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NOV 26 2012
NEWS - Dawlish Air Show Annual General Meeting This coming Friday, 30th November, sees Dawlish Air Show host its Annual General Meeting.

The AGM comes at the end of what promises to be a busy week with members of the Air Show team also attending the British Air Display Association and Military Aviation Authority end of season symposia. These events are extremely useful and are attended by airshow organisers from across the UK, giving them a chance to learn from each other and to meet with display pilots and participants to look back at the season just gone, and ahead to next year.

As you can see from the poster, the Annual General Meeting is being held at The Manor House, Dawlish, and is an open event to which all are invited to attend and contribute.

Planning for Dawlish Air Show 2013 is of course still in its early stages, but we hope to reveal additional information in the new year as we look ahead to Saturday 24th August 2013.

We look forward to seeing some of you on Friday.

The Dawlish Air Show Team
OCT 11 2012
Announcement - Dawlish Air Show 2013 Firstly, many apologies for the delay in updating the website and announcing the date for next year’s air show.

It’s been a busy few weeks, which included our annual Fund Raising Ball (full report to come next week) and it was important that we co-ordinated our plans for 2013 with other airshows and events, to ensure that we chose the best date for Dawlish in terms of participation in the flying display.

However, we can now officially confirm that the Dawlish Air Show 2013 will take place on Saturday 24th August 2013 which is a bank holiday weekend. We are very excited about the holding the show on this new date and for the opportunities it will create for local businesses and residents, as well as for summer visitors to Dawlish.

More information will be released in due course, but we can say at this stage that there will be no specific updates on participating aircraft until at least spring of next year, once we have received our allocation of displays from the UK’s armed forces. Only then will we then look at booking additional exciting airshow acts from the civilian world.

In the meantime, the huge job of putting the show together is now underway. We may well be making a plea for more volunteer help in the months to come and, as ever, fundraising is vital to help secure the air show’s future.

If you haven’t already done so, please consider joining the Friends of Dawlish Air Show (FODAS) and we are always happy to discuss sponsorship and advertising opportunities with businesses from the local area and beyond. We can be contacted via this link.

Thank you all for your support and we look forward to seeing you on the 24th August 2013.

The Dawlish Air Show Team
AUG 21 2012
Announcement - Dawlish Air Show Fundraising Ball We are delighted to confirm that the 2012 Dawlish Air Show Fundraising Ball will take place on Friday 21st September.

The venue, for what is always an entertaining and important evening for the Air Show, will once again be the beautiful Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish Warren.

It is hoped (subject to the usual operational caveats) that we will be joined at the event by the Royal Navy’s Helicopter Display Team, the Black Cats, who will actually be arriving in one of their Westland Lynx attack and surveillance helicopters!

As well as the opportunity to see the Black Cats, and their Lynx, up close, attendees will also be able to participate in a raffle, and auction, both of which will raise vital funds for the 2013 Dawlish Air Show.

That's not all, we've got live music too, courtesy of a quite superb up and coming local band, 'The Feel Good Factor'.

It's all going to make for a fun evening, but with the Dawlish Air Show's almost total reliance on souvenir programme sales, donations and support from local business, the importance of this event should not be underestimated either.

So, to assist with fundraising, we are currently putting together an impressive array of not-to-be-missed raffle prizes and auction lots, a number of which will come from Dawlish Air Show participants and the UK's fantastic armed forces.

Tickets for the event are priced at just £30 per head, including three-course meal, and tables of ten places are available. Dress code for the night is black tie for gentleman and evening dress for ladies.

In previous years, the Ball has always been a spectacular success, and we anticipate that tickets will sell quickly for what will be a fantastic night for all involved. Places are limited, so please contact us to reserve yours without delay.

Tickets are available from Presents, and The Snooky Trust, both in Dawlish, or email info@dawlishairshow.co.uk to guarantee your place at the Ball, and please ensure you state clearly how many places you require, along with a contact telephone number and postal address. Tickets will be sent out in due course, and we look forward to seeing you on the night.

If you require accommodation at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, please contact them direct, on 01626 868 000, or visit www.langstone-hotel.co.uk.

In due course, we'll be announcing more details of what you might be able to win on the night, including, we hope, a very special FREE draw with an unforgettable prize.

We look forward to hearing from you soon, and many thanks, as ever, for supporting Dawlish Air Show.

Dawlish Air Show Press Office
JUN 21 2012
Dawlish Air Show 2012 - photo update: As promised, here are some images from the 2012 Air Show, and some of its related events, courtesy of Caz Steffens, Shaun Schofield and Darron Hall

Thursday's Armed Forces Day was a success - depsite the best efforts of the weather.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund had a great time at the show and it was an excellent first visit to Dawlish Air Show for the charity:

As did the Army Air Corps with its Gazelle and this, the Apache simulator:

A major highlight was the Zumba demonstration - with added military participation! A top performance, it has to be said, especailly from two volunteers courtesy of the Royal Air Force's King Air Display Team:

Thursday evening saw the Pilot's Party and Funraising Auction. A great turn out for this event, which featured a demonstration from the Savage Skills stunt bike team, pig racing, presentations for the paper aeroplane competition and of course the raffle and auction:

Finally, we reach Friday's airshow! Here are just a few of our favourites, so far!

As a few of you have been asking, we don't yet have an update on when the Dawlish Airshow 2013 will take place but, as promised, you'll hear about here first.

In the meantime, please check out our Facebook Group, where we would love to see more of your photos and videos. If you use Flickr, you can still also upload images from Dawlish Air Shows across the years, to our new official group.

Our annual Charity Ball will be going ahead later this year, with full details to be announced, and don't forget, you can still join our Friends of Dawlish Air Show scheme, to support the show. Souvenir programmes are still available if you didn’t get your hands on one at the show, via Ebay. Please do grab one as a memento – all proceeds help secure the air show’s future.

That's all for now!

Dawlish Air Show Press Office
JUN 12 2012
Dawlish Air Show - post-event update: Well, this is our first opportunity to update the website since last week’s event, and obviously we are delighted to say that the air show was a great success.

Despite a pretty awful weather forecast for the South West region, we were always confident that it would be okay for the show to go ahead in Dawlish, and that was reflected in our optimism during the days and hours prior to the flying commencing on Friday lunchtime.

Thursday was a tough day with wind and rain at times, it was particularly wet in the morning, but Armed Forces Day still proved to be a popular attraction on The Lawn and has shown us just how successful this two day format could be, especially given kinder weather conditions. Thursday night's Pilot's Party and auction was a great success and once again proved to be an excellent fundraiser and a lot of fun for all concerned!

Some cancellations to Friday’s flying display were inevitable, with heavy winds affecting much of the UK. The RedHawks, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Sea King and Tutor, Westland Scout, Breitling Wingwalkers and de Havilland Rapide were all unable to reach us, quite simply because it would have been unsafe for them to try and do so. A great shame, obviously, but safety is always the highest priority.

We were therefore forced to re-schedule the flying programme for the afternoon, which we did on Friday morning no less, although the news that the rest of the participants were expected to reach us, made this a little easier than it could have been. We were, as you can probably imagine, delighted to receive a call from the Red Arrows relatively early on Friday, to let us know that all was well for them. As the Royal Navy Black Cats and Sea King then arrived in Dawlish shortly after that call, we definitely felt at this point that our optimism was justified!

This was confirmed when Flt Lt Jon Bond got things underway in the Tucano, shortly after midday and, despite one or two gaps, and an enforced, but extremely popular lunch break, all ran smoothly, with the Red Arrows closing the show in spectacular fashion, shortly after 4pm. We filled those gaps as best we could and the interviews and chat from our excellent commentator, Andy Pawsey, seemed to go down very well with the busy crowd on the sea front.

So what of the future? Well, we’re delighted to report that fundraising was up on last year, although slightly down on 2010. We’ve still got much to do and plenty of sums to calculate but, at this stage, we are cautiously confident that Dawlish Air Show 2013 will go ahead, commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the event as a full air show.

As for when it might go ahead, that remains up for debate. The move to Jubilee Week was undoubtedly a success, and let’s face it, you can’t guarantee fine weather in this country at any time, so that can’t and won’t be a factor in the decision! There is some support for moving the show to a weekend, but there are numerous issues to consider and we will take our time to make the right decision for Dawlish, and the Air Show itself. All we can promise at this stage is that you will read it here first.

In the meantime, please check out our Facebook Group, which has exploded in to life over the past couple of weeks or so. We will continue to interact with everyone on there and would love to see more of your photos and videos. If you use Flickr, you can also upload images from Dawlish Air Shows across the years, to our new official group. We only launched this on Saturday and there are more than 350 images pooled there already, well worth a look!

We will also continue fundraising. Our annual Charity Ball will go ahead later this year, with full details to be announced, and you can still join our Friends of Dawlish Air Show scheme, to support the show. You can now also buy souvenir programmes if you didn’t get your hands on one at the show, via Ebay. Please do grab one as a memento – all proceeds help secure the air show’s future.

We cannot complete this update without expressing our gratitude to a number of people:

Firstly, I know you will join us in saying thank you to all the crews who displayed for us and those who helped them get airborne in the first place – a brilliant effort in difficult conditions. A number of them made a special effort to get down to Exeter Airport early, to beat Thursday’s poor weather, and then conducted a vast amount of PR, hopefully meeting as many of you as possible. For that we also say a huge thank you – notably to the RAF’s Tutor, King Air and Tucano display teams, and the Army Air Corps, which brought its Gazelle and Apache simulator.

On the subject of Exeter Airport, Chris Beer and Andrew Morgan from Exeter Corporate Aviation supported us superbly in the run up to, and during, the air show. Nothing was too much trouble and, with an ever-changing programme, they provided invaluable flexibility and a great commitment to help us, at every turn. Much appreciated gents!

The air show couldn’t go ahead with out all our volunteers and they deserve a huge pat on the back, as they do every year. There are far too many of them to mention individually, but they do this for no other reason than wanting the event to succeed, and each and every one them works tirelessly to help us achieve that. Thank you also to all the local businesses who helped us and took adverts in the event programme – we hope you all had a successful few days too.

Finally, we are indebted to those of you who attended the air show and supported us; cheering the display acts, buying programmes or merchandise and donating cash to help us put the show on for you again next year.

Stay tuned for news on Dawlish Air Show 2013, and in the meantime, whatever your involvement this year – thank you once again!

Dawlish Air Show Press Office
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