Flying for fun at this weekend's LAA Rally

LAA Rally 2017

This weekend, Britain’s biggest ‘fly-in’ event, dedicated to ‘Flying for Fun’ is being staged at Sywell Aerodrome, Northants.

Up to 1,000 light sport aircraft of all shapes and sizes are due to fly in over the three-day event, with everything from vintage types to brand-new designs making their debuts.

Bristol Scout

The oldest aircraft is likely to be the 1915 WW1 Bristol Scout biplane, built from parts of an aircraft originally flown by owner David Bremner’s grandfather. Among the newest is a Rans S6, built by secondary school students from the West Midlands, which made its maiden flight just last month.

The event this year celebrates Youth In Aviation, with a special marquee dedicated to young flyers, including around half a dozen schools’ Build-A-Plane projects. Young visitors are also invited to try their hand at painting or sketching, as part of the FAI Youn Aviation Artists competition. Entries may go forward from Sywell to the global competition.

LAA Rally 2017

The rally will be used by the CAA to launch their new ‘Share The Sky Safely’ campaign, which encourages smaller airfield users and drone flyers to work together to safely share our mutual passion for flying.

The LAA Rally is Britain’s biggest annual fly-in event, combining a trade show, exhibition area and static aircraft displays. It is not an air show, but with typically over 400 aircraft on site each day, it is a mecca for aircraft enthusiasts from all over Europe, who take the opportunity to get up close to the aircraft in a manner not normally possible at formal air shows.

Admission to the event is £12 for non-members, £6 for LAA members. Parking is free.

LAA Rally 2017


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