Well what a fantastic few days we had at Sywell Airfield where AeroExpo 2012 took place last week 25th to 27th May. The weather was absolutely fantastic, blue skies almost no clouds, high temperatures and big crowds… all good for everyone apart from the strongish crosswinds for the 600 visiting aircraft.
Team Yakovlevs were there in force, working hard with all our partners that were at the Expo. One of our Yak 50’s “Katia” was there as a gate guardian at the entrance to Hall 1 and she drew a great deal of attention sat right next to partners AFE and AIRBOX, who both had very productive shows. Our own Natasha was running around meeting and greeting visitors and helping answer a continuous stream of questions.
Team Lead Jez spent time with AFE’s Kate and Jeremy helping out and giving interviews. This year they had their own branded marquee which seemed to be mobbed most of the time. New to the aerospace industry is BIGATMO aviation sunglasses. AFE have become one of their leading distributors and hopefully Team Yakovlevs will be sporting and promoting this latest in aerospace eyewear protection that provides style, with excellent optical properties and also delives true colour perception with perfect clarity of vision. See http://www.bigatmo.com for more details
AIRBOX launched the latest gucci apple iPad & iPhone app, Runway HD which will change the way that people plan and execute VFR flying. It gives a fluid flight-planning and execution app for pilots direct from the App-Store. Full-screen anti-aliased official aviation moving maps; complete airport data for 28,000 airfields and airports around the world; and much more making RunwayHD the natural choice for aviators who use their iPad or iPhone. See http://www.airboxaero.com/support/ipad-instructional-videos/ for more details.
Matthew Day from HAL stated “..we wanted to do something different this year and having a London bus seem like a good idea, although I really didn’t expect there to be so many visitors out there that would be so interested in it and it certainly attracted a great deal of attention”.
The HAL site was very well attended by Team Lead Jez as it had the best coffee at the event.
Not forgetting FLYER magazine that was out and about picking up loads of new information and arranging reviews on some of the latest stuff to hit the aviation market. If you are looking for the best avaition mag, then Flyer is the one where you will find it all!
All in all, a fantastic time was had by all. Official figures have not as yet been released but unofficially, figures of over 10,000 visitors including just over 600 aircraft are being quoted. After the appalling weather in 2011, this year’s blue skies were a very… very welcome change.