Author: Flightline UK

Local Charities Quid’s in Following Success of Dunsfold Wings & Wheels

Dunsfold Park Ltd are pleased to announce it’s most successful Wings & Wheels event to date with nearly £40,000 raised going to six deserving local charities. Those benefiting from the funds are The Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, Save the Royal Surrey Hospital Campaign, CHASE Hospice Care for Children, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust, Brooklands Museum Trust and Surrey Community Foundation. The three and a half hour flying displays, which included the Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment’s Parachute Display Team and a breath taking wing walking display, were enjoyed by over 14,000 visitors. Jamie McAllister, Dunsfold Park Ltd comments: “Wings & Wheels 2007 has been Dunsfold Park’s most successful event to date. We have been overwhelmed and delighted by the positive feedback and generosity of the local community in helping us to raise nearly £40,000 for worthy local causes. We would like to apologise again to those caught up in the unforeseen traffic congestion and stress that we have not only identified the causes but will be rectifying them for future events. Moving forward we are confident we can build on the success of Wings & Wheels over the last three years and raise even more funds for deserving local charities in...

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RIAT package raises thousands

BBC’s Children in Need was given a significant boost after a listener to Terry Wogan’s Breakfast Show bid more than £17,000 for a VIP trip to next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo. The Battle of Britain themed package was offered as part of the Air Tattoo’s planned celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The two-night package, which included a private tour of the underground Battle of Britain Ops Room at RAF Uxbridge plus a trip to the home of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, attracted a bid of £17,500 from a female listener in Cheshire. The winning bidder and her guest will enjoy lunch in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Coningsby and a private tour of the BBMF’s historic aircraft before flying to the Air Tattoo on board an historic RAF Dakota aircraft to sample all the excitement of Europe’s largest airshow from the best seats in the house. During their visit to RAF Fairford, they will join Sir Terry for lunch in the exclusive Patron’s Pavilion, attend the prestigious Air Tattoo Gala Dinner, enjoy two nights’ stay at one of the finest hotels in the Cotswolds and meet the legendary Red...

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Mike Mangold clinches Red Bull Air Race Championship

American Mike Mangold (Team Cobra) snatched the 2007 Red Bull Air Race World Series championship from Britain’s Paul Bonhomme (Team Matador) today after the closest fought title race in the competition’s 4 year history. Mangold, the 2005 champion, came third in Perth putting him on 47 points for the season, equalling Bonhomme’s points total. The Brit finished a disappointing fifth in the last race of the season – his worst result this year and the first time the usually consistent Bonhomme has failed to get on the podium in 2007. 52-year-old Californian Mangold took the title thanks to better results in elimination rounds after both pilots had exactly the same number of podium places this season. Hungary’s Peter Besenyei (Team Red Bull) took third place in the 2007 standings. The dramatic end of season showdown was witnessed by more than 200,000 excited fans who lined the banks of the Swan River to watch Nicolas Ivanoff (France/M.R.T.) take advantage of Bonhomme and Mangold’s apparent nerves to take his first victory of the season. In a race which didn’t go to form at all, America’s Mike Goulian took second place on the podium. There was consolation for the Brits who took first place in the overall team competition. Team Matador, made up of Bonhomme and fellow Brit Steve Jones, took the team championship with 64 points. “I’m incredibly happy,” said Mangold....

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B-17 "Pink Lady" Grounded

Reports from the various internet forums indicate that the French based B-17 Flying Fortress “Pink Lady” has been grounded due to insurance costs. The increase in costs has been due to an EU ruling a couple of years ago that classed historic B-17 aircraft in the same category as a commercial 737 airliner. For historic aircraft which fly few hours and earn little income from airshow appearances this ruling is unjust and unfair. Two years ago, the UK based “Sally-B” remained grounded until extra funding came forward allowing her to complete the airshow...

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Air Tattoo Ticketing – Latest Statement

From Following the continued success of the annual hosting of the Royal International Air Tattoo and the vagaries of the prevailing weather conditions experienced this year, a comprehensive review of the ticketing arrangements for RIAT 2008 – which will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, is currently under review. Our aim is to address all the important aspects concerning ticket pricing and public entry with a view to ensuring the safety of all attendees as well as improving traffic flows to and in and out of the public car parks. It is hoped to finalise this review by mid-December, at which time, details will be posted. At this point, the option to purchase tickets for RIAT 2008 at the lower ‘early bird’ ticket price will be available on our website until the end of February...

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