Visitors to Crowfield are most welcome (although restrictions apply) and flying instruction/PPL hire is available in the Flying Clubs two Robin HR.200/120B, Robin DR.400/180 and Pa18-150 Super Cub.
Please note that Strut does not operate or manage these aircraft. For further details please contact the Flying Club directly. Their contact details can be found on their website -

Strut Meeting - 18 April - BBQ at Monewden Airfield

 Dates for the Diary

18 May 2022
starting at 7:30pm
Strut Meeting - Strut BBQ

For the May meeting we will be holding a STRUT MEMBERS BBQ at MONEWDEN Airfield.

This will give a chance for members old & new to mix and get to know each other.

Note that as this is an evening event with limited time for cooking food etc, and hopefully a good number of member will attend, this will be for Strut Members only - sorry no partners or plus ones.

Food and soft drinks will be provided by the Strut. Serving expected to start at about 6:30pm, although turn up anytime from 5:30pm onwards.

Steve has agreed that those who wish to can fly-in

For those coming by road, entrance will be via the airfield gate (NOT the entrance for Steve's house)

10 June 2022
starting at 7:30pm
Strut Meeting - Gliding at Tibenham

The June meeting will be a gliding evening at Tibbenham. Timings and costs to be annouced when known.

Although note that this will be on FRIDAY 10th June.

The number of fights will be limited to 16, so if more than 16 people wish to partake, then a system to choose the 16 will be devised.

Tibenham will be arranging a BBQ, so even those not gliding can join in the social side, and you can even fly up!

Date posted: Updates & News

01 May 2021 Beagle Pup Prototype Book

For our February meeting in 2021, Anne Hughes and David Collings gave us a talk on the story of the Prototype Beagle Pup and it's return to the Skies.

Anne Hughes and Andy Amor have just published a book telling this story.
It is in A4 format, 96 pages and includes 160, mainly colour photos

For those interested it is available to purchase for 14.99 (including postage) by emailing

01 May 2021 Sale of Evans VP-1 "Annie"

In July 2020 Strut member John Lindsay reluctantly put his Evans VP-1 "Annie" up for sale. He would have loved it if she could have stayed in the area, although mainly he was looking for anyone who would give her a good home.

John has now sold "Annie", and while not locally she has gone to what is hopefully a very good home up at Eshott in Northumberland.

Click here for the futher details and photos on what is a lovely story and postive outcome.

"Annie" at Eshott "Picnic with the Planes" on 12th September by Peter Forbes ©