2018 Fly-In Report

Alderney, 26 June 2018:

The weekend saw 52 planes arriving and bringing a total of over 100 visitors to the island. The airfield displayed an array of different aircraft, from traditional to modern planes in all colours and shapes, as well as the attention-grabbing vintage planes, mirolights, flexwing ultralights and home-built planes.

Planes flew in from France, Germany and Luxembourg, although the majority were from the UK, including multiple planes from several flying clubs.

Clearly, there is no age limit to flying: the youngest pilot landing in Alderney was 19-year old George Gilbert who comes from a family of keen aviators and whose slightly older brother Will Gilbert received the award for the youngest pilot at the 2016 Fly-In.  This year’s most senior pilot was 86-year old George Brennand who also flew in the most senior participant, 100-year old Ernie Horsefall who has been flying to Alderney for 50 years or more. Ernie himself has won the most senior pilot award several times in his “youth” and truly represents “The Spirit of the Fly-In”. 

The action-packed programme was fully booked and involved exploring and discovering Alderney by coach, foot or boat, displaying the island’s wildlife, history and heritage and even ghosts. Bell-ringing and clay-pigeon shooting also proved popular. But there was also plenty of time and opportunity to chill out and soak up the island’s relaxing atmosphere and non-stop sunshine.

The social programme of the Fly-In kicked off on Friday night 22nd June with welcome drinks and a BBQ at The Moorings and concluded with the Prize-Giving Gala Dinner – with an official welcome by Visit Alderney’s Anne-Isabelle Boulon and a welcome drink sponsored by VisitAlderney -  at the Braye Beach Hotel.  

“This weekend could not have gone any better – and the weather was superb. We have no doubt many participants will be back before next year’s Fly-In. Meanwhile there are quite a few looking forward to the Alderney Air Races in September” said David Chiswell, Chairman of the Alderney Flying Club who also headed the Fly-In organising team with Ilona Soane-Sands and Al Paton. “ I would particularly like to thank the AFC members who helped out during the event with special mentions for Richard Ward, David Earl, Ralph Burridge, Mick Phelps, Roberta Sargent, James Lancaster and Lin Chiswell".