European Business Aviation and Convention Geneva Cointrin AeroExpo, 27-30 May 2018 Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard This annual gathering of European Business Aviation Professionals continues to expand and impress. This year was blessed with excellent weather and a great turnout of exhibitors, aircraft and displays, ranging from heavy plant to virtual reality training aids. Excellent arrangements and fine catering options smooth the way and encourage positive dialogue for all attendees. Given the uncertainty of fuel prices and international politics it is more important than ever that our industry speaks with a common voice.
Wings and Wheels Show 2018 Stow Maries, Essex, UK, 20 May 2018 Report by Peter Davison This fairly recent initiative to re-open a former First World War Aerodrome and feature primarily replica aeroplanes in the context of the period fills a welcome, if belated, gap in UK aviation history. A well displayed Aviation Museum, period buildings and historic vehicles provide an educational insight into life in the early years of aviation.
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.