Microlight Trade Fair 2023

Popham Airfield, Winchester, Hampshire, UK 29-30 April 2023 Report by Peter and Kim Davison This annual festival of lightweight aviation incorporates a compact trade event with lectures, talks and sales areas with a popular start to Britain's shrinking airshow diary. Blessed with some of the best spring weather of the year, not only did it attract over two hundred microlight aircraft but also hundreds of enthusiasts keen to exercise their cameras and notebooks after a grey, damp winter and early spring.

Northolt Photoshoot 2023

RAF Northolt night photoshoot 16 March 2023 Report by Colin Coulthard RAF Northolt's Night Photoshoots started in January 2009 as a way to help fund raise for the restoration of Building 27 at RAF Northolt. Building 27 was built in 1928/9 and became RAF Northolt's Sector Operations Building, part of the Dowding system of Air Defence. Between 1936 and 1939 ACM Hugh Dowding used the building to develop what was to become the world's first Integrated Air Defence System. It closed as an operational operations building on 17th June 1940 due to its vulnerability to air attack Post WW2 it became offices, initially as the marketing department of embryonic British European Airways (BEA) who were based at Northolt between 1946 and 1954. It later served as various admin. offices for 32 Squadron.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022

Whittman Field, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA 25-31 July 2022 Report by Peter and Kim Davison This event just keeps getting bigger! Attendance: Approximately 650,000 – A record total (previous mark: 642,000 in 2019) and 7 percent above 2021’s attendance of 608,000. Total aircraft: More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. At Wittman alone, there were 18,684 aircraft operations in the 11-day period from July 21-31, which is an average of approximately 121 takeoffs/landings per hour when the airport is open. Total showplanes: 3,226 included: 1,375 registered in vintage aircraft parking, plus 1,156 homebuilt aircraft (up 6 percent over 2021), 369 warbirds (up 5 percent from ’21), 137 ultralights, 87 seaplanes, 77 aerobatic aircraft, and 25 rotorcraft.

Farnborough 2022

Farnborough International, Hampshire, UK 18-22 July 2022 Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard After the excitement of the Air Tattoo (see previous post), this was a cooler and toned down event; now lacking the public weekend with only the Friday for educational visitors. Sadly, those exhibitors that previously started dismantling before the public got to be 'inspired' now started departures on Thursday with even some star attractions like the 777-9 departing back to their test programs. Having attended all the shows since 1964 I have never seen such open spaces at this world famous showcase now becoming a four day trade show. Hopefully the sales generated will cover the costs.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2022

RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, UK 15-17th July 2022 Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard Well, what a scorcher! Record temperatures, record crowd and a mind-blowing selection of exhibits both static and flying. After two years off the calendar a memorable return of the World's greatest military airshow. Given the global security situation the amazing gathering of aircraft from across the planet pays tribute to the atmosphere of cooperation and mutual support created by the team behind this inspirational event.

UK Grand Prix Helicopters

Turweston Airfield, Buckinghamshire, England, Sunday 3rd July 2022 Report by Peter and Kim Davison Turweston is unusual in these days of General Aviation airfield closures in that it has grown in status over the last decade. This is partly due to it being the Headquarters of Britain's Light Aircraft Association (LAA) with a new tower, restaurant plus enhanced library and training facilities on site.