Flight1 Open Day a Resounding Success!
Shoreham Airport being battered by a 25kt wind (gusting to 35kt!)
the inaugural Flight1 Open Day went ahead on October 3 and was judged
a huge success by the visitors and staff alike.
500 visitors braved the conditions and enjoyed a packed programme
of events ranging from the latest flight simulator software and
hardware through to an eclectic mix of visiting aircraft.
Aircraft provided a PC-12 and pilot Gareth Pool spent hours showing
interested visitors the cockpit of this executive turboprop. The
brave chaps from Cirrus UK also battled the elements to bring an
SR22 across from Turweston to demonstrate the glass cockpit avionics
to interested enthusiasts and fellow pilots alike. Sadly the conditions
were too bad for Maurice Hammond to bring his two P-51 Mustangs
across from their Norfolk base though but later in the day Justyn
Gorman stopped everybody in their tracks when he displayed the Extra
300 to best effect.
turn-out of visitors was as eclectic as the aircraft they watched.
Flight Sim enthusiasts rubbed shoulders with PPLs, airline pilots,
ATPL students, instructors and casual visitors to the airport. Everyone
got a goody bag from the Flight1 girls and everybody got the opportunity
to try out the latest software and hardware on hand.
demonstrated its Avidyne training software, its PC12 and Fokker
100 simulations along with giving people a sneak preview of their
upcoming P-51D Mustang sim (developed with Maurice Hammonds
help). Visitors also got the chance to try RealAirs Beech
B60 Duke and Spitfire software the latter being run with
a set of replica spitfire controls.
who build replica cockpits from 737s to Cessna 172s, brought their
latest offering... a full size Messerschmitt Bf109 cockpit, complete
with flying controls and instruments! RC Simulations demonstrated
their motion platform and control systems with an awesome three
screen display and RAFSIM showed their multiplayer online flying
of various military types.
demonstrated the online virtual ATC world and guided people in to
the virtual fly-in. In fact, the chaps in the real Shoreham Tower
were rather jealous of the radar available to their virtual counterparts!
the day a lot of emphasis was placed on the similarities between
simulated and real flying. There was little live flying
on the day due to weather but people did take advantage of the PA28
simulator run by the Flying Time flying school at the airport and
got some great tips from their instructors. There were also a series
of lectures provided on SIDs/STARs, Weather, Props vs. Jets and
airfield approaches, with each session being packed. The instructors
remarked how well informed and knowledgeable their audience was
with plenty of questions and discussions ensuing
there be another event like this? Over to Flight1 Managing Director
Mungo Amyatt-Leir... Judging from the positive feedback we
received well certainly be holding another Open Day. People
have said how much they liked being at a live airfield - even though
very quiet on that particular Saturday - and pilots and simmers
alike enjoyed learning from one another. Well announce the
dates as soon as weve recovered from this first event!
have setup a photo gallery with images from the event. Click the
link below to enter the event gallery.
Here to Visit the Flight1 Open Day Gallery
would like to thank everyone for attending this years inagural event!