4 September 2018
+VIDEO The 2018 LAA Rally set new records at Sywell Aerodrome at the weekend.
Sunny late summer weather ensured a record turnout of over 4,500 aviation enthusiasts and a total of 958 visiting aircraft over the weekend.
At one point on Saturday afternoon there were over 400 aircraft parked on Sywell’s grass.
A bigger exhibitor area also set a new high in the number of companies and organisations on show.
Exhibits ranged from a CAA-backed ‘Drone Zone’ to a display dedicated to classic racing aircraft, including the world’s only two Percival Mew Gulls, a collection of Miles Kings Cup racers, Travel Air Mystery Ship, Cosmic Wind and a 1938 Chilton Monoplane.
Among the visitors was Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg, who entered into the home-build culture by pulling rivets to help assemble a Zenair fuselage, as well as meeting members and exhibitors.
Among the stars of the packed aircraft park were the latest Verhees Delta from Belgium, the miniscule Cri-Cri and a Jodel D.9 Bebe flown in from Spain.