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OBITUARY John Lipowski

In loving memory of John Lipowski.

Aged 73, John passed away just before Christmas in St Andrews Hospice, Airdrie. He had been ill for some time, and I consider myself very fortunate to have visited him the night before he died. The church service, cremation and hotel were packed with people wishing to pay their final respects.

Judging by the numbers in attendance, John was very well regarded.

He lived and taught Mathematics in Lanarkshire before his retirement due ill health. I knew John for nearly 50 years through Aeromodelling. We had and enjoyed a common interest in control line flying. John was a good competitor and was the type of person who formed the backbone of the SAA.

His model flying goes back to the 60’s when he was an avid member Larkhall Control Line Club before joining the newly formed club in Hamilton. This was followed by a stint at East Kilbride Club before finally joining Motherwell where he was the secretary of MADMAC until 5 years ago. John also travelled to flying competitions in England and was well known by the competitors. He was a most helpful person, always willing to lend a hand and let others borrow his equipment. Over the years, in his role as schoolteacher, he introduced Aeromodelling to many young students. John has created a legacy that will be hard to follow and his good all round competitive spirit is noteworthy of a second mention. He was also a reliable individual aiming to complete what he promised to deliver. I found this obituary easy to compile and relied on useful information from others.

Our sincere condolences go to his wife Eleanor, his two sons and their respective families.

He will be sadly missed. Gone but definitely not forgotten. A fellow whom I classed as my friend.

Thanks to the SAA for permission to send this article

Thank you
John L Davidson.


The SAA Council would like to extend it's condolences to John's family


22/12/22 !!!! --------- The SAA Article 16 has been RENEWED 22nd Dec 2022 unti 31st Dec 2023 !!!! ------------------

Good morning all,

Following the sterling efforts of Council over an extended period, I have great pleasure in announcing that the SAA have been granted authorisation to operate under Article 16. Special thanks must go to Barry Widley and Bob Lemm in getting us to this stage.

The Article 16 Authorisation document will be posted on the website, it will be emailed to all club secretaries for distribution to members and country members and I would ask all members to read the document and ensure that they understand it and adhere to the conditions stated therein.

Happy Landings

Best Regards
Steve McDonald
SAA Chairman

Please see Documents Page for the SAA Article 16 Authorisation from The CAA



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