Thorpe Bay

Transport

Members of this group are interested in Transport of all shapes & sizes. Trips out will be taken & talks arranged according to members interests. If you want to join the group please contact Malcolm Hayes.

The Transport Group re-formed in Spring 2019 and had its first visit the Essex Fire & Rescue Museum at Grays in May. Later that month the group visited The Canvey Island Transport Museum and in July we went to Stowe Maries WW1 Aerodrome and associated museum. In September together with the 2 military history groups we went to the RAF Museum at Hendon.

Our latest outing was in November when 20 members went to Southend Airport and were given a guided tour of the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC) in 2 separate groups of 10. Each of these groups had an introductory talk by Damon Knight, the Head of ATC, and then each ten split into two groups one visited the top of the tower. Here we learnt about how the ground control team operate the taxiways and runways and we saw take offs and landings. Meanwhile the other group were taken to the radar control section and learnt how the airspace around the airport is controlled. We listened to the controller taking to aircraft. The two groups then swapped over. It was a very interesting afternoon with amazing views over the airport and surroundings from the top of the tower even though the weather was gloomy. The increase of passenger and freight transport is a concern to many residents and it was interesting to learn how they are striving to have minimum impact while growing the business. Damon together with ATC leaders from many other airports is currently looking into how the airspace in the south east of England can be more effectively utilised. This is a long term project over the next 4 or 5 years.

Future visits are being considered, so watch this space.

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