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Ten top aviation shows for 2023!

There are hundreds of events across aviation every year. Here’s our choice of ten we’d really like to attend

1. Vintage Aircraft Club Spring Fly-In

Saturday 15 April
Turweston Airfield, Northants
First flying event of the season for the Vintage Aircraft Club

Turweston vintage aircraft

2. AERO Friedrichshafen

Wednesday to Saturday, 19-22 April
Messe Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Europe’s leading General Aviation show, based in purpose-built halls on an airport adjacent to Lake Constance. Book tickets and see fly-in details here

Read & watch: FLYER coverage of #AERO22


AERO Friedrichshafen

3. BMAA Microlight Trade Fair

Saturday and Sunday, 29-30 April
Popham Airfield, near Winchester
Fair attracts up to 40 exhibitors and 3,000-plus visitors.

Watch: FLYER video from 2022 event


Popham Microlight Trade Fair
BMAA Microlight Trade Fair at Popham Airfield

4. Easter Summer Fly-in

24 June
Easter Airfield, Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland
Longest day at a beautiful airfield.

Easter Airfield fly-in
The stunning setting of Easter Airfield will hold its summer fly-in on the longest day

5. SleapKosh ‘23

Aka, Sleap International Fly-in
Friday to Sunday, 7-9 July
Sleap Airfield, Harmer Hill, Shropshire
A weekend of warbirds, trade stalls, music – and much more run by the Shropshire Aero Club

Read: Jonny Salmon’s ‘Best of 2022’


James Brown's Hurricane at Sleap 2022

6. Breighton G-George Day

8 July
Breighton Airfield, Breighton, Selby, Yorkshire
1940s Themed Celebration of Aviation, featuring vintage/classic aerobatic competition, visiting aircraft, static aero engines, military vehicles, brass band, car/motorcycle clubs, period dress, evening hangar party with live music, run by The Real Aeroplane Club

The Real Aeroplane Club's G-George Day at Breighton

7. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Monday to Sunday, 24-30 July
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
World’s biggest aviation event: a celebration of all things aviation related – warbirds, vintage, homebuilts, ultralights – and a whole lot more. See the full schedule and book tickets for ‘Oshkosh’ here

Read: FLYER coverage from #OSH22


Timber Tiger PT-22
The Timber Tiger ST-L, a 95% replica of a Ryan PT-22 and created by Nick Pfannenstiel. The project has appeared at Oshkosh since 2015 but it's the first time we've seen the aircraft complete and flying

8. Lundy Sunday

Sunday 30 July
Lundy Island
Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America. It’s a granite outcrop, three miles long and half a mile wide. Suitable for certain types or aircraft – and skills! The fly-in is organised by Cornwall Flying Club

Read: Dave White’s Flying Adventure to Lundy


Lundy Island lies off the coast of North Devon. Lundy Sunday is one of the more unusual fly-ins, and is popular with certain types of aircraft – and skills!

9. Shuttleworth Flying Proms Evening Airshow

Saturday 19 August
Shuttleworth, Old Warden, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
A full symphony orchestra, accompanied by an elegantly choreographed air display, plus the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music. See the full schedule and buy tickets here

The Flying Proms at Shuttleworth combine an air display and music – it's one big party. Photo: Take Flight Aviation

LAA Grass Roots Fly-in

Friday to Sunday, 1-3 September (tbc)
Popham Airfield (tbc)
The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) has yet to confirm whether it will again stage the LAA Grass Roots Fly-in at Popham but the 2022 event was a definite success. Let’s hope so!

See our report from the 2022 event here and watch our video here


LAA Grass Roots Fly-in 2022

FLYER’s own event picks

Mondial de l’ULM: Ian Seager

Friday to Sunday, 2-4 September
Le Breuil Airport, Ville Francoeur, France
Ian says: “A microlight gathering and a brilliant event for the lighter side of aviation.”
More here

Mondial ULM Blois
The French microlight event at Blois is a celebration of all light aviation, from powered parachutes to gyrocopters and everything in between. Photo: Blois ULM

Henstridge Airfield 80th birthday and fly-in: Ed Hicks

Saturday, 22 April
Henstridge Airfield, Henstridge, Somerset
Ed says: “Henstridge is home to a wide variety of LAA aircraft and the Wessex Strut. Expect a great turn-out.”
More here.

Henstridge Airfield in Somerset is celebrating its 80th anniversary and having an LAA event on the same day

MontAdria Seaplane Regatta: Dave Calderwood

Wednesday to Saturday, 19-22 July
Dave says: “This is a revival of an old tradition set in a spectacular Mediterranean backdrop. Montenegro is establishing itself as a sport flying and seaplane centre.”
Event details: here.

Read: News story on Montenegro



Editor Dave Calderwood's dream events combines two of his passions: flying and the sea!
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