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Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:05 am Post subject: HeliDays 2011
The Bristol Evening Post is reporting that this year’s HeliDays event at Weston-super-Mare “has been axed after failing to attract any sponsors”. The report states that the organisers have been unable to attract funding for the three day event after losing a grant from the local town council, of which event director Elfan ap Rees is a local councillor. Given that the event only broke even the last two years, the lack of grant in economic times which are yet to improve, the cancellation decision was the only realistic one to be made.
HeliDays has attracted many people over its 20 year history, and will be missed by helicopter pilots and enthusiasts alike, plus of course the thousands of visitors it brought in by road. Over the years it has been run, the event has raised a very impressive total of over £500,000 for local charities.
Mr ap Rees is also reported as saying that there were “issues with military participation” which were also contributory to the decision, although he is hoping to run a scaled-down event on 23-24th July in the field behind The nearby Helicopter Museum, of which he is Chairman of the Trustees. EVen this will require confirmation from various organisations and aircrews before it can be confirmed.
Mini-HeliDays is on...at the Helicopter Museum in Weston Super Mare 23-24 July ,with the Czech air force bringing a Hind and Mi-17 and other fly in visitors expected.
If you want to fly in it is strictly on a PPR basis to Elfan Ap Rees on 01934 822524 /e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good opportunity to not only get close up and familiar with a Hind but also to see the newly restored G-LYNX...still the world's fastest true helicopter..back to its original speed record standard and colour scheme and alongside another new restoration , Navy Lynx XX910.
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