MAYORS VISIT TO ROCHESTER AIRPORT AND MAPS
A visit by the Mayor and Mayoress of Medway, Councillor Stuart Tranter and his wife Sarah, to the workshop of MAPS on Wednesday August 24 saw them give their support for the current project, the restoration of a Rochester built Short Scion Feeder Airliner. Accompanied by Dr. Anne Logan, Assistant Warden of the Rochester Bridge Trust, Councillor Sylvia Griffin-Rochester South and Horsted Ward and Erica Jones, the PR representative of Maxim-PR, the visitors were welcomed by MAPS Chairman, Malcolm Moulton and fellow directors. A tour of the visitors centre was followed by a visit to the main workshop where the volunteers were working on restoring this rare aircraft which began its life at Rochester Airport as a float plane in 1937. Introduced to the team leader on the project, Robin Heaps, it was explained to the assembled guests that the work on the Scion was only possible thanks to a generous grant from The Rochester Bridge Trust and the continued support from BAE Systems.
After refreshments a visit to the control tower showed just how an airport controls the aircraft flying in and out with the Mayoress particularly, having an interest in aviation, putting some interesting questions to the controller, Julia Camp. A tour of the main hangar courtesy of the airport manager Kelvin Carr concluded the visit shortly after which the Mayor was pleased to send the following email. (See attached email from the Mayor).
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