Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 27, 2017 12:00:41 GMT 12
From the Wings Over Wairarapa Facebook Page:
ANNOUNCEMENT: So Wings Over Wairarapa 2017 was literally a wash out. But onwards and upwards and towards 2019. We've set the dates, we're excited to announce #Wings2019 will be on the 22, 23rd and 24th February. Tickets and further announcements will be available later in 2017.
In the meantime, thanks again for your support over the last half year. All of your kind comments and understanding about the bad weather has kept our spirits high and motivated the team to bring you an even bigger and better event in 2019.
I went to Napier that weekend for the Art Deco show and the weather had such low cloud cover, I don't think anything was allowed to depart from Ardmore for local flying anyway. Quite a hilly route to Napier which needs good visibility the whole journey. Quite a few aircraft were due to appear there with the Harvards, Spitfire and a couple of jets? etc but nothing could leave Auckland before or during the weekend. Very low level cloud (~200ft) at Hawkes Bay Airport with regular drizzle showers on the Saturday. Surprised civilian aircraft were landing and taking off!
Lets hope for better weather for both shows next time!!
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Aug 28, 2017 15:51:27 GMT 12
Ah, I forgot about that one.
Unfortunately, January is always a bad time of year for me to get time off work to go away to an out of town airshow as the workmates who have school-age kids always like that time of year off. I've told them I'll never put in for annual leave in January (apart from the occasional weekend lieu day) if they never moan about me always taking leave around Easter every year, which often also includes the first school holidays of the school year.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
I did the usual thing at Warbirds Over Wanaka and entered the draw for two free gold passes at the Wings Over Wairarapa tent.
I don't expect to win, but you never know....somebody has to.
However, I'll be purchasing the usual gold passes sometime in the second half of this year, so if I won the draw, I'd donate them to somebody.
Now all we need is for a particular de Havilland Mosquito to do its first flight a few weeks before Wings Over Wairarapa, and for the owner to agree for it to be displayed at Hood Aerodrome. It's all about fluking the right timing, eh? Just like the last time a Mosquito flew at Masterton.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
We intend to make a major contribution to the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow next year. It will be on from 22-24 February at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton. This may be our only public flying display next season so we hope to see you there.
For more information regarding tickets and other show participants have a look here: www.wings.org.nz/
At the present time our display hangar at Hood Aerodrome is so filled with aircraft we can't safely offer public tours. There just isn't room to move around and the situation will only be eased with increased hangar space (some way off in the future unfortunately).
The Vintage Aviator Hood Aerodrome based aircraft collection is without doubt the largest flying collection of WWI aircraft in the world. Many of these aircraft will not been seen outside of Hood Aerodrome in Masterton. This collection will feature prominently in the flying programme on Saturday.
UK glider Team Airborne Pyrotechnics are the headline act for WOW 2019. They will perform both a day routine on Saturday as well as being the centrepiece of our Saturday Night Show. We will also feature civil, military and agricultural aircraft, gyrocopters and helicopters.
As in past shows The Royal New Zealand Air Force will feature with a significant section of each days flying. This will include the T-6C Texan II, C130, A109, NH90, P3 Orion and Boeing 757. The highlight of their show will as always be the display by The Royal new Zealand Air Force Black Falcons aerobatic display team.
Static displays include the opportunity to get up close with aircraft, emergency services displays, delicious food and wine and market stalls.
Note that Saturday tickets include the night show, but you can buy night-show-only tickets if you wish.
The Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 is adding another element to an already iconic event for New Zealand.
As well as flying with the much loved WWI, WWII, modern military, gliders, agricultural, helicopters, and first ever Night Show, the 2019 Air Festival will have a strong emphasis on education and careers for youth.
Our education and careers programme will feature across all three days of the Air Festival. On Friday 22 February we are inviting all Wairarapa schools to come to Hood Aerodrome and learn about the world of aviation.
We will have dedicated zones groundside that will focus on careers, training, technology, space, science and engineering.
All of the zones will be interactive and will have experts in each field available to talk with students and teachers, opening up their minds to the many varied and interesting fields within aviation, that they may not have considered before.
REAP Wairarapa Schools Liaison Trudy Sears has been working closely with Wings Operations & Exhibitions Manager, Chris Tracey to develop a robust, interactive and engaging programme for students of all ages.
The programme is aligned with the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum and will provide students with visual and hands on STEM experiences, an added bonus for students and teachers.
Meeting STEM requirements is great, but more than this we want to ignite passion and spark interest in students for the aviation industry. Maybe this is a career pathway they have not thought of before, or had a limited knowledge of the scope of the industry; this programme will reveal the many layers and options open to them.
The dedicated zones will be carried on throughout the three day Air Festival, so anyone visiting the Air Festival can also find out more about the aviation industry.
We have a slightly different flying format this time around. As we are having a Saturday Night Show, the Saturday day flying programme will start later than usual, expected time 2pm, straight through to the Saturday Night Show which will wrap up around 10.00pm.
If you book your ticket for Saturday 23 February, you will receive complimentary entry into our Saturday Night Show as well.
The Sunday day flying programme starts at 10.30am (gates open at 8am) and finishes around 4.30pm.
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 7, 2018 13:28:23 GMT 12
Wings over Wairarapa Press Release
7 August 2018
Calling all Volunteer Superstars
Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival is on the look-out for inspirational, energetic, passionate people who want to be a part of the 2019 Air Festival, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of this Air Festival in the Wairarapa.
Wings Volunteer Manager, Rachael Dell says this is a unique opportunity to be a part of an iconic event and a chance to learn something new, meet like-minded people and be a part of the ‘crew’ that brings the Air Festival to life.
“We are looking for a range of skills – everything from people who like working with the public, to fabulous administrators, organisers and getting- things- done types, labourers, drivers, educators, health professionals, people who have a head for logistics, event management and health and safety.”
“We’re also looking for volunteers who want to inspire young people to learn about aviation, space, engineering, technology and history.”
“There’s no shortage of roles, we’ll match the skills you have to a role you’ll love.”
“Sometimes the work can be demanding, but the rewards are plenty: the team around you, the skies above you humming with WWI, WWII, modern military, helicopters and vintage aircraft. The groundside space teeming with happy people all there for a fun weekend.”
“The Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival currently has a volunteer base of 230, some come from overseas and make the trip to New Zealand specifically to volunteer.”
“All of our volunteers are integral to the Festival’s success. Their contribution is vital for the delivery of a smooth running top notch event of this scale.”
“All volunteers are supported by the Wings team and receive training.”
Anyone interested in volunteering for the 2019 Air Festival can apply online on the Volunteers page at wings.org.nz
The Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival is the largest aviation event in the North Island. In 2019 we are celebrating our 20th year of operating Air Festivals. The beautiful Wairarapa region provides a stunning backdrop to an extravaganza of aerial action over three days, 22, 23, 24 February 2019.
The Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival will feature WWI, WWII aircraft, modern military, agricultural, helicopters, gliders and civil aircraft on display and in the skies. The Royal New Zealand Air Force display team ‘The Black Falcons’ will be a key feature of the weekend. We also have, for the first time, a stunning Saturday Night Show featuring the UK 'Airborne Pyrotechnics' gliding team.
Groundside features dedicated zones for technology, space, rocketry, drones, family entertainment, food and beverage and retail.
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 10, 2018 14:03:50 GMT 12
Wings over Wairarapa Press Release
10 October 2018
Nanogirl Coming to Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival
Nationally and internationally acclaimed Nanogirl will be entertaining the crowds at Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 as part of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities on the ground.
The STEM activities are all linked to aviation and will be held across all three days of the Air Festival.
Nanogirl is an explosive, engaging, entertaining and educational live performance programme.
Nanogirl was created by co-Founders Joe Davis and Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM. A social enterprise, Nanogirl exists to inspire, educate and empower through science, technology, science and math.
Dr Michelle Dickinson is passionate about sharing her views that science doesn’t have to happen in a classroom at school, but instead that science is everywhere and for everyone.
As part of her push to increase confidence around science, engage more public interaction with the subject and promote diverse role models in science and engineering she has created the character Nanogirl – a science-savvy female who uses her engineering skills to solve her way out of challenges in life.
Nanogirl can be found touring the world as part of the NanoGirl Live Science show – the world’s only female led science show that features academically trained female scientists and engineers playing Nanogirl on stage.
Wings over Wairarapa Operations and Exhibitor Manager, Chris Tracey says securing Nanogirl as part of the groundside entertainment is a coup.
“Their work is funny, engaging and inspirational. The way they teach is very clever; they bring science and engineering to life in the coolest ways possible. You get so wrapped up in the performance, leave with a big smile on your face and more than that you’ve learnt something.”
“Having Nanogirl as part of the Air Festival will be a huge draw card for us. They will complement all of the other STEM activities on the ground across the three days. Our activities are engaging, hands on, interactive and celebrate all things aviation.”