Lolland-Falster's Motor Flying Club
Lolland-Falster's Motor Flying Club was founded on January 14th 1943 at The Hotel Phoenix in Nykøbing F.
It was called Nykøbing Flying Club at the time and was meant to serve Nykøbing and the surrounding area. There were 48 participants at the founding meeting in addition to the invited press. The first president was Mayor A.V. Jensen.
For the first many years it was officers and cadets from the airbase Avnø that did the teaching of the necessary theory. The flights took place after the end of the war from fields made available by the various larger farms in the area.
In the late 50s the club tried to be assigned with a piece of land on Bøtø where Lolland-Falster's Gliding Club was placed at the time. However, they didn't get it and for a while the club ended up in a place near Forneby between Maribo and Våbensted.
Due to a period with not many activities, it was decided on a refounding meeting in 1965 to reorganize the club under the name 'Lolland-Falster's Flying Club'. The club moved to the newly built airfield at Højbygaard shortly after..
The club came into a blooming period where studens actually queued up to learn how to fly, and they could soon benefit from the asphalt coated runway and since then landing lights, which made flying by night possible. In 2002 Nakskov airfield closed, and the club teamed up with Nakskov Flying Club as the current name Lolland-Falster's Motor Flying Club. There were 130 members in the club at the time, and it was decided to build a clubhouse. The construction started in the spring of 2003, and the clubhouse was in service in autumn that same year.
Lolland-Falster's Motor Flying Club has currently approximately 100 members, the youngest beeing 17 years old and the oldest 94 years old. They all share the passion of flying, the urge to move freely and effortlessly above the clouds just like the birds, and the joy of being able to look at the Danish countryside from above.
The club organizes several events a year. These include excursions to some of the many Danish islands that have a small airfield, perhaps to northern Germany or southern Sweden. There are also navigation competitions, landing competitions, refreshing of theory, lectures, social events and much more.
The club's purpose is "to promote flight and the interest of it in the area". For this purpose the club has associated with it's own instructors, school flights and not least the permission of The Danish Transport Authority to run the flight school.
Through the years, many people have taken their PPL (Private Pilot License) in the club. This certificate is equivalent to a drivers license to a vehicle. Some have started their career as a pilot in the club where the PPL certificate is still the first step on the way. Several of these pilots have even returned to the club and in their spare time they help teach new students. Others may have at a late age lived an old childhood dream of one day being able to fly. Here, many learned that it's never too late. Quite a few believe that they for health reasons are unable to do so. But in fact it only requires an average good health.