One of the UK’s most popular and enduring aviation events, the Alderney Fly-in, is set for its 27th outing over the weekend of 21-23 June 2019.
Between 40 and 60 aircraft are expected to land in Alderney, ranging from four-seat tourers and classics to microlights including flex-wing aircraft.
“This annual gathering of some 100 or so private aviators and their passengers is without doubt one of the absolute favourites on the aeronautical calendar of events,” said the organisers of the event, Alderney Flying Club.
“It attracts pilots not just from Guernsey, Jersey and UK flying clubs, but also from France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Spain.
“Over the years, many of these enthusiastic pilots have become regular visitors to Alderney and some also take part in the extremely challenging annual Alderney Air Races in September.”
Trophies and prizes are presented for a number of different awards, including:
- The Largest Distance Flown
- The Largest Entry from a UK Club
- The Largest Entry from a non-UK Club
- Class Award – Vintage (up to 1945)
- Class Award – Classic (1946 to 1960)
- Class Award – Modern (1961 to present)
- Winning Home-Built
- Best External Finish/Colour Scheme
- The Most Senior Pilot
- The Most Junior Pilot
- and “Spirit of the Fly-In”.
Private aviation is an important contributor to the island’s tourism economy and, to attract keen aviators to the Alderney Fly-In, there will be no registration fee and landing fees will include 72 hours of free parking. Free transport to their accommodation is sponsored by the Alderney Chamber of Commerce.
Other incentives of particular appeal to private pilots are VAT- and tax-free AvGas, as well as VAT- and duty-free shopping.
The social programme is a vital part of the event and takes off with a flying start. On Friday evening 21 June there will be a welcome drinks reception at The Moorings followed by a BBQ dinner with live music.
Saturday’s programme features guided tours and boat trips to discover and explore the island’s rich history, heritage and wildlife at land and at sea, an invitation to have a go at bell-ringing at St Anne’s and, of course, opportunities to enjoy Alderney’s hospitality across the many popular eating places and watering holes.
The Gala Prize Giving Dinner will take place on Saturday evening at newly refurbished Braye Beach Hotel, starting with a welcome drink, followed by dinner with live music and the prize presentation.
On the Sunday, for those still looking for action there’s clay-pigeon shooting or a leisurely train ride and a tour of the lighthouse.