Month: February 2013

BADA / MAA: pre-season symposium

This week sees the MAA (Military Aviation Authority) host the 2013 pre-season airshow symposium in conjunction with BADA, the British Air Display Association. The event takes place at Shrivenham and will be attended by a whole host of people involved with making airshows happen in the UK; organisers, official bodies (such as the CAA), display directors, display pilots, commentators etc… The two day symposium incorporates presentations, open forums and networking – all if which ensure that the UK’s airshows are run in a safe and entertaining fashion, with everyone well aware of the do’s and don’t’s and rules and regulations. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the amount of work that goes in to staging an airshow of any size and is always an extremely useful event to attend. This will be the first time I’ve attended having accepted a role on BADA’s Media Working Group. I’ve got plenty of ideas in this regard and I look forward to seeing what the Association would like me to do and, hopefully, incorporating some of my own plans as well. Other than that, I’m really looking forward to catching up with plenty of familiar faces ahead of the 2013 season, and will also fit in some meetings with my colleagues on the Dawlish Air Show team. Should be a good one!...

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Change is gonna come…

I submitted these words to The Gooner but am assuming that this time, they didn’t make it through. Written before the Bayern game…….. Change is gonna come……… As I pointed out on Twitter this morning (Sunday) there is an uncomfortable synergy developing here (Bradford, Blackburn, Bayern) but more importantly, as we look at the remnants of Arsenal’s 2012 / 2013 campaign, it’s tough to argue that it is anything but over. The Santos might not be singing yet, but he’s definitely warming up. It all depends on your outlook I suppose, but the reality is that we are, once again, faced with fighting for fourth place and Champions League qualification, just so that AW and the board can claim it has been a huge success, bearing in mind how poor we’ve been, and take the Club’s accounts on an open top bus tour of North London, heralding our financial well-being. When I last submitted some words for the Gooner, on 6th December, I said that it needed sorting out and it needed sorting out fast. The January transfer window seemed like a great opportunity to do that; to strengthen the squad, to give the place a lift, to reinvigorate the supporters, to add some real depth. Sadly it didn’t happen. I do happen to think that Monreal was an excellent signing and, with the ever-improving Gibbs, the Club now...

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New issue of GAM

Issue 17 of GAM came out last Friday – and it’s a cracker, with seven top quality features, including the story of my Hunter trip…! Gloster Meteor 70th Anniversary Meiringen Air Base 35th Festival International de Ballons, Chateau d’Oex Japan’s aggressor squadron – Hiko Kyodotai March Field Air Museum Princess Juliana Airport, St Martin Hunter T7A from the...

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Coming soon – Typhoon display 2013

We’ve had a few messages on the GAR Facebook asking when the feature on the 2013 Typhoon Display will be published. I am literally just waiting on some additional information from a very busy Flight Lieutenant Jamie Norris and then we’ll be nearly there. All I can think of now is how cold it was at RAF Coningsby on 5th December – Baltic!...

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The Gooner

I’ve had a couple of pieces published on the online version of The Gooner, which THE fanzine for Arsenal fans like me. The first was titled “The end or the beginning?” and was published on 24th August 2011: http://onlinegooner.com/article.php?section=exclusive&id=2418 More recently, on 6th December 2012, “Which way now?” was published: http://onlinegooner.com/article.php?section=exclusive&id=2832 I submitted some more words yesterday but will post them here if they aren’t used! COYG Gareth  ...

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