The Rescue Service is available to all members of the club. The service is offered by the Europa Club to its members, by its members on an international basis. All participants are volunteers who have offered their services and/or facilities to other members in difficulties. Volunteers currently cover France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Canada and the USA.
READ ABOUT AN ACTUAL RESCUE ON THE REMOTE ISLAND OF INISHMORE. RESCUE EUROPA DEPLOYS JACKING PAD. SEE THE ARTICLE IN EUROPA FLYER ISSUE 88
How to request help
Simply call a committee member, using the list in the front of the Europa Flyer (so carry one with you in your plane at all times!). They will endeavour to put you in touch with one or more volunteers, who can assist, near your location.
What is available?
Whatever the volunteers are prepared to offer. This could include use of a trailer, access to a workshop, tools, loan of parts, technical help, ferrying parts/people, accommodation, translation service, food, tea, coffee, beer or just sympathy. We will do all we can to get you on your way, but there are no guarantees. In reality, for most of us, a call for help will be a rare occasion.
Many members offer an open invitation to visiting Europa pilots just for a chat and a beer, so many new contacts and friends can be made through the service.
What does it cost?
No charge will be made for the service, but any expenses incurred by the club or a volunteer must be paid by the person using the service. Volunteers are not expected to charge for their time and effort. Any expenses they incur as a direct result of helping should be reimbursed without the need for them to ask. This is similar to the way LAA inspectors work in the UK. If volunteers are left out of pocket after putting themselves out to help, then they will not be to keen to help again – don’t abuse the service!
Availability and use of spare parts
The Club holds a small stock of available spare parts. In addition, members may be prepared to make available parts they have not yet used if this will get an aircraft back flying. Any parts supplied under this service must be REPLACED and delivered back to the depot/owner. The user is responsible for any carriage cost for both the outward and inward delivery.
There will be one parts depot initially which will be at Laddingford airfield in Kent. This location is strategic for serving continental travellers and UK owners.
If you have any spare parts or equipment that you think would be useful to the Rescue Service and you are prepared to donate, loan or sell to the club please contact the Membership Secretary with your offer.
Joining the volunteer list
You can get involved as much or as little as you like. An offer to make a few phone calls or give a lift to a local hotel is just as valuable as being able fly across the channel with parts or to turn up at the scene of crime with a trailer or mobile workshop. We do not expect volunteers to be ‘on call’ 24/7, waiting to go to the rescue. If you get a call and you can’t help, or it’s simply not convenient, you are under no obligation.
We are also compiling a list of inspectors who are prepared to travel out to inspect stricken aircraft if required, which will also be made available via a committee members.
The Europa has proved to be the perfect touring plane for me, and I have derived immense satisfaction from the many Europa Club trips I have been on round Europe, so it was a pleasure to become Trips Coordinator and look after future trips.
Many hours of flying models in my youth! 25 years of gliding, flying 30 different gliders. 1250 hours over 17 years PPL-A & TMG in 21 types of powered plane. Owned Falke and RS4 motorgliders. Five years and 132 hours of glider tugging (an awful lot of take off and landings!) in Pawnee, Bellanca Scout and Cub – all tail draggers. Have much enjoyed doing Mountain/Altiport rating and aerobatics (AOPA certificate). Of the 50+ types of aircraft I have flown only the RS4 and my DG300 glider come close to equalling the Europa for sheer flying pleasure!
Not a lot that one can talk about in polite company (much of my working life was devoted to getting 10,000 women pregnant!) I do have some aptitude and special tools for doing things in confined spaces!
Aircraft, and Current Status
Kit 402, work began 1 Jan 1999, having retired the night before. With background in gliding & tail-daggers it had to be a mono, and no regrets since. Did absolutely everything myself except spray the gel coat on. Finished Spring 2002, and 800+ hrs flown since. Have flown it to 20+ countries. Built a 115 litre long range tank and did a major uprate of panel in preparation for flying to Australia in 2009, but that plan shelved when my son developed Motor Neurone Disease. Have since had a number of exciting trips with him including to the North Cape.