Bob Jones Memorial Airshow – thanks…

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Thanks to all the visitors to this year’s Bob Jones Memorial Airshow. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thank you also to all our volunteers and helpers. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without your hard work.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Girl Power

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The local Girl Guides and Brownies are clearly a very active bunch. These fantastic ladies came to Mid Wales Airport on 17 May to hold a fundraising event for the Wales Air Ambulance. They achieved the herculean effort of pulling an aeroplane 100 meters. Well done girls!

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Final Vulcan flights

Final Vulcan flights

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It has been confirmed that the year’s Bob Jones Memorial Airshow will be one of the last times the Vulcan XH558 will be seen flying.

The Vulcan To The Sky Trust have anounced that the Vulcan will be retired in August. Having extended its life for two years, the trust has found it increasingly difficult to obtain engineers with experience of the Vulcan and knowledge of how to maintain this one of a kind.

The Vulcan was designed for the Cold War as a way of delivering the UK’s nuclear arsenal, however ballistic technology and changing geo-politics meant that the Vulcan struggled to find a new place in the country’s defenses. This did not stop its use in the Falklands War, where herioc pilots guided it across nearly 8000 miles of Atlantic Ocean to help regain the islands.

The Vulcan To The Sky Trust intend to retire the Vulcan to a Vulcan Aviation Academy and Heritage Centre to “inspire and educate new generations”.

The Vulcan’s visit to Welshpool on 14th June will be a full display, giving attendees a memorable spectacle and a chance to say goodbye to this iconic aircraft.

For more information on the efforts to keep the Vulcan flying, please visit Vulcan To The Sky.

For details on this year’s airshow, including the new car parking arrangements, please visit its dedicated website.

 

Flying doctors

Flying doctors

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Welshpool Mid Wales Airport is host to a revolutionary new helimed service, as critical care practitioners join the air ambulance crew.

Since the beginning of May, NHS consultants have joined the Wales Air Ambulance service at Welshpool, one of only two air ambulance services to offer such a service. This allows the helicopters to carry vital blood and even plasma, something that until now only the military have done. The doctors have advanced expertise in emergency medicine, paediatrics and intensive care.

As many of the air ambulances call outs are to traffic accidents and with new helicopters that can reach any part of Wales within 20 minutes, this enhanced medical service is predicted to save many lives. The air ambulance is also used to stabilise and transfer time-critical patient from district general hospitals to specialist centres around the country.

The new consultant servive is provided by EMRTS Cymru which is funded by the Welsh Assembly. The helicopters and Wales Air Ambulance are totally funded by public donations.

For more information on the flying doctors team, and to donate, please visit the Wales Air Ambulance webpage.

May visitors

Over the bank holiday, our favourite photographer has been taking photos of our residents and visitors, including a beautiful new helicopter for Potter Group.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

  • G-BCSL - The faithful old DHC-1 Chipmunk, this aircraft was built in 1951.
  • G-CFFJ - Flight Design CTSW.
  • G-ATHV - Cessna 150F.
  • G-CENA - Dyn' Aero MCR-01 ULC Bambi.
  • G-AYRT - Reims/Cessna F172K Skyhawk.
  • G-TELA - Cessna 152.
  • G-BAJO - Resident, American Aviation AA-5 Traveller.
  • G-BUYS & G-SELL - These two Robin DR400 Regents could have a lot of fun flying over the City.
  • G-COXI - Xtremeair XA42, G-COXI.  Aerobatic trainer and competition.
  • G-POTR - Welshpool based Potter Group, became a new operator of an Agusta A109E Power, with a very appropriate registration.
  • Stuart Hatheral took delivery of the first registered Spacek SRO SD-1 Minisport in the UK.

Skyart Wales

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Toby Jones of Skyart Wales has sent us these great photos of the goings-on at Welshpool Mid-Wales Airport. 

If you have any photos you would like to share with us, please send us an email.

Photography by Toby Jones

  • G-TECI Tecair Ltd Tecnam P2002-JF and G-OEDB Flintshire Flying School PA-38-112 Tomahawk and G-RAZY PA-28-181 Archer II
  • G-OIIO Whizzard Helicopters R22 Beta and G-SENS Saville Air Services EC135 T2
  • G-SENS Saville Air Services EC135 T2
  • G-WADS Whizzard Helicopters R22 Beta and G-CBKD Gazelle HT.2

 

World in (aerial) motion

You wouldn't expect the world's aircraft to converge on Welshpool over the winter, but that it what seems to be happening. Visitors from France, Germany and the Isle of Man were joined by the US built Christen Eagle II. Meanwhile, as-local-as-they-come Martin and Peter went for an evening jolly to Snowdonia.

  • F-GMXD - French registered Robin DR400 Dauphine
  • D-ETOX - Cirrus SR22 GTS
  • M-YMCM - Isle of Man registered Bell 429 Global Ranger
  • G-KLAW - Christen Eagle II 'Raging Bull'
  • G-ASAU - Rallye 880

Photography by Brian Nicholas

 

New cafe service

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We are pleased to announce a new cafe service at Mid-Wales Airport. Jo Lewis has joined us and has an exciting menu prepared for all our visitors.

Jo’s menu includes:

  • All day breakfasts
  • Bacon baps
  • Soup of the day
  • A selection of panini and toasted sandwiches
  • A variety of cakes, scones and flapjacks

The cafe service is currently open on weekends from 12pm-3pm. Out of hours, hot and cold drinks, cakes and other snacks are available. The cafe service maybe extended through the week if there is sufficient demand.

We look forward to seeing you.

Rally-copters

This year's Wales Rally seemed to attract more helicopters that cars, or at least that was the view from Welshpool.

Photography by Brian Nicholas.

  • G-HARA - Sikorsky S76c ofAir Harrods Ltd From Stansted
  • G-IZOB - Eurocopter EC120B Colibri G-TOLI - Robinson R44 Raven
  • G-MEDX - Agusta A109E. Air Ambulance.
  • OO-HCW - Eurocopter AS-350 Ecureuil. Supporting a Belgium Registration and used as a Heli Cam
  • G-ZZOE - Eurocopter EC120B Colibri

Shoot visitors

The shooting season always brings beautiful aircraft to the airport. Just check out these two who popped in:

  • This Isle of Man registered M-JJTL, Pilatus PC-12/47
  • Brand new 2013 Beechcraft Super Kingair 350i

Photography by Brain Nicholas

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