Rotary f lyer maps Tay for RNLI

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RECENTLY the Guide & Gazette reported on the exploits of a past-president of the Rotary Club of Monifieth and District whose hobby is racing classic cars around the circuits of Europe.

Barely a year after he broke both legs in a smash not of his own making at Donington Park, 67-year-old John Fyda won the FIA Lurani Trophy round of the GP de l’Age d’Or event at the Circuit Dijon-Prenois in France in June.

Now another past-president of the club has demonstrated the eternal youth of the membership with another slightly less hair-raising achievement, but this time in the air.

Flying enthusiast Mike McGreavey has played a key part in providing the Broughty Ferry lifeboat with photographic reconnaissance of the ever-changing sandbanks along the Tay to assist the RNLI men in cutting response times and finding safe channels on their rescue missions.

Mike flew as observer and photographer along with pilot Keith Boardman in a Skywatch Civil Air Patrol aircraft from the Scottish Aero Club at Scone.

The Skywatch patrol is a public service organisation using privately-owned aircraft flown by pilots and observers who voluntarily and freely give their time, expertise and resources to provide aerial observation where it can be of benefit to the communities in which they operate.

Mike and Keith used Keith’s Vans RV-12 aircraft which he built himself in his garage.

Mike, who is also a pilot and member of the Scottish Aero Club, has a special connection with the Broughty Ferry lifeboat as the RNLI’s deputy launching authority. The photographs and video footage taken on this reconnaissance will be used to help prepare a new training programme for the Broughty Ferry crew. Sailing and boating clubs will also benefit.

Mike, whose business is very much on the ground - in carpets - was president of the Monifieth and District Rotary Club in 1999-2000.

The Rotary club’s current president, Stuart Robison, commented: “Rotarians are committed to service to the community. It is good to see our members pursuing this commitment in all sorts of areas both inside and outside the Rotary movement.”