2017 Fly-In dates 23rd-25th June 2017
ALDERNEY GETS A BUZZ AS 50 AIRCRAFT LAND FOR THE 24th FLY-IN WEEKEND
Alderney, 27 June 2016: Fifty aircraft landed in Alderney last
weekend (24-26 June) for the 24
annual Alderney Fly-In, bringing some 120 visitors to the island.
Among the showstoppers were many modern and relatively affordable Microlights and Flexwing ultralights (for the adventurous pilot), as well as home-built planes and several classic aircraft. However, the absolute and undisputed star of this year’s event was a 1943 US Navy Stearman Bi-Plane flown in by Richard Leigh and his engineer Tom Gilbert who had restored it. In one of the planes first flights after restoration they crossed 60 miles of water with just an 80-year old compass as sole navigational aid. Before leaving the island on Sunday afternoon, this stunning old-timer performed two laps of honour above Alderney leaving a coloured smoke trail in the sky.
Although the vast majority of planes came from England, several arrived from as far afield as Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and France. Many of the pilots have become regular visitors to Alderney. Around 50 Alderney residents also took the opportunity of guided tours of the planes at the airfield.
“Our Fly-In weekend is a very popular event”, said David Chiswell, Chairman of the Alderney Flying Club and organiser of the Fly-In. “We try to offer our visitors a varied and interesting programme of events by teaming up with local clubs and associations. This year the Wildlife Trust offered guided tours by boat and of the Nunnery. We also included clay pigeon shooting, bell-ringing, a 10-mile cliff walk and horse-riding which everybody really enjoyed. The private aviation sector plays an important role in the island’s visitor economy and we want to put Alderney firmly on the map.”
The flyers roamed the island, eating and drinking in many establishments including the welcome reception on Friday at the Rose and Crown followed by dinner with music at Bumps but the social highlight of the weekend was Saturday night’s awards dinner with live music at the Georgian House.
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