International Seaplane Rally and Picnic - 12:00 noon Sunday 10th June: Biscarrosse


Background

In the inter-war years Biscarrosse was the centre of the thriving French seaplane industry, with more than 100 flying boats providing flights to Africa. New York and South America. There is now an excellent museum there, with a regular international event to trace the history of aviation.

The 2018 edition also marks the centenary of the first flight of what was to become Latécoère Air Lines which started delivering freight and post for Laposte to the french colonies in Africa.

During the first world war the founder, Pierre Latécoère, invested in factories in Toulouse producing shells and aircraft and delivered about 800 planes to the french army. The company then specialized in design and manufacture of seaplanes which reached a zenith with the six engined Latécoère 631 which was billed as ‘The Ship of the Skies‘ and designed for transatlantic flights. The 631 first flew in 1939 and 10 examples were produced. It was the largest production seaplane ever built and to put this into context had a wingspan about one third larger than the famous Short Sunderland of WWII fame. Groupe Latécoère still exists today as a successful group of companies supplying assemblies and components to Airbus and Boeing.

The 2018 flying displays will involve historic seaplanes and legendary aircraft of French and international aviation including the Breguet 14, PBY Catalina, Douglas DC3, De Havilland Beaver etc

More recent aircraft will fly including a Rafale, competitor to Eurofighter Typhoon, from the 17F Flotille of the French Naval Air Force, a fire fighting Canadair seaplane of the Civil Security and also the presence of the Patrouille de France which is the Air Force aerobatic team.

There will be helicopter rides, exhibitions and the usual event amenities.

The BBC enjoyed an excellent day in 2016, and we look forward to visiting again this year, seeing around 30 classic seaplanes in action, contrasted with a display by the mighty supersonic Dassault Rafale which is built at Merignac.


Our Rendezvous and Picnic

We must expect it to be busy, and to avoid the crowds we propose meeting at 12.00 sharp for a ‘tranquil’ picnic at the Petit Lac.

We will then walk less than 1 Km along the canal to reach the event at the southern lake at Latecoere, which has the usual festival facilities (aviation and other stalls, refreshments etc).

Entry is free.

Please bring all you need for a picnic ! Phil aims to ‘reserve’ the picnic tables by the lake !


Picnic and Meeting Location

TIME: 12:00 noon on Sunday 10th June

GPS: 44.396591, -1.182885  ( N 44°23’47.7″ W 1°10’58.4″ )

Alternatively, set your GPS to Avenue de Montbron

Map: Please click here for a map

Directions from Bordeaux:

  • Take A63 from Bordeaux and after 28Km turn off onto A660 signed to Arcachon
  • Turn off after 5 km, onto D216 signed to Biscarrosse
  • In Mios turn sharp right at the first roundabout then straight over the next one
  • After 25km go through Sanguinet (over 4 roundabouts including a large one surrounding the town hall)
  • After a further 12 Km you reach Biscarrosse
  • Go straight over the first and second roundabouts, and continue straight into the centre (over an absurd number of speed bumps !) past the Marie and the church
  • Take the second turn right after the church, signed to Dechetterie and Cimetiere ! This road is Avenue de Montbron
  • You will cross a bridge over the canal (joining Biscarrosse’s three lakes) and then look out for the lakeside car park on your right opposite the cemetery
    • Note the car park has an intimidating 2.1m width restriction. If your car is wider, or you don’t trust your judgement, you can park opposite in the Cemetery car park !
    • Note ignore any signs for ‘Hydravion’ (which direct to special parking, buses and crowds)

Booking

To register, please contact Phil C direct or book online below.  Phil’s contact details are here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Click ‘Submit’ only once and then wait for your booking details to be re-displayed on your screen.
    • There maybe a little delay while your details are being noted and registered.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.


    

 


Phone, Tablet & Computer Workshop: Thursday, 3rd November at 10:30

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We are holding our second BBC technology workshop/discussion to help members get the best use from their computers, tablets and smartphones

  • The location is still to be decided but the workshop will start at 10:30 with a break for lunch and will continue into the afternoon for as long as attendees request (within reason!)
  • Please bring your lunch
  • Attendees will be limited to sixteen to enable the workshop to be enjoyable, fun and useful.

Please indicate on the online booking form topics which interest you.

Much preparation work is needed, so we will finalize the agenda in October based on your requests. More details of the day as we move forward.


Booking

Gary and Ian are pleased to answer any questions that you may have about the workshop. (Gary and Ian’s contact details are here)

But, PLEASE book via the online form so that we can note your preferences and ensure that you get the most from the day.


Phone, Tablet & Computer Workshop: Biscarosse - Thursday, 4th February at 10:30

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We are holding our first BBC technology workshop/discussion to help members get the best use from their computers, tablets and smartphones

  • The workshop will start at 10:30 with a break for lunch and will continue into the afternoon for as long as attendees request (within reason!)
  • Please bring your lunch
  • Attendees will be limited to 16 to enable the workshop to be enjoyable, fun and useful.

Please indicate on the online booking form the topics which interest you and also add any other topics which you need.

Much preparation work is needed. So, by the 22nd January, we will set a preliminary agenda based around the topics requested by those who enrolled by the 7th January. More details of the day as we move forward.


Below are some initial ideas but please indicate on the online booking form the topics which interest you the most.

Safe use of the Internet
  • How to get best use out of the new BBC website
  • Removing fears of shopping and/or banking on the Internet, what precautions to take
  • How to find things on the Internet
  • How to solve your technology problems using the Internet
  • Removing fears of shopping and/or banking on the Internet, what precautions to take
Smartphones and Tablets
  • Tips on using smartphones e.g understanding your settings, preventing unexpected charges.
  • Tips on using the Apple iPad
Windows
  • Should I upgrade to Windows 10?
  • If so, then how?
Email
  • Understanding how your email works
  • Various options for email on computer, smartphone and tablet
  • Simple checks to see if an email is a threat to you or your computer
Files and Documents
  • How to manage your files
  • How to install a networked disk drive in your home for access at home and when travelling
Music, Photos and Television
  • How to receive UK TV (and many other channels) without a satellite dish
  • How to create photos albums and slideshows for display on your TV
  • How to impress your friends at the dinner table with music (iTunes, windows media player…)
Video
  • How to make home movies and understand the different file formats
  • How to create a movie library and play from computer to TV
  • How to transfer your old VHS recordings (e.g of the family) to digital media to enjoy once again

Booking

Gary and Ian are pleased to answer any questions that you may have about the workshop. (Gary and Ian’s contact details are here)

But, PLEASE book via the online form so that we can note your preferences and ensure that you get the most from the day.