It's a Sunday, by the way.
Another brilliant day for Welshpool last Sunday...
Some fantastic display flying, a wonderful collection of vehicles at the transport festival, and hundreds of things to look at, ride on, sit on and eat elsewhere on the field. And a perfect 10 score for our visiting friends and public of Welshpool who came to support the show. I think it's safe to say that the town of Welshpool and our show are now firmly on the map.
Speaking with those pilots who landed afterwards, they all congratulated us on a great show and on the wonderful warm reception and hospitality they received and asked us to pass this on. Its not often that they get to land, meet the public and enjoy the obvious homely feel of a proper country air show.
A further big thank you to all the organisers and behind-the-scenes staff who made it such an enjoyable day. This comes from the scores of emails already received at the website this morning. You are, alas, all too numerous to mention individually, but you know who you are from the guy who marshalls and refuels the planes, to the programme and ticket sellers and folks who empty the bins and clean up afterwards. All volunteers, all great people and we thank you very much. And let's not forget our sponsors without whom it would have been a pretty quiet day.
And finally, a sincere apology to those who got caught up in the tremendous traffic snarl up on the way in. We were anticipating and allowed for a bumper crowd yesterday, but never that half the population of UK would try to get to the show. Rest assured that we will endeavour to learn from this and hopefully get you all in next year.
Finally, finally. The programmes sold out by 1.30 on the day, so if still want one, you can click ->right here<- and download, for free, a screen-readable one (pdf format).
We're anticipating a bumper crowd and a fantastic show for you tomorrow. The weather looks promising and one more night of fingers crossed should do it. So, some last minute advice :
Gates open 9am. Yes, we know the flying starts a little later than that, but you want the best spot don't you?
So get there early.
Catch the FREE bus service from the car park opposite the Tourist information centre. These run every 30 mins from 9am.
Bring something to sit on.
Buy a programme. It's particularly good this year ;-)
Er... Have a great day.
The ever popular Festival of Transport returns to the air show at Welshpool for 2014. Always an interesting and eclectic mix of vehicles together with their interesting, eclectic and enthusiastic owners.
There are more than 150 vehicles booked into the show this year and you can read the definitive list by clicking HERE.
And we've even made a printer friendly version which is available to download by clicking right here.
Star of the show though might just has be this late entry...
Aptly named "TWO MUCH" . the locally built machine has two supercharged V8 engines linked together making the total capacity nearly 12 litres!! This is a chance to see this amazing dragster close up and the crew will be there to answer all your questions. This car has created a worldwide following on you-tube under "Norm's Burnout"
For more info about the transport festival, give Mike Kilvert a call on 07975 964086.
We've just heard that Pitts Pilot, Lauren Richardson, has had to withdraw from the airshow at late notice due to her aircraft going all tech*1. That's such a pity because she put on such a fantastic display for us last year.
Not to worry though, because our people got busy behind the scenes and have come up with an excellent replacement. Almost like-for-like if you like! Aiden Smith, a new display pilot from Sleap, will be bringing his own Pitts Special to fill in for us. Now Welshpool will be Aiden's first ever aerobatic display so it's going to be a big day for him as he makes it an even bigger day for us. Now we're just waiting for his CAA paperwork*2 to come through and from what I was told at the weekend Aiden will put on an exhilarating display for us.
*1 tech is aviation speak for "it's broken down"
*2 They're not allowed to just turn up you know.