The longer daylight of hours of March signify we’re rapidly approaching the summers months and the start of the European airshow season. Indeed it was still just light as the fourth committee meeting ahead of the 2012 Shoreham Airshow got under-way in the Terminal Building earlier this week.

February is a frustrating month as nothing really seems to happen yet you suddenly feel it should be! However there is always some business to attend to. Shoreham Airport itself has seen and will be seeing some quite major changes. Firstly the entire Shoreham Airport site (the airfield and the Buildings) has once again come under the control of one company. The slightly shabby looking Terminal Building is slowly starting to receive some much needed TLC too! Regular visitors to the building will have noticed that the reception area has gone with it’s staff moved to an upstairs office. The airport owners have also taken control of the Terminal Restaurant which is now opened for longer and has expanded it’s tables in to the main foyer which at first does seem a little odd!!

The developments are not just confined to the buildings. There is the possibility of some changes to the access to the airfield which will affect the airshow. This could cause our Safety and Security Manager Ian Taylor some extra work in the coming weeks as there may have to be come changes to the layout of the ground show to accommodate these developments and some requests from airfield operations. Ian puts in a hell of a lot of work conducting regular meetings and table-top exercises with the airport, security companies and  the emergency services to cover all eventualities right up to the show itself.

In general, things are happening a little faster than in 2011. More people are booking in their classic cars than in previous years and also bookings for Tickets and places in the executive marquee are up on last year at this time!

Talking of the show, airshows finally received their full Royal Air Force allocations this week following the final sign-off by the MoD. Shoreham are delighted to announce that they have been included on the calendar for the Tornado GR4 Role Demo Team from XV(R) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth.  We also have the full selection of the RAF 22 Group Trainer solo displays to help celebrate 100 years of the Central Flying School, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. These allocations are key to the airshow, not only has they provide many highlight but the show office now have a much better idea of the remaining budget for civilian displays and what else we need to book in for the flying display. We also hope to hear back from Joint Helicopter Command and some European Air Forces in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!

Finally, this is the last call for Geoff Lee’s Photographic Presentation at Shoreham Airport on Wednesday 18th April. Geoffrey informally talks about how and what preparation and planning goes into getting dramatic photographs of aircraft in flight. He discusses which equipment he uses for each type of sortie as well the final presentation to the client. He talks about some of his memorable and difficult sorties as well as some failures. The talk includes a short video and a photographers view on “24hrs in the life of Eurofighter Typhoon”. Tickets for this event are priced £15. See http://phototalk.shorehamairshow.co.uk for more information and to buy tickets.