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MINUTES OF THE AGM OF THE CFSA HELD AT RAFC CRANWELL ON 19 OCTOBER 2017

Present

AVM (Ret) Gavin Mackay President/Chairman
Gp Capt Fin Monahan Comdt CFS
Sqn Ldr (Ret) Tim Dean Hon Treasurer
Wg Cdr (Ret) Mike Brooke Hon Sec

9 other CFSA Members

In Attendance: Mrs Judith Cross PA to Comdt CFS

ITEM 1 - WELCOME

1. The Chairman welcomed everyone to the 2017 AGM and Reunion, and thanked the Comdt CFS for making time in a very busy day to be present.

ITEM 2 – ADMIN NOTICES

2. The Chairman advised members of the transport details for attendance at the evening’s dinner. He also reminded those occupying rooms in Daedalus Officers’ Mess to pay direct before departing.

ITEM 3 - APOLOGIES

3. Apologies had been received from our Patron, Air Marshall Sir Dusty Miller, and 30 other members; their names are at Annex A.

ITEM 4 – MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING

4. The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted as a true and accurate record.

5. Matters Arising: The subject of continuing subsidies to events would be discussed under Item 5.

The Chairman thanked Comdt CFS for inviting members of the Association to attend the RAFAT display at Cranwell on 21 Jul this year; feedback had shown that it was much appreciated. Comdt CFS responded that he hoped to be able to repeat the offer in 2018.

The Chairman welcomed the new Hon Sec to the CFSA Committee. A vote on his appointment was supported unanimously.

ITEM 5 – FINANCIAL REPORT

6. The Hon Treasurer supplied copies of the CFSA fund balance sheet (at Annex B) and talked the members through the various entries. He pointed out that the balance over the past four years had fallen by just over £1,000 and asked whether subsidies should continue in future. The Chairman proposed that over the next two years the association should aim to balance the books with a closing balance in 2019 of around £5000. This could mean that costs might rise and subsidies reduce.

Action: CFSA Committee.

7. The Hon Sec informed members that the Association’s holding of stock had reduced to just a few items. For the forseeable future, small and reducing numbers of new members meant that it would be uneconomic to re-stock, because of the minimum sizes of orders required. He undertook to send a copy of the current inventory to the Hon Sec for publication. Action: Hon Treasurer & Hon Sec.

Secretary’s note: the stock list is at Annex C.

ITEM 6 – COMDT CFS’S REPORT

8. The Comdt introduced himself, and gave a presentation on how he had initiated a wide-ranging review of how CFS should fit into the RAF of the 21st century. Over the past 20 years or so, the progressive decentralisation of CFS has led to the HQ being more of a virtual than a real centre of command and control. In Dec 16, the HQ held a major conference to review CFS activity and to ensure it remains a valid paradigm for the future. Although HM Forces may have reduced in numbers UK air power is extremely potent and world leading thanks to major equipment procurement programmes such as F35, A400M and a total renewal of all training platforms. Pleasingly, the training system is still regarded extremely highly abroad and CFS remains world leading. However, new platforms coming into service, such as F-35 and A400M, and the increasing inclusion of combat UAVs, drove a need to review how best to train instructors for the future. CFS is collaborating with a number of universities to explore new methods of instructing as flying training increasingly makes use of simulators and the rapidly evolving technologies that are emerging on UK flying platforms. The Comdt concluded this part of his contribution with a diagram of the elements of the envisaged training system with its feedback loops.

9. RAFAT. The RAFAT was now playing an ever wider role within the UK’s drive to expand trade with countries around the world. Last year’s very successful Far East tour had included China for the first time ever, and this autumn’s displays around the Middle East attracted many thousands of spectators. Through displays and extensive social media, the Team has been exposed to over 1.5 billion people around the world in the last year. Team members were now attending and engaging with more embassies and trade delegations than in the past, and were no longer participating solely in defence-led sales campaigns.

10. Overseas Contacts. Comdt CFS said that visits by Exam Wing to overseas air forces continue; recently to Hong Kong, Pakistan and Oman, with further visits planned to Qatar, Malta and a return to Hong Kong in the near future. This exposure to other training and operating systems continued to have many benefits for both CFS and the RAF.

ITEM 7 – AOB

11. Future CFSA Events. Ivor Gibbs proposed that some future reunions might be held at the RAF Club. After discussion, it was decided to explore the possibility of a CFSA Luncheon being held at the Club in Spring 2018, with the main Reunion and AGM being held at Cranwell in the autumn. John Davy offered to be the POC with the RAF Club should the Committee decide to pursue that option. The Hon Sec would canvas members’ support for the various options. Action: Hon Sec

12. CFS Museum. John Davy asked if CFS students visited the CFS Museum as part of their training syllabus. Mrs Cross stated that Cranwell IOT students did, but not student QFIs. The meeting agreed that, should it be feasible, the museum should be opened so that the CFS students could see the history of the world’s oldest flying school. Action Request: HQCFS

13. After Note: Award of Honorary Membership. Following the AGM, the Committee proposed the Award of Honorary Membership to Mr Ken Wilson, of Cranwell Village, who had recently retired from his long-standing position in charge of maintaining the Cranwell-based CFS Tucano, and – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the CFS – was dined out during the Reunion Guest Night. Those members who had attended the AGM were contacted, and unanimously endorsed the Award of Membership. Action: President CFSA

ITEM 8 – DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING

17. Decision. It was decided that the next CFSA Reunion, AGM and Dinner be held on a date TBC by the CFSA Committee. Action: CFSA Committee

HG MACKAY President CFSA

Annex A: Apologies
Annex B: Statement of CFSA Account for Period 23 Jul 2013 to 19 Oct 2017
Annex C: CFSA Stock Disposal

ANNEX A

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – (in order received)

Bill Carswell (Canada)
Dickie Lees (Italy)
Peter Bruce
Ian Wormald
Boz Robinson (Thailand)
Robin Turner
Olly Knight
John Robinson
Colin Deeley
Tom Eeles
Beryl Dennet Stannard (France)
Martyn Redmore
Richard Head
Peter Saundby

Peter Frame
Adrian Hands
Mike Underdown
David Symons
Gerald Riddett (France)
Mike Gibson
Mike Collins
Michael Marson
Leo Nash
Kevin Marsh
Simon Bostock
Dennis and Cheryl Barber
John Brown
John Temple
David Tanne

ANNEX B

Statement of CFSA Account for Period 23 July 2013 to 19 Oct 2017

Income

Expenditure

Balance

Date

Balance

£0.00

1 Jan 2013

Reunion 2013

£1,051.00

£935.71

£115.29

CFS Transfer

£6,192.49

£6,307.78

Membership

£20.00

£6,327.78

Website

£82.16

£6,245.62

Sales

£15.50

£6,261.12

Balance

£6,261.12

1 Jan 2014

Reunion 2014

£1,004.00

£905.23

£6,359.89

Membership

£10.00

£6,369.89

Sales

£27.00

£6,396.89

Balance

£6,396.89

1 Jan 2015

Reunion 2015

£725.00

£670.66

£6,451.23

Sales

£26.00

£6,477.23

Website

£38.39

£6,438.84

Expenses (Treas)

£6.50

£6,432.34

Balance

£6,432.34

1 Jan 2016

Reunion 2015 Rebate

£425.00

£6,007.34

Reunion 2016

£372.57

£861.00

£5,518.91

Sales

£56.00

£5,574.91

Balance

£5,574.91

1 Jan 2017

Reunion 2017

£805.00

£6,379.91

Website

£59.49

£6,320.42

Membership

£10.00

£6,330.42

Expenses (Hon Sec)

£64.51

£6,265.91

Current Balance

£6,265.91

19 Oct 2017

Estimated Reunion 2017 Cost

£1,058.00

£5,207.91

Balance (Estimated)

£5,207.91

1 Jan 2018

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Reunion Grants 2015, 2016 & 2017

Summary for Reunion 2015

Income

Expenditure

Attendees 15 @ £45

£675.00

Rebate 15 @ £25

£375.00

ISS Charge for Dinner and AGM refreshments

£670.60

£675.00

£1,045.60

Grant from CFSA Account

-£370.60

Per Head

-£24.71

Summary for Reunion 2016

Income

Expenditure

Attendees 17 @ £20 + 1@£32.57

£372.57

ISS Charge for Dinner

£586.26

AGM Refreshments & Post Dinner Drinks

£117.74

Lunch at Wittering

£67.00

Barnes Taxi - Off base transport @ Cranwell

£90.00

£372.57

£861.00

Grant from CFSA Account

-£488.43

Per Head

-£27.14

Estimate for Reunion 2017

Income

Estimated Expenditure

Attendees 23 @ £35

£805.00

ISS Charge for Dinner

£828.00

AGM Refreshments & Post Dinner Drinks

£130.00

Barnes Taxi - Off base transport @ Cranwell

£100.00

£805.00

£1,058.00

Grant from CFSA Account

-£253.00

Per Head

-£14.88

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ANNEX C

CFSA Stock Disposal

The following items are available - offers considered!!

Polo Shirts

Stock

Original Cost

Navy Blue

large

2

£10.89

Blazer Badges

2

£7.86

CFSA Bow Ties

5

£7.85

For more information please contact Tim Dean by email to cfsa2014@aol.com

CFSA Ties remain available to purchase at £12.50 +P&P