After our first 2020 show meeting (to be held Sunday 17th May), Neil discussed with the committee the outline for the next show. He has had a massive re-think as well as discussing potential scenarios with the committee and is very pleased to announce a 'reversal' of a decision in that, Flying Displays will continue at Abingdon! However - it will be primarily limited to Helicopters of all types (to fit in the with Helicopter meet) whereby its possibly one of the UK's only 'Helimeet' shows with statics and flying displays with all three armed services being requested to take part aswell as a host of civilian helicopter operators and a few overseas air arms being invited.
This means also means for Neil its less workload and less stringency on the road closures as the 'display box' will be contained within the airfield boundarys, and Neil keeps current in the Flying Display environment,keeping up to date on the rules & regulations. There is potential also for the odd other non helicopter type to display but Flypasts will also feature.
The Flying Program will be less in duration but the outline is as follows to give you an idea (which is subject to alter of course!):
09.00 - 13.15: Aircraft types Fly In to land / park up for viewing.
13.20 - 14.20: Radio Controlled Jet Models / Falconry within that segment.
14.30 - 15.30: Flying Displays program part one.
15.35 - 16.00: Radio Controlled Jet Models part two.
16.05 - 16.30: Flying Displays program part two.
16.40 - 17.30: onwards: Most aircraft depart.
The Country Show will be enlarged too aswell as a bigger Classic Vehicle / Motorbike / Commercial Trucks /Vintage Buses etc area and a re-instatement of the popular Crafts Marquee.
The Saturday evening aircraft Photo night shoot will take place once again with Threshold Aero.
More details will follow on the pricing structure but essentially it will be the same across the board with the same admission fees / stall fees for traders etc as 2019.
It is likely to be on the same side of the airfield as it is now, the west side has been looked at but because Air Displays will carry on being featured, it for safety reasons and reasons beyond Neils control it has to be flown out to the west which is far safer.
Neil Porter - Event Organiser.