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Safety and Security

Safety and Security Measures 

Safety is and always has been our number one priority,both in the air and on the ground. We are very proud of our safety record and work throughout the year with all the relevant authorities to make sure we have taken every reasonable measure towards running a safe airshow. Following the tragic events of Shoreham in August 22, 2015, we carried out a thorough review of all our processes surrounding air display flying and subjected them to external scrutiny. We comply with all relevant regulations relating to UK air displays and, in a number of areas, we exceed these requirements.

Safety remains at the core of everything we do and we are introducing additional measures this year to improve the overall safety arrangements for the show. In addition to those who have bought tickets and will be inside the showground, we also consider those people who choose to come and watch the show from outside the airfield. Additional vehicle and pedestrian restrictions have been put in place along some the roads and verges in the vicinity of RAF Fairford. Members of the public not intending to enter the airfield are strongly encouraged to observe any no waiting/no entry restrictions and they must not park on verges, cycle or footpaths. These restrictions will be actively policed over the show weekend so we would urge anyone without a ticket from coming to the area. If anyone is still determined to observe the flying display from outside the showground, the safest place to do so is 100 meters south of the runway, behind the crowd line on the Kempsford (south) side of the airfield.

Responding to recent events, our security measures have also been reviewed by both the civilian and military police. Additional security measures will be in place for the 2019 show. Please allow a little extra time to get through security and we would like to thank everyone in advance for their understanding of the importance of all these new measures.

The safety of our customers and staff is of paramount importance and we will maintain robust security measures throughout the period of the Air Tattoo.

We continue to regularly review our security operations in conjunction with Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Constabularies together with the Ministry of Defence and Royal Air Force Police.

Understandably, enhancements will be made to our security operation in view of recent events. Our overriding message to members of the public attending the event is 'remain alert and report any concerns that you may have, promptly, to a member of staff'. 

The Ministry of Defence Police, in partnership with other policing and security teams at the event, will carry out Project Servator deployments which aim to disrupt a range of criminal activity, while providing a reassuring presence for the public. Project Servator deployments are highly visible and unpredictable, and can happen at any time anywhere. The team are there to help keep you safe, so go and say hi if you want to find out more. If you see or hear anything suspicious or anything that just doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and report it to a Police Officer. In an emergency, always call 999. 

To find out more about MDP Project Servator visit the GOV.UK page or follow the MDP and #ProjectServator on Twitter and Facebook. 

  • Safety is - and always has been our number one priority - both in the air and on the ground.
  • We work throughout the year with all the relevant authorities to make sure we have taken every reasonable measure towards running a safe airshow each year.
  • The Air Tattoo operates under Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regulations as it is staged at RAF Fairford, a military air base.
  • The Air Tattoo complies with all MAA regulations relating to UK air displays and, in a number of areas, exceeds these requirements.
  • Whilst the Air Tattoo is not empowered to control the movement of people outside of the airfield, every effort will be made, through signage and other communication channels, to advise people beyond the perimeter fence of our display timings and that the best place to view the airshow is anywhere at a distance of 100 metres south of the southern edge of the runway.

“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, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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