Abingdon Air & Country Show 2019 Press Release
The 20th Air & Country Show (2019) took place at Abingdon Airfield / Dalton Barracks with various attractions and a friendly crowd despite a couple of infrastructure 'hick ups first thing on our side. However, this was the last one which incorporated a Flying Display.
Unfortunately, it's a combination of constantly increasing costs of running the event including the road closures that cost extra, regulations becoming ever tighter to comply with since the Shoreham accident, the £50 million pound Public Liability Insurance requirement for civilian air displays to display over MOD land which Abingdon / Dalton Barracks are, and increasing stress / time trying to keep the show on the rails - two days prior to the show I had to complete the Military Aviation Authority (our regulators) audit for example!!!
So, to preserve the show and keep it running for the next 10 years or more for the community, I am just eradicating the flying displays to cut the costs associated with that by half.
However - the new format will see the Country Show element expanded which means Tanks Rides will be back on the terrain course for example, but the aircraft that Fly In for the day will be increased to well over 100 types, possibly as many as 150 aircraft through the day to land, be seen up close and depart, both general aviation,classic and modern military.
Also, Pleasure Flights will be increased to include World War Two types for a back seat ride in, Hot Air Balloons, Flypasts, and possibly a small helicopter show & the popular evening / night photography the evening before showday.
So, the end result is much more movements of different types during the day.
Finally, those that can remember the show being on the other side (west side) which was much better for photography - well i am looking at putting it back over there!
So, thank you all for the last 20 years,and here is to the next 10 years or more in a new more affordable format.
Neil Porter - Event Organiser