A NUMBER of air shows will go ahead in the UK over the coming bank holiday weekend (August 29-31) after two deadly crashes this summer. In the wake of the disaster at the Shoreham air show on Saturday, which is believed to have killed 11 people – the formal identification of victims still ongoing – the Civil Aviation Authority has banned vintage planes from taking part in aerial acrobatics over land.
A number of events have amended their schedules so older aircraft will conduct flypasts, rather than performing high-energy manoeuvres.
At CarFest South, taking place in Hampshire from August 28-30, the aerial display has been replaced by a flypast by the Gnat aerial display team, as a mark of respect to pilot Kevin Whyman, who died at the show’s sister event CarFest North on August 1. Organisers said they had also taken note of the CAA’s new regulations.
An air show in Rhyl is one of the events which will continue unchanged. With the majority of the schedule due to take place over water it meets the rules, and is considered to be a safer situation.
However, the SkyLive show in Durham has been postponed until 2016, with organisers saying they wanted to wait until the CAA had conducted a review of the tragedy at Shoreham.