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Aviator Skills Exhibited at Air Shows

Air ShowAn air show is an event at which aviators display their flying skills and the capabilities of their aircraft to spectators in aerobatics. Air shows without aerobatic displays, having only aircraft displayed parked on the ground, are called “static air shows”.

Air Show Venues

Most air shows are held for commercial motives and held as a business or trade events where aircraft, avionics and other services are promoted to potential customers. Others are held on military bases in an effort to support and raise money for local, national or military charities as well as promote military careers. Ideally, these shows are arranged at airfields to provide viewers with a display of variety of aircraft and helicopters.

Air shows highly depend on the weather and vary around the world. Whereas the United States enjoys a long season that generally runs from March to November, other areas often have much shorter seasons. The European season usually starts in late April or Early May and is usually over by mid October. Off seasons are used for maintenance and practice.

In addition to the weather, pilots and organizers must also consider local airspace restrictions.

The types of air shows vary greatly. Some are large scale military events with large flying displays and ground exhibitions while others held at small local airstrips can often feature just one or two hours of flying with just a few stalls on the ground.

Flight training students, flying enthusiasts and future pilots are encouraged to attend air shows to see first hand the mastery, skills and capabilities of aviators.

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world’s largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. The show usually attracts a total of 150,000 to 200,000 spectators on both days.

For air show events and schedules near you please visit the following websites: milavia, airshow, and justluxe.
Happy Flying!

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