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.

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

 

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.

Neighbours

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In July, Welshpool held a fly-in from Shobdon Aerodrome with seventeen aircraft in attendance ranging from a 1939 De Havilland DH 94 Moth Minor to a Scottish Aviation Bull Dog.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Captain America

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While Captain America has many super powers, flight is not one of them. It is only right therefore that he keeps an aircraft at Welshpool. Captain America wasn't willing to talk to us about his secret mission but we have no doubt this incredible adventure was worth of a third film.

Thanks to Toby Jones for the photos.

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