NBAA Convention 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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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Arctic Thunder Airshow 2016

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Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

30-31st July 2016

Report by Peter Davison

It was heavy metal that ruled the static park at this ever-popular Open House.

C-130 Hercules and Boeing C-17s provide the based logistics so important at this global crossroads to Asia. With a Red Flag Alaska exercise in the upcoming weeks at Eieilson AFB near Fairbanks and recent news that the F-35 was to arrive by 2020 there was an upbeat feeling for all things military at this years show. Over 130,000 visitors enjoyed reasonable weather and a full flying display.

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Farnborough International 2016

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Trade show, Farnborough, Hampshire, England 11th – 15th July 2016

Report by Peter Davison

It is becoming a tradition that Farnborough follows RIAT so the power of attraction concentrates the minds of military manufacturers and operators on even-numbered years. Hence, their is duplication of military items but Farnborough’s civil contributors and business oriented exhibition extends it’s coverage right across the aeronautical spectrum. Although the F-35 stole the headlines, it was the debut of the new airliners that opened cheque books.

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Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

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RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, England 8-10 July 2016

Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard

Well, what a show this year. The long awaited UK debut for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that cancelled at the last minute in 2015. Not satisfied with that and with it being a Farnborough year, the organisers attracted no less than six examples for our education and pleasure. Three Air Force A models from the training wing in Luke, Arizona, two B models from MCAS Beaufort , South Carolina and the first RAF B model. Combine that with an A330 tanker from Australia and Boeing 767 from Japan and you realise the extensive reach of the Air Tattoo team and the reputation of this, the largest military airshow in the world.

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