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LAST EAC NEWSLETTER OF THE YEAR 2016

EAC NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2016

U R G E N T   – DIDN’T YOU FORGET TO REGISTER FOR OUR CONVENTION?

In early MARCH 2/3/4, with some courses and welcome reception on March 2 and the convention on March 3 and in the morning of March 3, our EAC convention will take place in MELIEHA, MALTA. Go to our site www.european-airshow.com to register and make sure you have the actual cheaper rate!!!

For hotel booking we ask you to refer to EAC 2017 and to send a mail to Joanne Vella at the DB Resort Hotel at jvella@dbhotelsresorts.com Only use this email address please!

If you don’t want a standard room and if you want the hotel to take care of the transfer from and to the airport, let her know, since they organize in an experienced way the shuttle to the hotel.

Already 100 people registered from 12 different nations. That’s half of you!

 U R G E N T – OUR OURSHOW GUIDE WILL BE PRESENTED AT HE EAC 2017

It is some years ago, but we shall make a new edition of the airshow guide mentioning all the performers, organizers, services of the European and Middle East airshow world(and all interested people and nations).

Whoever is interested to be mentioned in this booklet and whoever who wants to advert in it, contact gilbert@european-airshow.com

To organizers and performers we ask to check the last version of a couple of years ago(ADDED). Please amend your data or add them. If you are a show organizer, please mention your dates of 2017/2018/2019!;If you already sent your info, it will be added or amended/actualized.

 ITALIAN AIRSHOW GROUP GATHERED IN CODROIPO ON 21/22.12.2016

 Under the leadership of Albert Moretti, former leader of the Frecce Tricolori, a group of some 12 people gathered in Codroipo, next to the Air Force Base of Rivolto, homebase of the Frecce Tricolori. Gilbert – our chairman – has paid them a visit and was happy that the Italian colleagues met.

They studied the past airshow season and exchanged experiences. The Italian scene is very different from the rest of Europe and the world, since in Italy, the Aeroclub d’Italia in cooperation and close contact with the Aeronautica Militare(SMA) decide about the organisation of airshows.

The SMA looks at the international schedule and combines the invitations with the tasks of the team as an air force ambassador, such as flypasts at events or flypasts over Italian cities. Combining a choice of the first with the second, they decide when they are available for the rest and inform the Aeroclub d’Italia when the Italian shows are preferably organized in order to have the Italia Air Force support.

Since this is by the end of the year and sometimes even later, this is the moment on which the organizers or organizing cities can send their requests or invitations. This explains why our MOD’s get the Italian invitation so late compared to their usual planning/timing.

The Italian Aeroclub representative said that it is hard to organize an Italian show on an airfield or base. This is why they prefer seaside shows at the moment, with the disadvantage that they can’t charge the public and the financial challenge is big in that case;

The good thing is that display directors and organizers talk to each other and this helps to bring the quality of Italian airshows to the highest level.

THUNDERBIRDS TO RIAT 2016

 We are happy to see that the USAF Aerobatic Team the Thunderbirds will come to Fairford to participate in the next Royal International Air Tattoo. At the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the US Air Force it is great to see them appear in the United Kingdom.

SUCCESFUL FSA MEETING IN LYON IN EARLY DECEMBER

 In early December our French colleagues gathered in Lyon and had a very successful convention hosting almost 170 people with a rich educational program and a great result.

ICAS LAS VEGAS – ONE OF THE TOP YEARS

 The ICAS convention of Las Vegas was one of the best of the last decade;After the years of problems in which their teams were not allowed to fly airshows the sequestration period, the US airshows go to a renewal of their usual success;The educational programs were of a good quality and the atmosphere was excellent.

NEWS FROM UK BY BADA: AN ONLINE SYSTEM HAS BEEN CREATED FOR AIRSHOWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS APPLICATIONS

 From 1st December 2016, the Civil Aviation Authority will only be able to accept applications for Flying Displays and Specials Events, plus Unusual Aerial Activity notifications online.

This online system will replace the existing SRG1303 and SRG1304 form applications and allow you to:

  • Make multiple applications
  • Save the form to re-use
  • Calculate fees automatically
  • Pay by credit or debit card so we can start to assess your application immediately

And, as submissions are automatically verified, there is less chance of being able to submit an application without all the information the CAA need to process it. The CAA will continue to accept and process mail and email applications using SRG1303 and SRG1304 that are received or post marked 30 November 2016. But applications from the 1 December 2016 will have to be made online. As the majority of payments are already made by credit or debit card the CAA will be removing the BACS payment facility in the near future.

You can find more information on BADA website: www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Displays,-events-and-activities/Flying-displays-and-special-events/

 

PATROUILLE DE FRANCE(READ ON THE AIR AND SPACE SITE OF MELBOURNE SHOW):( to be confirmed!)

 The French Air Force Patrouille de France jet demonstration team will perform at the 2017 Melbourne Air and Space Show sponsored by Northrop Grumman, April 1-2, 2017 at the Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida! It is the first time in over 30 years that the Patrouille de France will perform in the United States.

The French Air Force Patrouille de France jet demonstration team will perform at the 2017 Melbourne Air and Space Show sponsored by Northrop Grumman, April 1-2, 2017 at the Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida! It is the first time in over 30 years that the Patrouille de France will perform in the United States

The Patrouille de France, or French Aerobatic Patrol, is to the French Air Force what the Thunderbirds are to the U.S. Air Force.  The team of 8 Alpha Jets perform a 30 minute show of precision formation and solo maneuvers with tri-colored red, white and blue smoke.  The team is based at Salon Air Force Base in France

 

PRESENTATION OF THE FRECCE TRICOLORI TEAM 2017 AND THE NEW POSTER!

 Traditionally the team thanks its neighbourhood, its sponsors and partners at the end of the season and presents its team, support team, engineers, PR and pilots to its public.The new commander of the team is Major Av Mirco Caffelli and the new team leader is Major Av Gaetano Farina. The PR team(speakers) if led by Tenente Deliberata d’Aniello. New in theam is Capt Av Franco Marocco.

NEWS FROM J O R D A N

 HM King Abdullah from Jordan has expressed the wish to organize an airshow in AQABA, Jordan on Oct 5, 2018 supported by the Ciry of Aqaba and the authorities of the country, including the air force. The RJ Falcons will soon also host a part of the famous Jordan Historic Flight in the hangar next to them. An interesting challenge and a promising future!.

 

EAC CONVENTIONS 2018/2019

 We can already announce that after considering the different candidates for hosting the EAC conventions of the futurer, we can announce that, as announced earlier we shall go back in 2018 to Antwerp and in 2019 to Athens. More info will be given later!

 

AND TO ALL OF YOU: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A SUCCESSFUL 2017!!!

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Statement

shoreham

We would like to react to the tragic incidents that occurred in Shoreham and Dittingen over the weekend. On Saturday August 22nd we saw the dramatic crash of a Hunter in the UK, another incident occurred today in Switzerland, during an airshow in Dittingen.

First of all we express our support and condolences for the families and friends of the victims. As airshow organizers, we work hard in our own country as well as in Europe, to professionalise everybody involved in airshows. As an organizer of whatever type of event we think it is our duty to do so.

We do not personally know the pilot or the organisers of the Shoreham Airshow, even though the airshow exists for years. The organisers are not a member of the European Airshow Council (EAC), but of the British BADA association. It is tragic the people became victims of the incident. As an organization we continuously work to mitigate the risks for visitors and the neighborhood; Traditionally UK has high standards and an outstanding reputation in terms of safety at airshows.

The organisers of the Dittingen airshow are long-time members of the EAC. In Dittingen, one of the pilots did not survive the incident. The other other pilot was able to land. There were no casualties on the ground.

Today it is too early to comment on the causes of both incidents. For that, we need to await the outcome of the investigation that is currently under way.

The damage that has been caused is severe but exceptional. We are convinced that we should proceed, together with the airforce and her experts, with the work that we have been doing over the past few years. The fascination for aviation in general and the interest in airshow among the audience is big. Next to state of the art planes and technology, also the historical element is of great importance..

We respect the obligation to adhere to very strict regulations. Every participant has to perform a mandatory rehearsal flight prior to the airshow, so that corrections or a stop of the show can be implemented if needed. During an airshow a flight safety committee of at least 3 experienced pilots, that are in constant and direct contact with the display director, will monitor every display.

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Airshows are about people

Ian logan

The FAI presented Air14 Airshow Director Col. GS Ian Logan with the FAI Diplôme d’Honneur during the “Inspiration Dinner” organised by the airshow committee in Payerne, Switzerland, on Saturday 30 August 2014. The award was attributed “In warm appreciation for his outstanding work as Meeting Director of Air14 and for the excellent promotion of aviation to the public during the airshow in Payerne”.

Five hundred selected participants were present, among them FAI Executive Director Beat Neuenschwander, FAI Secretary General Susanne Schödel, former and current international Air Chiefs as well as civil and military aviation personalities.

During the dinner, Mr Neuenschwander took the floor for a speech and highlighted the exemplary efforts for the promotion of young talents in Switzerland and the excellent civil-military partnership in the use of the Swiss airspace, before handing the Diploma to Col. GS Ian Logan. He congratulated him and the whole Event Team on the successful organisation of Air14, underlining the broad international appeal of the event and the wide success amongst the public, hoping that this great showcase of aviation would inspire many a youngster to start a career in aviation.

From August 29 and for about ten days, the AIR14 Airshow commemorates in Payerne, Switzerland, the 100 years of the Swiss Air Force, the 50th anniversary of the Patrouille Suisse and the 25th anniversary of the Swiss PC-7 TEAM. The event – the biggest ever organised in Switzerland – is expected to attract a total of more than 300’000 visitors which can enjoy a wide-ranged programme of aviation activities including demonstration flights of legendary aircraft, prestigious international aerobatic teams and powerful jets and the display of dozens of aircraft to dive back into the history of Swiss aviation.

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Special Achievement Awards from ICAS

Gilbert

ICAS presented two ICAS Special Achievement Awards during this year’s Chairman’s Banquet. The first went to Gilbert Buekenberghs of the European Airshow Council, the sister organization of ICAS in Europe. Buekenberghs has been the principal driving force behind the Sanicole International Air Show in Belgium for more than 30 years. But he was recognized by the ICAS Board of Directors for his pioneering work in establishing the EAC, an organization that is providing coordination, education and momentum to air show professionals throughout Europe.

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EAC Loses a good friend

Dieter Thomas

The Board of the EAC has lost one of its original Members who was an enthusiastic founder and supporter of the European Airshow Council when it became a more formal organisation meeting annually in Belgium.  Dieter Thomas participated in the early meetings that decided to make “Safety and Excellence at Airshows” the central theme of the new multi-national Airshow organisation.  With his enormous experience as a test and display pilot, Dieter was an important member of the Board and he played a full part in setting the objectives and ethics of the EAC.  An active Board Member he also was a forthright and clear speaker at the annual Conventions and his contribution to discussions amongst all delegates earned great respect.  In recent years Dieter stood down from the duties of Board Member but continued to give technical advice and support. His many friends and admirers within the world of airshows will miss his mischievous and infectious sense of humour and his willingness to help and advice to those who were less experienced than himself.

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Tribute to David Boddington

David Boddington

David was raised in Irchester, Northamptonshire and was the younger of two brothers.  Their home was close to Podington aerodrome and the sound of USAAF 8th Air Force B-17 Fortresses must have had a huge influence on their childhood and both their future passions. David spent his post war National Service in the RAF and trained as a pilot on Provost and Vampire aircraft.  His slightly cavalier attitude to regulation was shown when, on a solo cross country in a Provost, he made a very low pass over the fields behind his parents home.  He learned the hard way never to make such a spectacle twice as an observant neighbour reported him to the authorities.  Retribution followed which probably eliminated any further progress in the service. Having qualified as an architect David went into practice in Wellingborough but never ceased his interest in aviation.  His speciality was in radio controlled model aircraft and he was one of the foremost designers and builders of such machines.  Ultimately there must be countless thousands of modellers that have used his plans and kits to make successful and practical aircraft over past decades.  No doubt this will continue into the future as a fitting memorial to a talented and dedicated modelling legend. He was also a gifted writer having published many classic books on aeromodelling and was the editor of the best selling RCME magazine for many years along with other related publications. Ventures into the world of Film and TV led him to masterminding the “Wings” TV series.  This involved designing, constructing and flying large scale radio controlled replicas of early Edwardian era aeroplanes and into WW1 types.  He made Dakota’s for the “Airline” series and even ventured into full size aeroplanes when he designed the extensive modifications needed to a Tiger Moth to transform it into a BE2C for an American film company.  This was test flown at Sywell by his brother Charles.  However the film was never put into production.  The aircraft went to the USA where it was wrecked in an accident.  That very aeroplane is now being lovingly restored at Sywell by Charles’ son Matthew and should take to the air again after nearly 40 years of dust collection during 2010.  The Biggles biplane will rise once more.

David pioneered the flying and filming of large scale R/C model aircraft from a helicopter.  I remember being a passenger at Sywell in an Alouette 2, flown by the incomparable French chopper ace Gilbert Chomat in close, very close, formation with a “Mighty Mannock” semi-scale WW1 biplane.  David was in the back with his transmitter controlling the model with the utmost precision right from takeoff to landing.  Quite an experience for me but David was as cool as the proverbial cucumber. Full size aviation was never David’s consuming interest however when his elder brother Charles was killed in 1970 while filming in Ireland and flying a Miles built replica of an SE5A WW1 fighter he filled a vital role.  Charles, along with a number of fellow flying enthusiasts, had formed the Barnstormers Flying Circus in 1963 and by 1970 they were putting on up to 20 airshows each season right across the UK and Ireland.  Charles was the lynchpin of the organisation and its prime manager for, essentially, a loose association of like minded airshow pilots and enthusiasts.  His loss was an enormous tragedy but, no doubt after considerable thought, David stepped into the breach.

The pattern of previous years continued almost seamlessly under David’s guidance though there were times both happy and sad.  I well remember him driving me back to Sywell the day following my horrendous mid-air collision with Colin Goodman at Weston-Super-Mare.  We had been doing a flour bombing routine, Colin in his Tiger G-ANMO and myself in a borrowed Rothmans team Stampe  G-AYGR.  We collided at around 150 feet, meshed together and literally plummeted to earth.  Colin and his Blue Eagles team pilot passenger were badly injured but with the luck of the devil I escaped with a smashed bonedome, slight concussion and a huge bruise all the way down my right side from shoulder to ankle.  Our conversations on the way home certainly helped me come to terms with what had happened. Eventually the demands of his architectural practice and his modelling commitments meant that his management of the Barnstormers had to be passed on.  Mike Parker took over for many years before handing the reins to Ross Willis who, with the ever escalating costs associated with airshow organisation, gently let activity run down in the early years of the 21st century.  Displays right across the UK and many European venues had been organised for the entertainment of millions over some four decades.  The Flying Circus concept continues under the experienced guidance of Captain Dennis Neville and based at RAF Henlow.  Dennis cut his display wisdom teeth with the Barnstormers along with his delightful wife Tricia, now an accomplished display pilot herself. So many of the aerodromes where displays were mounted are no longer in existence.  Doncaster, Sunderland, Weston-super-Mare, Badminton, Dornsode, Ghent, Podington, Portsmouth and Fochabers come to mind…………  Ah well, tempus fugit…………….. As those with a classical education might say. But we sure had fun while it lasted and it lasted through well over half my lifetime.

After David had been diagnosed with cancer his condition deteriorated until he was admitted to hospital for an extended period.  The eventual prognosis was bad and he was recently discharged to go home.  Devoted care from Jill and the family made his final days as comfortable as was possible and this was aided by McMillan nurses who spent many hours looking after him.  The end was made easier with morphine to soften the pain but David finally slipped away from us in the late dark hours of 9th April   May he rest in peace and may Jill and his family derive comfort in the knowledge that their husband and father was an immense personality in General Aviation.  In fact he truly was a general and I am proud to have known him so well. Thank you David for being such an important part of my life in aviation.  Along with countless others I will miss your talents and humour.  Perhaps we may meet again in the fullness of time.  I do hope so for it would be a magic reunion with all those aviation friends who are now no longer with us.