Friends of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (FODSA) was established in February 2005 by a small group of people who had previously been part of Fly Finningley (Finningley Locals say Yes). The FLY group was formed in 1998 by like minded people who agreed that it was in the best interests of South Yorkshire and the surrounding districts for the old Finningley RAF base to be turned into an international airport. The group gave support to the planning application, actively collecting many thousands of letters of support for the development. People from FLY group also gave evidence at the Public Inquiry and indeed received praise, for the quality of their evidence, from counsel representing both those for and against the development.
The FODSA group is not unique and has followed the footsteps of Friends of Liverpool Airport (FOLA) whom they have to thank for help setting up their own organisation. However, as FOLA point out in their own literature, it is almost unique to have a friends association, when elsewhere, many other airports have to battle it out with pressure groups. However, we do aim to be an independent and non-political organisation and hope to gather members from near and far.
We aim to promote Doncaster Sheffield Airport at each and every opportunity, through encouraging its preservation, development and improvement. We also help to inform public opinion by providing advice and information about the airport, the airlines that use it and the services available from it. We hold regular group meetings and organise visits to places of interest along with our quarterly newsletter that’s distributed free to members.
These broad objectives are put into practice in a variety of ways and we aim to assist the airport to develop its potential in every way possible. Assisting the airport by providing additional hands for distribution of advertising material and in other promotional activity. In due course we also hope our members will be acting as guides to visiting school parties. We will also help to keep the airport in the public spotlight by writing to the press and prominent people regarding subjects that affect the airport and it’s operations.
FODSA meet once a month. They are held in The Duxbury Lecture Theatre, which is the second building on the right hand side of the airport approach road after turning at the Hayfield Lane traffic lights.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday in the month and are open to all members and commence at 7:30pm and usually last about one and a half hours. The meetings provide an opportunity to obtain news on airport activities. There is a good deal of open discussion on matters relating to FODSA and details of the society correspondence. Occasionally we have visits from the airport’s management team to update us with the latest news and, if time permits, answer questions from the floor.
FODSA produce a quarterly, member contributed newsletter containing views and articles about the airport and its environs. It also has news about our FODSA activities.
Special events and trips
We have a social secretary and organise outings to places of interest.
Past visits have included:
- London Stansted Airport
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport
- Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Control Tower and the Fire Station
- RAF Hendon and RAF Scampton to see the Red Arrows- Elvington Air Museum
- The Imperial War Museum at Duxford
- The Royal Air Force Museums at London and Cosford
All our members have the opportunity to take part.
FODSA has its own website, [fodsa.co.uk](http://www.fodsa.co.uk), regularly updated with information about the FODSA group and the airport. There is up to date news about visiting aircraft, passenger statistics, and photographs and videos of interesting aircraft.
For details about becoming a member, visit our website.