An exciting new event is being added to the British aviation calendar.
Blackbushe Airport will host the first Blackbushe Air Day and Fly-in on July 30.
A day for air enthusiasts and all the family, the event will offer the chance to see historic aircraft close-up, take part in competitions to win trial lessons and flight simulator time, enjoy various trade exhibits, meet the airport’s flying schools and maybe start a pilot training course.
While there will be no flying display, normal flying will be in progress and a fly-in is expected to attract many private pilots from around the country.
There will also be the National Air Traffic Service’s ‘big pull’ event, where teams will compete to pull an aircraft over a set distance.
All proceeds from the event will go towards Aerobility, a charity that grants the disabled, terminally ill, and injured service personnel the chance to discover the release, personal achievement, excitement, exhilaration and pure joy derived from flight and mastering its challenges.
A major part of the day’s attractions will be the aircraft static park, where visitors will be able to take a close-up view of Second World War aircraft such as the Spitfire to modern types like the Dash 7, currently in the UK from its work with the Antarctic survey.
Peter Brown, a member of the Air Day team, said: “For an admission price of just £5, the Blackbushe Air Day offers excellent value, whether you want to view aircraft close up, take a pleasure flight aboard a vintage De-Havilland Rapide biplane or a modern helicopter, enjoy excellent food and drink from our caterers, or peruse our varied trade exhibitors while younger guests enjoy a bouncy castle, or maybe undergo a transformation under the skill of our face painters.”
Tickets are being sold in advance and can be bought from www.blackbusheairday.co.uk.