EBACE 2024

EBACE 2024, Palexpo, Geneva Cointrin Airport, Switzerland 28-30 May. Report by Peter Davison & Colin Coulthard Although some of the major players; notably Gulfstream and Bombardier, lacked a major presence in the static park, they continue to dominate the large business jet sector. Their is even speculation that the 2025 show, scheduled for 20-22 May 2025, might not happen in this style. However, the halls were packed with companies showcasing creativity and innovation. Problems with Brexit, global conflicts and environmental issues continue though perhaps the increasing demand for flexible and convenient airborne communication says more about the state of 'ordinary' commercial airline provision that requires more time at the airport than in the air.

Popham Microlight Show

Popham Microlight Trade Show 4-5 May 2024 Report by Peter and Kim Davison This annual microlight event showcases the rapid development of this sector. Numerous new designs, often from the former Eastern Block nations, bring modern technology and lightweight materials combining with engine maturity. Those slightly lower down the income scale can inspire the young and increase aerial mobility to a level unheard of a few decades ago. The only shadow cast across the event was a planning proposal to build housing on the airfield without any mention of its present use.

Warbirds over Wanaka 2024

Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand 29-31 March 2024 Report by Peter and Kim Davison After cancellation due to the pandemic in 2020 and 2022, justice was served when rare perfect weather blessed this, the greatest southern hemisphere warbird airshow. Both the Saturday and Sunday sold out in advance, creating a few traffic issues but hailed as a resounding success by attendees from many countries. This year's star exhibit being the first showing of the freshly restored de Havilland Mosquito from AVspecs at Ardmore, prior to it being shipped to new owners in the USA.

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Mosquito public debut, Wanaka, New Zealand, March 29th-31st 2024 Report by Peter and Kim Davison WOW stands for ‘Warbirds over Wanaka’ the greatest warbird airshow in the southern hemisphere held at Easter on the South Island of New Zealand on even numbered years. WOW is also what many exclaim when the see this amazing restoration to flight of this de Havilland Mosquito the ‘wooden wonder’.

Moth Club Meet – New Zealand

Taupo Gliding Club, New Zealand, 16-17th March 2024 Report by Peter and Kim Davison The Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand aims to nurture an interest in flying and sharing the magic and history of classic and vintage aircraft; particularly the de Havilland Tiger Moth. A dedicated group of like-minded enthusiasts formed the club at Taumarunui in 1969 and their common interests have grown to include types such as Chipmunks and Stearmans though, on this occasion, it was the DH82 Tiger Moth that dominated. The Sunday at Taupo on North Island also included the Clubs AGM. Fortunately fine weather blessed the calendar after two very wet days in the area.

Malta International 2023

Luqa Airport and St Paul's Bay, Malta 23-24th September 2023 Report by Peter & Kim Davison This biennial gathering on a Mediterranean island was disrupted by Covid so had not been held since 2018; hence the local population was ready and waiting in large numbers, particularly with advanced notice that the RAF Red Arrows would grace their skies. With the commercial airport now busier than ever, particularly with low cost carriers, only the static display was held at the airport with an afternoon flying display to the north at St Paul's Bay providing a free show for coast lovers. Sadly, due to extreme winds and concerns for a maritime rescue should there be an incident, the Sunday display had to be cancelled.

Grass Roots Fly-in 2023

Popham Airfield, Hampshire, UK, 18-20th August 2023 Report by Peter & Kim Davison & Colin Coulthard This eagerly awaited event is the annual gathering for microlight and homebuilt aircraft from around the United Kingdom. Although the early weather forecast looked fine a wind and rain event scuppered arrivals on the Friday but had blown through by Saturday lunchtime. Around 150 visiting aircraft arrived followed by nearly a hundred on Sunday.