We were honoured today to meet Sultan Al Muhairi, patron of this fabulous airshow.
We also flew a practice display, including Amy’s inverted drop, which we hope to bring you some footage of soon.
Tomorrow is validation day – more practices including the famous inverted double para drop!
Things are definitely hotting up, with more teams arriving, and lots of practice going on.
Here Amy can be seen reherseing her exit from one of our Pitts Specials – we’ll fly the inverted drop for real.
A few more pictures of some of our friends, including the Saudi Hawks, the Breitling Wingwalkers and the Huawei Twisters.
Breitling Wingwalkers and the Saudi Hawks
Amy practices for the inverted drop
With four days to go until the start of the Al Ain Air Show, we’re pleased to say that all our aeroplanes are assembled, serviceable and successfully test flown.
Both our skydivers have arrived, and the other pilots get here tomorrow, in preparation for validation day on Friday.
With the weather forecasts for the show looking good, we can’t wait to get going!
Danielle, one of the Breitling wingwalkers, tries one of our Pitts Specials for size!
With less than a week to go until the start of the Al Ain Aerobatic Show, we’ve been busy getting the aeroplanes ready to fly.
They arrived (crated!) last Wednesday, and by Saturday afternoon three were assembled, and test flown on Sunday morning. Minor trim adjustments needed on all three, as expected. The fourth aeroplane, ZS-MZY, will be test flown today.
We’ve also been helping our friends at The Brietling Wingwalkers get their aeroplanes ready.
Here’s the final line up for Al Ain. What a privilege it is for us and South Africa to be present at an Air Show with some of the top teams in the world!
Al Fursan – UAE National Display Team
F-16 and Mirage 2000 from the UAE Air Force
Red Arrows – UK National Display Team
RAF Eurofighter Typhoon
Saudi Hawks – Saudi National Display Team
Royal Jordanian Falcons – Jordanian National Display Team
Miss Demeanour – Hawker Hunter
Red Bull Matadors
Huawei Twister Team
Indy Boys Inc – Jet Powered School Bus
In preparation for the team taking part in the 2013 Al Ain International Aerobatic Show, we have dismantled the aeroplanes, and they’re now on their way to the United Arab Emirates.
The aircraft were put into the containers on 11 October, and were shipped to Khalifa Port Abu Dhabi, via Durban. They are scheduled to dock on 10 November, then go to Al Ain by road.
The technical team — lead by Dennis Spence, with Albert Hemsted, Peter van Rensburg, Andrew Nunn and Jacob Mabulatana — leave Johannesburg for Al Ain on 17 November, via Abu Dhabi, on Etihad Airlines, to re-assemble and test fly the aircraft, before the other team members arrive on the 27 November.