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Update from our CEO - Green Zone Developments

Published: 20 Feb 2020


Dear Air Tattoo Supporter,

I'm delighted that we've started so strongly with our aircraft participation announcements, a legacy largely from our recently departed Head of Air Operations and testament to the strong relationships his successor, Peter Reoch, already has with air arms from around the world.  Many of you will know Peter. Most recently he was Operations Manager at the RAF Cosford Air Show as well as being a long-standing Air Tattoo volunteer.  He will be contacting you in a few weeks to share with you his initial plans and thoughts.    

One area in which Peter has already played a big part is developing the Green Zone at the western end of the showground. In previous years, when we have been able, we have positioned a number of fast jets from the flying display in that area, on what was the Green on base car park.  In order to improve your experience further for 2020 we intend to park the visiting international display teams in this area; this will provide a unique opportunity to see aircraft close-up as they taxi in and out for their display slot.  But, as you can imagine, this operation won't be without its challenges; one of the biggest being the pedestrian route for those parked in the off-base Green car park to access the showground.  However, we believe the benefit of seeing taxiing display aircraft up close outweighs what might be a small delay in getting in and out of the show.  

In addition to aircraft parking, further developments on the western airfield include Activity Zone improvements and the new Family Enclosure with free activities for children.  Whilst we know many of you only come to the show for the aircraft, the aim of our parent charity is to encourage an interest in aviation amongst young people; therefore offering this type of facility gives children and parents a fun-filled day out, with the backdrop of an airshow.  The more young people who are exposed to the wonder of flight and magic of aviation the better - for the future of the aerospace industry, the RAF and airshows, hence our policy of admitting under 18s free with a paying ticket holder. The Family Enclosure is also in response to feedback from attendees who bring children and those who don't.

Thank you for your continued support and with less than 150 days to 'lift-off', we're looking forward to an exciting run-up to the show. You can find out more about this week's update from the Air Operations Team here.

Paul Atherton

RAFCTE Chief Executive

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