Author: Flightline UK

Silverstone to host 2009 World Aerobatics Championship

Silverstone Circuit will host the next official FAI World Aerobatic Championship in 2009. This is the first time since 1986 that this most prestigious competition in the world of air sports has been held in the United Kingdom. Flying Aces, the air sports rights management company, in partnership with the British Aerobatic Association, was awarded the rights to the event by the FAI, the world’s official air sports federation, by voting ballot on Sunday, beating bids from the United States and Germany. The World Championship, which is held every two years, will take place in August 2009 (dates to be confirmed) at Silverstone, which is known for hosting world-class motorsport events, including the FORMULA 1™ Santander British Grand Prix. The event will be televised internationally. The World Aerobatic Championship includes two independent championship events: a classic unlimited aerobatic competition and a freestyle competition. The best pilots from around the world will be competing over British soil for the top title in air sports. Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said “Silverstone began its life as an airfield and we are proud to be building upon the venue’s heritage by developing another dimension to our portfolio of top international motorsport competition. The World Aerobatic Championships is another example of an elite event that demonstrates Silverstone’s leadership in the world of sport and entertainment.” Jeff Zaltman, Head of the...

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Red Arrows unveil new colour scheme

From Ministry of Defence News Site The Red Arrows aerobatic display team has today, Wednesday 31 October 2007, unveiled a new paint scheme for its Hawk aircraft, the first change to the world-famous design since the Red Arrows took delivery of the aircraft in 1979. One of the new look Red Arrows’ Hawk aircraft in flight over Lincoln Cathedral [Picture: SAC Alex Scott] The Red Arrows leave the UK on Sunday 4 November 2007 for a six-week good will tour of the Middle and Far East, returning to the UK on 18 December 2007. They are set to visit 13 countries, including Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Malaysia, India and Pakistan. During their 15,000 mile trip they will perform their famous air display a total of 18 times: ‘The Red Arrows’ Hawk aircraft are known and loved by millions of people around the world,” said Wing Commander Jas Hawker, ‘Red 1’. “We needed to keep a careful balance between making our famous aircraft unrecognisable and reminding people that we are proud to represent the Royal Air Force. “This is especially important when many Royal Air Force personnel are away from home, serving overseas in front line operations such as Afghanistan and Iraq. We are a visible way of reminding people of our colleagues’ hard work and professionalism in the line of duty. The change to our aircraft...

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Vulcan XH558 returns to the Sky! (18/10/2007)

Vulcan XH558 returned to the skies today after a long and painstaking restoration for flight. Often dogged by financial problems, the Vulcan to the Sky team have fought long and hard and today their efforts paid off with a succesful first flight. XH558 was retired to Bruntingthorpe 14 years ago after 33 years on charge with the RAF for what was thought to be a permanent grounding. VttS have faced a number of hurdles, not least changing the policy of the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund a flying restoration. The first flight was crewed by Dave Thomas and Al McDicken who reported that the aircraft was a jot to fly. The Vulcan is expected to put through a comprehensive flight test program before being displayed on the circuit at air shows and charitable events in 2008. Flightline UK would like to congratuate VttS on their stunning achievement and look forward to seeing XH558 on the display circuit next...

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Shoreham Airshow Accident – 15th September

(from Shoreham Airshow Press Release) Pilot Brian Brown was well know to the organisers of the RAFA Shoreham Airshow and had displayed at this airfield several times. Well known and respected on the aviation circuit his expertise and flying skills will be missed by both fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts world wide. Many comments have been received by those attending the display from pilots and aviation publications on how right we were in continuing the flying after this accident. The decision to do this was made by the organisers and safety team at the show after discussions with the other pilots involved. This is the first major incident in 18 years of running this event. Display flying has it’s risks and all those involved are well aware of this. The aircraft and skills of the pilots are paramount in selecting displays and planning them for the Shoreham Airshow. There will be another show in 2008. Our deepest sympathies go out to Brian’s family and his many close friends associated within the aviation...

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