Thursday, 22 May 2014
Scottish Airshow returns to Ayrshire in September
After an absence of 22 years, the Scottish Airshow returns on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September 2014.
Danny Anderson of Ayrshire-based Zisys Events has brought together local business and aviation professionals to return the air show to the Ayrshire skies and host a weekend which is forecast to grow into one of Ayrshire’s leading events.
Mr Anderson said: “The objective is to stage a significant aviation event based in Ayrshire which explores the theme of flight, initially through an airshow and static aircraft display. It is designed to bring tourism, business, economic and educational benefits to Ayrshire in particular and Scotland in general through our programme:
• Friday 5 September - 1 day business conference with an aviation theme.
• Saturday 6 September - Free airshow and family fun day - all based on the Low Green Ayr.
• Sunday 7th - A paid entry static display of aircraft and exhibition stands at Prestwick airport.
• Education opportunities mixed through the weekend.
Media co-ordinator Doug Maclean said: “A small team of aviation professionals has worked tirelessly to bring this event back to the Ayrshire skies in a new and exciting format. The plan is to grow this event to make it an annual calendar highlight over the next 5 years. We want to encourage people to come to Ayrshire for the weekend and sample some of our great entertainment and hospitality.”
Plans released today show the quality free Saturday airshow where the highlights are:
• The Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. They will be joined in a unique formation by a 2nd Lancaster which will be flown in from Canada to join this historic memorial flight.
• The exciting Blades aerobatic teams piloted by 4 ex-Red Arrows.
• Parachutists landing on the Low Green.
• Helicopter display.
• The awe-inspiring Vulcan bomber
The airshow and family fun day will be based on the Low Green Ayr.
On the Sunday the public will be able to pay a small amount to see many aircraft in a static display at Glasgow Prestwick airport. Members of the public will be able to walk around and see up close some great aeroplanes.
Doug said: “We are delighted to have secured a number of very interesting aircraft for the Prestwick Airport show day. There will be entertainment and interesting stands in the terminal. Full details will be released in the coming weeks on the airshow website www.scottishairshow.com and also on our Facebook pages.
“Both Lancasters, the Spitfire and Hurricane will be at the airport overnight and depart on the Sunday afternoon. The roar of 10 Merlin engines starting will bring back memories to thousands of people. They will do an air display at the airport before departing for their next show elsewhere,” said Mr Maclean.
“Ayr and Prestwick airport are well connected by the rail and road network from Glasgow and Edinburgh will shortly be connected to Prestwick by train. We hope that families will use the frequent and convenient services to come to this Ayrshire-based event.”
Bob Alexander, the Scottish Airshow sponsorship manager, said: “Economic conditions have been tough but we are offering a free Saturday airshow and family day through sponsorship. Significant donations have come from South Ayrshire Council, Event Scotland and Prestwick-based Woodward International. Ayr-based DKM Aviation is sponsoring the 2-day appearance of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Texas-based Landmark Aviation has delighted us by not only promising cash sponsorship but has also offered us facilities for hosting the media launch and pleasure flights during the airshow weekend. Many other companies are considering donating to this great family Ayrshire event. The more sponsorship received by the Scottish Airshow the better the show that we can put on.”