The RAeS Heathrow Branch circulates the selected list of August 2017 aviation events in the Southwest England area. Please be aware that the Royal Aeronautical Society HQ nor the RAeS Heathrow Branch is the organiser of following events. Please contact the indicated organiser(s) if you have any questions or queries. We recommend you double check event details, especially any potential last minute changes before making or commencing any journey plans.
**A number of following events may be used for anyone pursuing professional recognition, or further development, as evidence for your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) records. CPD certificates of attendance will be provided or endorsed for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration.
06 August 2017, Sunday, Salisbury – Old Sarum Airfield Event
A popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Held on the first Sunday of every month as an informal gathering. Free entry. Arrivals from 10am Free landings for all aircraft registered before 1960. On arrival, follow the signs and look out for marshals who will direct you to a dedicated parking area. Cars and motorbikes must not enter the active airfield. Information on events at Old Sarum can be found on the website: http://www.oldsarumairfield.co.uk/events/
10-13 August 2017, Thursday-Sunday, Bristol – Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 150 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. Made possible this year by Bristol Energy, the Fiesta truly is a sight that can only be seen in Bristol. Held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate, the event is completely free with charges made for parking on the event site. http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/
11-13 August 2017, Friday-Sunday, Newbury – Retrofestival
The largest retro festival in the UK, 3 live stages, over 300 exhibiters, up to 1000 classic/vintage vehicles and air displays. Due to the problems encountered last year because of the proximity to Heathrow flight paths and the restrictions and legislation changes following the Shoreham Air Show disaster, the Festival management has decided to cut back on air displays and increase activity in the arena. Weather permitting, there will still be a fly past by a Spitfire on Saturday afternoon. http://www.retrofestival.co.uk/line-up-at-newbury/
17 August 2017, Thursday, Weybridge – Brooklands Trust Members Event
Albert Ball VC DSO MC Albert Ball was England’s greatest WW1 fighter ace at the time of his death in May 1917 with 44 victories to his name. His last mission was flying an RAF SE5 on the Western Front and he was only 20 years old when he died. He was highly decorated with the VC, DSO & two bars, MC, Legion d’Honneur and Order of St George. Clare Paul from the RAF Museum will take a look at the life and career of Albert Ball and we are pleased that two of his known relatives will also be with us to answer questions about him and the life of a WW1 fighter pilot. His story has recently featured on the BBC One Show. Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. The Members Bar is open from 6pm and hot food is available in the Blue Bird Room. 7:30-9:30pm. Ticket Information, Members £2 Non Members £5. Pay on the night. Tickets are available online or via the BTM Office on 01932 857381 ext 226 Mon to Fri. firstname.lastname@example.org.
21 August 2017, Monday, Chichester – Arun & Chichester Enthusiasts Society (Air ACES) Talk
Recollections of a Bush Pilot by Paul Catanach Line Training Captain TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd. Paul Catanach is currently a serious commercial UK pilot with a great sense of humour and a superb story to tell about his earlier life and adventures as a bush pilot in Australia. Bashing around the bush in a series of clapped-out aircraft, he carried freight both night and day the length and breadth of the Northern Territory experiencing the delights and perils of the NT’s two seasons, the Dry and the Wet. Despite the best efforts of passengers, live freight, other pilots and wildlife he survived several years of being a bush pilot. Paul will come along with some Australian native artefacts to help illustrate the talk, people and places he has encountered – for us a real insight into the Antipodean sense of humour. Talks 19:00 for 19:30 start. Chichester Park Hotel, behind Sainsbury’s on the Chichester By-pass. Entrance fee to each meeting members £3/non-members £5. Contact David Batcock on 01243-823007 or email email@example.com.
26-27 August 2017, Saturday-Sunday, Guildford – Dunsfold Wings & Wheels 2017
Historically the previous owners of the Aerodrome, BAE Systems, held a staff family fun day which included an airshow and attracted 13,000 visitors. Wings & Wheels was founded by Dunsfold Park in 2005 to celebrate the long history of British aviation and motoring and assist the fundraising efforts of a number of charities. Wings & Wheels has evolved to be more than just an airshow and have a strong motoring offer as well as military displays and good old fashioned family entertainment. https://www.wingsandwheels.net/
27 August 2017, Sunday, Winchester – LAA Andover Strut and South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Event
Annual SHHAS/Andover Strut BBQ & Fly-in. On Sunday 27th August the Andover Strut will be holding their annual Fly-In and BBQ at Barton Ashes airstrip near Winchester. Contact Phil Wiltshire firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
31 August – 03 September 2017, Thursday-Sunday, Bournemouth – Bournemouth Air Festival 2017
Free and by the Sea. Coming this year from 31st August to 3rd September, The UK’s biggest air festival is an unmissable weekend of wonder: in the air, on land and at sea. Award winning and internationally renowned, the Bournemouth Air Festival has welcomed more than 8 million people to the UK’s leading resort since its inception in 2008. The Patron’s Club has raised an estimated £100,000 for Air Festival charities, nominated by the Armed Forces. https://bournemouthair.co.uk/
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
15-24 September 2017, Friday-Sunday, Southampton – Southampton Boat Show 2017
See the best boats and marine brands gathered together at Britain’s biggest boating festival. Southampton Boat Show is a spectacular world class annual event held in September and attracts visitors, exhibitors and investors from all over the world. An on-water Show boasting Europe’s purpose built Show marina located in Southampton, the cruise and boating capital of the UK. The Show started in 1969 and is held annually in September. An important sales platform for both national and international businesses attracting over 110,000 visitors. The Show attracts high net worth individuals from the UK and around the world. The Show is one of Southampton’s biggest events and takes over the City for a 10 day period, whilst people of all walks of life discover what the marine industry has to offer them. Mayflower Park, Southampton. http://southamptonboatshow.com/