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SCOTTISH AIRSHOW PERFORMED 'VITAL' ROLE

{SHOWIMAGE}Hot on the heels of helping organise the world's largest military airshow at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, a team from the Royal International Air Tattoo headed up to Scotland to help stage its national airshow.

The team from Air Tattoo Event Services (ATES), the air display arm of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, worked closely with the National Museums Scotland to provide the flying element of Scotland's National Airshow 2012 at East Fortune. ATES, led by Air Events Executive and Flying Display Director Norman Webster co-ordinated the provision of aircraft displays, a flying control committee, air-to-ground radio service and display commentator.

The RAF Red Arrows headed up a four-hour flying programme which, this year, featured a bumper selection of UK military aircraft. The Royal Air Force was represented in the air by a Hawk, and Tucano both sporting special Diamond Jubilee colour schemes and an RAF King Air multi-engined training aircraft.

The Senior Service was well represented with a Search and rescue Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet, Prestwick, Ayrshire and a notable appearance by the Royal Navy Historic Flight Sea Fury and Swordfish, the latter performing a memorable formation flypast with the Sea King.

In addition to the military hardware on display, there were a range of civilian acts to be seen with the Great War Display Team staging a four-aircraft 'dog-fight' and a Hughes OH-6 'Cayuse' helicopter making a rare flying display appearance.

Civilian display teams were well represented by the SWIP Team with a pair of SA1100 Silence Twisters and the RV8tors with a pair of VANS RV8 aircraft.

Local aviation was to the fore with Gavin Hunter flying a polished display in his Spanish-produced Bucker Jungmann and Jim McTaggart following closely behind in his Stolp Starduster, both flying from the nearby strip at Archerfield.

ATES Display Director Norman Webster said: "Once again, the Scottish audience showed themselves to be enthusiastic and vocal supporters of all things aviation, and the gasps of excitement and spontaneous applause made for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

"Special mention should also go to Scott McClaren and his team at Signature Flight Support at Edinburgh Airport for their help and support on what was, for them, an extremely busy weekend."

National Museums Scotland general manager, Grant MacKenzie said Air Tattoo Event Services had brought together a very strong flying display which delighted the 11,500-strong crowd.

He said: "The airshow at East Fortune is our biggest event and a vital ingredient in helping raise our profile. It'd become an important and popular feature on Scotland's event calendar.

"Not only does it benefit National Museums Scotland but it also provides an important platform on which the Royal Air Force can demonstrate its capabilities north of the border."

Air Tattoo Event Services was set up in 2010 to provide bespoke air display packages to the organisers of private, corporate or large public events such as outdoor concerts, conferences, gala dinners or staff family days.

For further information, please contact Tom Gibbons or Norman Webster on 01285 713300 ext. 5444 or by email at eventservices@rafcte.com

COSFORD AIRSHOW 2012

The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust is delighted to be assisting Royal Air Force Cosford with the staging of its 2012 RAF Cosford Air Show, using its trading company, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, which is famous for the annual staging of the Royal International Air Tattoo.

The Charitable Trust exists to promote the RAF, support its people and to encourage airmindedness and the aviation related education of youth. By supporting the Cosford Airshow you are supporting the work of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

www.cosfordairshow.co.uk

June 7, 2012

HIGH FLYERS SET TO DISPLAY AT SHOW

{SHOWIMAGE}A year after its launch, Air Tattoo Event Services (ATES) will be showcasing its successes at The Showman's Show in Newbury later this month. The air events arm of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises will take the opportunity to highlight the range of events it has organised around the country during the past 12 months.


These include being awarded a three-year contract to organise an annual airshow for the National Museum of Scotland, at East Fortune; a Spitfire flypast for a corporate training day at Ashorne Hill in Warwickshire; it provided a static Spitfire for Armed Forces Day in Littlehampton and also a Jet Provost display near Wolverhampton.


ATES Flying Display Director Norman Webster said: "This has been a great year for ATES. Since its launch it has provided a wide range of aircraft to a variety of events. The great success of the East Fortune Airshow this summer has probably been the highlight. Despite the current economic climate ATES is attracting interest around the UK from private clients to local councils looking to feature aircraft either on the ground or in the air as part of events they are organising. We have received excellent feedback from all of our clients and we look forward to working with them again in the future."

Feedback received from organisers at Ashorne Hill said that booking a Spitfire flypast as a surprise ending to their annual conference was a "masterstroke" and "a truly amazing end to the day". The organisers said: "The Spitfire pilot performed the most amazing aerobatic display to gasps and screams of delight as he twisted and turned. I can say that this was one of the most exciting events I've been involved with."


A spokesman for Littlehampton Town Council, commenting on its Armed Forces Day event, said: "The Spitfire team provided by ATES was very professional and enthusiastic which helped make our event extra special. The response from visitors has been extremely positive. They really enjoyed getting up close to such a brilliant and immaculate aircraft."


ATES offers a service providing aircraft and logistical support for a flying display, airshow, flypast or static exhibit. For further information please contact Air Ops Deputy Director Robert Windsor on 01285 713300 ext 5497 or Norman Webster on ext 5329. Email enquiries should be sent to norm.webster@rafcte.com.

 

October 4, 2011

CROWD CELEBR-ATES DEBUT AIRSHOW

{SHOWIMAGE}A FAIRFORD-based event consultancy has returned from its first excursion north of the border with the cheers of a capacity crowd still ringing in its ears after a hugely-successful air display at Scotland's National Museum of Flight.

Earlier this year, Air Tattoo Event Services (ATES), the air display arm of the Royal International Air Tattoo based at RAF Fairford, home of the world's largest military airshow, signed the contract to put on the summer air display at East Fortune, south east of Edinburgh.

And the inaugural show, which took place in glorious sunshine on Saturday (July 23) went down a storm with a 12-000-strong crowd flocking to the airfield.

ATES Flying Display Director Norman Webster said: "It was excellent, really good. The weather was brilliant, and there were so many people there that the airshow nearly ran out of parking spaces.

"I've never seen a more appreciative or enthusiastic audience at any flying display in the UK. The shouts and cheers as the Skyraider and Bronco flew past, or the whole crowd standing up and waving as the Sea King departed are things I will carry with me for a long time it was truly a joy to present a display to such a stunning crowd."

Grant MacKenzie, General Manager, National Museum of Flight, said: "We were delighted with the success of this year's Airshow. Norm Webster and his team did a great job in their organisation of the event's aerial displays and, when combined with some crowd-pleasing on-the-ground entertainment, we believe we provided yet another terrific family day out."

Stars of the show including the UHIH "Huey" helicopter, the DH-2, de Havilland's World War One biplane, the de Havilland Dragon biplane airliner from the 1930s, and the North American OV-10 Bronco, making is debut display in Scotland.

Alongside the air display, the Museum of Flight was open to visitors while sideshows and arena acts also did their bit in keeping audiences amused.

Norman concluded: "The organisers were happy with us, the display was good, it was on time and ran to programme. And the audience reaction certainly bodes well for the future, with our second ATES display taking place on July 29, 2012, when we hope it will be even bigger and better."


July 25, 2011

AIR TATTOO EVENT SERVICES LAUNCH

Air Tattoo Event Services (ATES) will be launched at Event UK 2010 which takes place on 21st and 22nd of September at Birmingham NEC. The new service will enable event organisers to add the excitement of air displays to their events from as little as £1,000.


Tim Prince, from Air Tattoo Event Services, said: "Air displays are now really popular in the UK which means the benefit of including aircraft in an event is immense they can help generate pre-event publicity and a buzz, and then wow guests or visitors on the day, giving them something extra special that they will remember and talk about for months to come."

Tim Prince will be presenting a session entitled 'Creating a spectacle: Ideas for your outdoor events' at Event UK at 1.30pm on Tuesday 21st September in the Organising and Logistics Theatre.

The aviation spectacle provided by ATES could include legendary warbirds such as Spitfires or Hurricanes, classic jets such as Hunters, Jet Provosts or Gnats, daring wing walkers, synchronised aerobatic display teams, single aerobatic display aircraft, helicopters, modern military aircraft, large model displays, gliders, hot air balloons and static aircraft.

Private, corporate or large public events such as outdoor concerts, conferences, gala dinners or staff family days can all be enhanced by using aircraft. With 40 years of aviation event management experience, Air Tattoo Event Services can source aircraft and manage all the logistics and regulatory requirements for an event - ensuring that the flypast or flying display delivers maximum impact without the stress.

For further information please contact Rob Windsor on 01285 713300 ext. 5444 or by email at eventservices@rafcte.com

AIR TATTOO TEAM OFF TO A FLYING START

The team behind Europe's largest airshow is offering to share some of the magic that has made the Royal International Air Tattoo such a success over the years.

Next month (October) sees the launch of Fairford-based Air Tattoo Event Services (ATES), a new initiative by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, which is offering to spice up events around the UK by providing an aerial spectacle that is guaranteed to create a memorable 'wow' factor. The team plans to use its knowledge and experience of staging the world-famous Air Tattoo each year at RAF Fairford to help others incorporate the excitement and thrills of an air display at their events.

The aviation spectacle provided by ATES could include arranging displays by legendary warbirds such as Spitfires or Hurricanes, classic jets such as Hunters, Jet Provosts or Gnats, daring wing-walkers, synchronised aerobatic display teams, single aerobatic display aircraft, helicopters, modern military aircraft, large model displays, gliders, hot air balloons as well as static aircraft. ATES would book the aircraft, ensure all the regulatory requirements are met and choreograph the display to meet the needs of occasions such as private or corporate functions and large public events including outdoor concerts, conferences, gala dinners or staff family days.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: "Air displays are now really popular in the UK which means the benefit of including aircraft at an event is immense they can help generate pre-event publicity and a buzz, and then wow guests or visitors on the day, giving them something to remember and talk about for months to come."

Rob Windsor, from ATES, said: "In the past we organised aerial displays at events including the opening of Eurotunnel, celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Heathrow Airport, plus various F1 grand prix and seaside airshows. With our experience and with a wide range of aircraft and displays to choose from, event planners will discover just how simple it can be to turn an occasion into something extra-special."

For further information, contact eventservices@rafcte.com

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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