NEWS RELEASE

BUZZ IN THE AIR AS ALDERNEY GETS READY FOR

27TH ANNUAL FLY-IN WEEKEND (21-23 June 2019)

 

Alderney, 27 April 2019: Between 40 and 60 aircraft of all sizes and shapes are expected to land in Alderney during the weekend of 21-23 June, when this small Channel Island will host its 27th annual Fly-In.

 

This annual gathering of some 100 or so private aviators and their passengers is without doubt one of the absolute favourites on the aeronautical calendar of events. It attracts pilots not just from Guernsey, Jersey and UK flying clubs, but also from France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Spain. 

 

Over the years, many of these enthusiastic pilots have become regular visitors to Alderney and some also take part in the extremely challenging annual Alderney Air Races in September.

 

“We look forward to a few unusual or vintage aircraft landing in Alderney again this year”, said David Chiswell, Chairman of the Alderney Flying Club and organizer of this event. “In addition to the traditional planes, we expect a number of microlights and flexwing ultralights as well as home-built planes. And there might even be a few more unusual sightings this year.

 

Trophies and prizes are presented for a number of different awards, including

The Largest Distance Flown; The Largest Entry from a UK Club;

The Largest Entry from a non-UK Club; Class Award - Vintage (up to 1945); Class Award - Classic (1946 to 1960);  Class Award - Modern (1961 to present); Winning Home-Built; Best External Finish/Colour Scheme; The Most Senior Pilot; The Most Junior Pilot and “Spirit of the Fly-In” 

 

Private aviation is an important contributor to the island’s tourism economy and, to attract these keen aviators to the Alderney Fly-In, there will be no registration fee and landing fees will include 72 hours of free parking.  Free transport to their accommodation is sponsored by the Alderney Chamber of Commerce.

 

Other incentives of particular appeal to private pilots are VAT- and tax-free AvGas, as well as VAT- and duty-free shopping.

 

 

Versatile entertainment programme

A well-balanced programme of generous hospitality, social entertainment     , and genuinely interesting discovery tours of history, heritage and nature (on land and at sea)  as well as some sports activities, will ensure that there is never a dull moment. 

 

The social programme takes off with a flying start: on Friday evening 21st  June there will be a welcome drinks reception at The Moorings followed by a BBQ dinner with live music.  

 

Saturday’s programme features guided tours and boat trips to discover and explore the island’s rich history, heritage and wildlife at land and at sea, an invitation to have a go at bell-ringing at St. Anne’s and, of course, opportunities to enjoy Alderney’s hospitality across the many popular eating places and watering holes.

 

The Gala Prize Giving Dinner will take place on Saturday evening at newly refurbished Braye Beach Hotel, starting with a welcome drink, followed by dinner with live music and the prize presentation.  

 

The next day – those still looking for action are invited to clay-pigeon shooting or to enjoy a leisurely train ride and a tour of the lighthouse  

 

For more details of the programme, please visit www.flyalderney.com. Online registration for the Fly-In and any of the chosen events is now open on this website (http://www.flyalderney.com/registration.html) .

 

All is set for another great Alderney Fly-In and, naturally - as far as the weather is concerned - the organisers and participants are hoping for clear skies. Anybody interested to join for this weekend is strongly advised to book their accommodation first on the VisitAlderney website without delay. http://www.visitalderney.com/stay/accommodation

ENDS

 

Editor’s Contacts only

David Chiswell – Chairman Alderney Flying Club                           
email
chairman@flyalderney.com   Tel:  +44 (0)7711 142 858 or

Ilona Soane-Sands – publicity & event coordinator:

+44(0)7781 101 957 e-mail ilona@soanesands.com

 

Photos of last year’s Fly-in can be viewed and downloaded from our Flickr Site

https://www.flickr.com/photos/flyalderney/sets/72157697781157284