Paris Air Show 2017

Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France 20th-25th June 2017

Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard

Having visited every Paris Salon since 1973 I can confirm that this event enjoyed, or suffered, the hottest weather on record. This spectacular trade show brings together all the aviation nations to showcase their products both in the extensive exhibition halls and, in the air or on static display, their latest products. An amazing number of commercial orders were either negotiated or announced with Boeing’s 737 MAX taking the top spot. This failed to distract from the massive lead Airbus enjoys having brought the A321 to market well ahead of the Boeing product.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

Arctic Thunder Airshow 2016

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.

Continue reading...