Some autumn like weather patterns have hit the UK this weekend leaving Duxford bright, but very breezy. Unsurprisingly, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have cancelled their appearance today due to the winds at their base at RAF Coningsby which is a great shame.
Happily however, these pesky winds have not stopped flying at Duxford. Their have been several arrivals this morning, and though some aircraft are remaining in the hangar to prevent them being damaged several have slowly made their way out onto the flightline.
Today is also the first weekend for Duxford’s new smartphone “app.” Available for the Apple iPhone and iPad plus Android phones, this app promises to keep visitors up to date with real time flying display times and background information on the participants. It’s not the first airshow app for UK airshows. Bournemouth air Festival had one last year which never really got used fully due to the dire weather conditions that afflicted the event over the two busiest days.
As far as these two apps are concerned, I think they are great ideas, but at the moment are a little flawed. Despite being beautful to look at, and clear to read the Duxford App seems to be slow, even on WiFi data connection which can make it frustrating to use. However, this first real at the Spring Air Show should give the developers a good feel for the necessary improvements and I’m sure as time goes on, we’ll see more airshows try and develop similar products!