The 2016 RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day took place on Saturday 2nd July.  The Air Displays had many of the regular visitors taking to the sky, including the Red Arrows, the Wildcat display team and the Apache Display team. On the ground there were many stalls and attractions to visit including the main Society stand.

The society had one of our largest displays with many different items of varying interest to look at. Alongside the paper plane building challenge we had the two new Schools-Build-a-Plane flight simulators which were just as popular as they had been at the Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show, seeing a constant stream of young and old, experienced and inexperienced challengers.

The society were delighted to have one of the winning schools from the recent Falcon Initiative programme, Dene Magna School also attend the Air Day. The pupils and teacher brought along their winning prototype flight simulator to showcase what their full model would be able to achieve. The pupils were programming the simulator, explaining to the bystanders what they were doing and helping out with the paper plane building challenge!

The society also brought along the new young members 3D Printer to demonstrate the technology that exists now days. This was not only a success for inspiring the young generation but also amazed the older generation, many a discussion was presented into what the future may hold for the aviation industry, for which we are hopeful for some interesting entries to our Go for Gold competition.

As if that wasn’t enough, we also had our main membership stand, including goodies and some apps and videos to have a go with on our IPad. Overall with over 35000 visitors, sunshine and aircraft it was a very successful and enjoyable day. The RAeS would like to thank Dene Magna School for coming to showcase their flight simulator project for which we are very excited to see the next stages!   


Kathryn Law
6 July 2016