AeroExpoUK 2017

AeroExpo and HeliUK Expo 2017

Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, England 1-3 June 2017

Report by Peter and Kim Davison

This, the twelfth Aero Expo, was returning to Wycombe after a long stay at Sywell and what a great move. A more visitor friendly airport with improved viewing opportunities and increased hangar space for trade stands, seminars and facilities. The helicopter competitions were balanced and visible witout any conflict with the numerous GA visitors from across the country; the slight decrease in European visitors more due to weather warnings than the more southern location requiring navigation close to the London zone. Generally the weather was fine and warm over all three days.

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EBACE 2017

Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland, 22-24th May 2017

Report by Peter Davison, Peter Gregory and Colin Coulthard

This years European Business Event was blessed with warm sunshine and high visitor numbers. Now a mature global showcase for all aspects of Business Aviation, supported by the NBAA and EBAA, this provides a unique opportunity to witness new developments across the sector. A repositioned and enlarged static display was now served by an efficient shuttle bus service from the enormous indoor displays welcoming guests from across the continent.

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NBAA Convention 2016

Orlando Executive Airport, Herndon, Florida 1-3 November 2016

Report by Peter Davison and Peter Gregory

The National Business Aviation Association Convention operates at two sites; the static display of over 100 aircraft with ample space for visiting aircraft and The Orange County Convention Centre where the spectacular display stands showcase all the best and useful aspects of executive aviation. Over 20,000 delegates attended this year’s show.

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Patuxent River NAS Open House

Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, USA

29-30 October 2016

Report by Peter Davison and Peter Gregory

This rarely held event promises the opportunity of seeing test aircraft from the famous Navy Test Pilot School. These often modified examples enjoy bright colour schemes and rarely leave the base since they are dedicated to evaluation, systems development and weapons clearance. Unfortunately, this year, only the rotary exhibits featured strongly and then only in the static display. A fairly last minute cancellation by the Blue Angels adding to the disappointment of the large and enthusiastic crowd.

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Hahnweide Oldtimer Fly-in 2016

Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2016

Hahnweide Gliding Site, Germany 9-11 September 2016

Report by Peter and Kim Davison

This annual gathering of vintage and veteran aircraft, just south of Stuttgart, grows in popularity every year. This year it coincided with the last weekend of the local school holidays and extremely hot weather and attracted huge crowds on the weekend.

There were over a hundred classic aeroplanes, any six of which would be star attractions at many less specialist events. Being a long, thin, grass runway, gliding field, one might also conclude that the event is in danger of outgrowing the venue. The closeness and aspect of the runway creates some fine photo opportunities despite the sun being in your eyes in the afternoon.

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Swedish Air Force – 90th Anniversary

Malmen Air Base, Linkoping, Sweden, 27-28th August 2016

Report by Peter Davison

Malmen is the main helicopter base for the Swedish Armed Forces. It has re-equipped over the last decade with Agusta 109s and Sikorsky Blackhawks being the main players. These types featured heavily in the flying display and static park along with a variety of international visitors.
Malmslatt is also home to the Swedish Air Force Museum and a growing historic flight including the jet fighters from SAAB that are built at the nearby Linkoping factory.

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