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OUR NEWSLETTER CAN BE EVEN CONSULTED ON THE SITE AND ON A SMARTPHONE!
EAC CONVENTION 2017 – 2/3/4 MARCH
At our board meeting of Oct 11, the Board has agreed to have the program ready by the end of October;In any case the Viper meet for display pilots will take place, led by Manolis Karhalios and Joerg Thrunheer and we contune the good habit to bring together our display directors on Thursday afternoon as well.
Malta Seabank hotel is ready to host you. We have invested in the improvement of the audiovisual means and light in the Convention Dome.
EAC CONVENTION 2018 – 1/2/3 MARCH
Our 1.2.3 March 2018 meeting dates have been fixed. We shall decide early November where this well he held. And keep you posted!
BOB DIXON STOPS SERVING THE BOARD, BUT NOT COMPLETELY
After years of continuity and good service together with Sue, Bob has ended his presence at the EAC Board meetings. However he will help putting the website together with Pablo and continue the fruitful partnership with Joe Ciliberti, staying part of the airshow family which is – as he said – all about fun! Together they stimulated the growth of our airshow family from 30 up to 250 delegates, keeping all the delegates happy and serving all of them. Words of gratefulness are more than well in place here! An airshow legend leaves our board, but he will continue as a delegate and we’ll see him in Malta.
TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS ATTENDED THE MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME
Zbynek Pavlacik and Jean-Noël Bouillaguet, from Czech Republic and France have joined the Board and have participated in the first board meeting in London. We are happy they joined the board!
John CUDAHY , CEO/Chairman ICAS will speak at EAC
Amongst others, John will talk to us about the ‘rules’ of USA airshows in a way we can learn from each others and work with comparable standards when performers change continent!
BACK IN HISTORY
For those who did not know, I want to remember that the EAC, inspired by ADA(in UK) started to get together on an informal basis in Genk(Belgium) with people like Jacques Bothelin, the RIAT people Paul Bowen and Tim Prince, Ed De Bruijn and Joe Ciliberti, led by Gilbert. The next meetings have been in Eindhoven(NL), Reims(FR), Parma(IT) and Malta. Afterwards we have met so many years in Belgium: Hasselt, Brussels and Antwerp to go afterwards for 2 years to Malta.
A I R R A C E 1(sent by JEFF ZALTMAN)
Thailand to host Air Race 1
Thailand will become the first country in the history of the Asia Pacific region to hold a pylon air race, featuring multiple airplanes racing directly against each other. The Sports Authority of Thailand will host the race at the U-Tapao Naval Air Base on 19-20 November 2016. Air Race 1 is the international level of the sport known as formula one air racing. It is pure air racing in which eight airplanes race simultaneously at speeds of 450kph vying to cross the finish line first after eight laps.
Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, The Minister of Tourism of Thailand, said: “Thailand is very happy to have won a bid to host this unique event. Thailand prides itself on being on being a leader on the cutting edge of the tourism industry and by inviting the Air Race 1 – the most elite level of air race – Thailand is solidifying its position as a top destination in Asia. We look forward to a long collaboration with Air Race 1 and we welcome the pilots, the teams and the thousands of fans that enjoy this sport.”
Rear Admiral Luechai Sri-Eam Gool, Commander of U-Tapao Naval Airbase, stated: “We are pleased to offer the support of our international airport to Air Race 1 in a joint effort to make history in the region. We are delighted to share an exciting and fun event with our local community and international tourists alike.”
Jeff Zaltman, CEO of Air Race 1, said: “Thailand is truly innovating and pioneering in sports tourism. We are honored to have been invited by such a remarkable country to showcase our sport to new and eager audiences. Thailand is a beautiful country, rich in culture and with a long tradition in sports of all kinds. We are proud to be able to introduce something that is not only new to Thailand, but new to the entire continent. And we are very privileged to cooperate with the Royal Thai Navy and U-Tapao Airport, which offer us such fine facilities and expertise.”
The 2016 Air Race 1 event at U-Tapao Airport will be a test event to launch and promote the sport in Thailand. In 2017 a full Air Race 1 World Cup event is planned.
Air Race 1 is pure motorsport at its fastest.It is a thrilling test of pilot skill based upon the long-runningsport known as formula one air racing. The world’s best race pilots compete to bethe first one to cross the finish. Eight airplanes race directly against each otherat speeds of over 450kph around a tight 5km circuit just 1.5km end to end.Formula one airplanes are a specifically defined airplane class with over 70 years of history which sets strict parameters regarding wing area, engine size and other technical characteristics. Air Race 1 is the top international title in the sport and is sanctioned by all three international formula air racing associations. Air Race 1 World Cup is the event name and trading name of Air Race CC Ltd, which iregistered in the United Kingdom and has a base of operations in Spain. Air Race 1 is comprised of highly-regarded industry-leading experts who have extensive experience in organizing and promoting air racing and air sports competitions on a global scale and who work hard to ensure this race is both safe and a monumental success for all. Note: The sport of formula one air racing has no connection to nor relationship with the sport of formula one car racing nor any other automobile race or organization.
RED ARROWS ON THE ROAD… they left for a big tour!
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that the RAF’s display team will perform their world-famous aerobatics with displays and flypasts for the first time ever in China, and are due to perform in countries including India, Malaysia and Singapore. Planning is under way to finalise details of the Red Arrows deployment, which follows an invitation for the aerobatic team of Hawk T1 aircraft to perform at the Zhuhai Airshow as part of the UK’s GREAT campaign.
The Strategic Defence and Security Review made clear the UK’s commitment to the Asia Pacific region, and to building relationships to address global challenges. Following visits to Japan in January and Singapore in May, Mr Fallon confirmed that RAF Typhoon jets will take part in the joint exercise Bersama Lima from Malaysia, which forms part of the UK’s commitment to the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA). The Typhoons will then deploy around the region for joint exercises with allies, demonstrating the UK’s commitment to exercise with allies across the globe.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
Our RAF Red Arrows and Typhoons represent the best of British. The Red Arrows will fly the flag for Britain in key export markets while our RAF Typhoons will exercise with our allies.
RAF Scampton – Depart
Amman – Flypast
Karachi – Flypast
Hindon: Indian Air Force Day – Display
Dhaka – Flypast
Kuala Lumpur – Flypast with Typhoon
Kuala Lumpur – Display
Da Nang – Overnight stop, no display
Shanghai – Ground events
Hong Kong – Ground events
Zhuhai airshow – Displays
Hua Hin – Displays and flypasts
Hyderabad – Display
Bangalore – Flypast
Muscat – Display
Bahrain – Flypast
Abu Dhabi – Display
Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix – Display or flypast
RAF Scampton – Return
All dates and details are subject to change
This table is based on information supplied by the Red Arrows on their web site
Royal Air Force Areobatic Team “The Red Arrows” on Springhawk 2104 at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. Today, 27 May 2014, offical approval has been given to the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, to display in 2014 – its 50th season. The Team was formally awarded its 2014 Public Display Authority (PDA) earlier today, after months of intensive preparation by its pilots, engineers and support staff. Following the approval, the Red Arrows’ pilots were allowed to change from their green coveralls, used during training, into their iconic red flying suits, which are worn during the season. It is a proud moment for the nine display pilots, all of whom are from frontline squadrons and, before joining the Team, operated jets such as the Tornado or the Typhoon – helping the Royal Air Force protect the United Kingdom and its interests at all hours, 365-days a year. The first UK show of the year for the Red Arrows is on Saturday, May 31 at Falmouth, Cornwall, to coincide with the Pendennis Cup. It is one of more than 80 displays planned this season for the Team, which is the public face of the Royal Air Force and showcases the speed, agility and precision of the Service. Squadron Leader Jim Turner, Team Leader and Red 1, said: “Being awarded Public Display Authority for 2014, the Red Arrows’ 50th season, is a proud moment for everyone involved and is testimony to the dedication and constant strive for excellence which have always been hallmarks of the Team and the Royal Air Force.” The Team’s engineers and support staff, who number more than 100, also changed their coveralls following PDA – into their famous royal blue flying suits. The final part of the PDA process took place at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus this week. The base hosts the Red Arrows for a two-month spring training exercise, with the Team using the island’s fine weather to perfect their 21-minute display, which involves a combination of synchronised formation aerobatics followed by a more dynamic
NEWS FROM FRANCE
The 3rd convention of the French air display association « France Spectacle Aérien » will be held in Lyon Saturday, December 3, 2016.
About 130 people attend each year for 3 years now in this meeting of french actors of air shows. Some francophone participants from Belgium and Switzerland are also present.
Workshops and displays subjects will be get into, specially security and safety issues and the fallout of their costs, because, for this reason about 10 air shows have been canceled during the 2016 season. Administrations, Aviation Gendarmerie and DGAC (CAA France) will participate too.
Three EAC Board Members will be present at this conference, the French Jacques Bothelin, Jean-Noël Bouillaguet, as well as Swiss Joerg Thurneer will make the presentation of a topic.
www.france.spectacle.aerien.com ; In the meantime Gilbert Buekenberghs will represent EAC at the ICAS convention in Las Vegas. If you have any questions for him or things to discuss at ICAS for him, let him now!
AND THE BREITLING JET TEAM WILL ALMOST RETURN…
Jacques and his team will fly their last display in the weekend of 22/23 October on Huntingdon Beach in the USA.
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