Wanaka, Otago, South Island, New Zealand 30 March to 1 April 2018 Report by Peter and Kim Davison This biennial airshow is held at Easter, alternating with the themed event at Blenheim Omaka. It has a massive impact in the region fuelling full hotels and adding pressure to nearby cities, particularly the tourist activity mecca of Queenstown. Weather is also a factor as the region is famous for its surrounding mountains and fjords creating a similar but far greener backdrop than Las Vegas, Nevada, home of Red Flag. For thirty years Wanaka has provided a showcase for the considerable restoration expertise in New Zealand. Many world famous warbird collections have Kiwi restorers to thank for prime flying exhibits. There are close links to the New Zealand Warbirds organisation headquartered at Ardmore near Auckland.
Andravida Air Base, Greece 12th-23rd March 2018 Report by Peter Gregory What appears to have been the fourth of the International Iniochos Exercises took place at Hellenic Air Base, Andovida during March of 2018. A press day was arranged for the 20th March with participation from across Europe with over 140 representatives in attendance.
Tactical Leadership Programme 2018-1 Albacete Los-Llanos airbase Spain 29/1 - 23/2/2018 This multinational NATO programme is normally held four times a year. It was initially at Jever in Germany in 1979 before transferring to Florennes, Belgium in 1989. The need for more vigorous missions, night time operations and the lure of better weather forced the move south to Albacete in 2009.
Miramar Airshow, San Diego, California 22-24 September 2017 Report by Peter Davison Of all the US West Coast military airshows, the US Marine Corps at Miramar is a must see with only Edwards AFB having similar status. This massive base, well away from public view, is home to the training and attack squadrons of F-18 Hornets and the new MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotors, backed up by C-130 Hercules and H-53 Sea Stallions. With an aggressive 'can do' Marine Corps mission it was a welcome change to witness an attack demonstration rather than just civilian demonstrations.
54th National Air Races, Reno Stead Airfield, Nevada, USA 16-17th September 2017 Report by Peter and Kim Davison Immortalised by speed lovers worldwide, this famous event polarises the region bringing thousands to this desert city every year. For the first time visitor the secret is to arrive at least three days early when admission is less expensive, competitors and vendors are making ready and the atmosphere builds between trials and heats. This prepares you for the crowds and excitement of the weekend finals.
RSA Gathering, Brienne-le-Chateau, France, 28-30 July 2017 Report by Peter and Kim Davison The 'Rassemblement des Constructeurs Amateurs' represents aircraft homebuilders across France, those amateur fabricators who build their own light aircraft either from kits or completely of their own design. Projects are often completed in their own homes or at local airfields. The RSA provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge, a resource of technical knowledge and guidance on the complex regulations governing the design and operation of light aircraft. This regional gathering offers opportunities for members to share experiences in an informal atmosphere.