Aviation visitors walked, drove and flew into an action packed three day Aero Expo/Heli Expo 2017 held at Wycombe Air Park from June 1 to June 3. Visitors were able to view static aircraft of both the fixed-wing and rotary variety together with more than 150 stalls and exhibitor stands selling everything from the smallest service part to full size aircraft.
It was also an opportunity for pilots with their own aircraft to fly into the event from other parts of the country or Europe for either a day or the entire event. Due to the good weather many pilots chose to fly in with the aero park being full for all three days.
Visitors were treated to some world class helicopter flying as the airfield hosted the UK leg of Helicopter World Cup as organised by the Helicopter Club of GB, which drew in helicopter crews from both the UK and Europe. This gave spectators an opportunity to see first-hand how helicopters such as the Robinson R22, R44 and the MD Hughes 500 could be made to handle by some of the best crews in the UK and Europe and then speak to either the crews or experts from HQ Aviation about the helicopters.
Fixed-wing manufacturers were also well represented with Aero Expo taking place at the same time with two halls dedicated to exhibitors and OEM manufacturers.
Many of the stalls were busy with people looking for items ranging from propeller bolts while others completed significant trade deals during the show.
On display on the static park were aircraft from Alpi Aviation, Cirrus Aircraft UK Ltd., Daher, Pilatus Aircraft and Textron Aviation to name just a few of the exciting aircraft manufacturers that were on static display for the general public to view over the three day event.
The event was also the public debut of the Piper M600 which drew a healthy crowd of admirers from those attending the show.
Those who attended on Saturday were treated to a high class display of aerobatic flying by Richard Goodwin in a very patriotic liveried Pitts Special which wowed the crowds with high energy manoeuvres while trailing white smoke. At the opposite end of the flying spectrum Guy Westgate using his highly manoeuvrable glider put on both a near silent and balletic display for the crowd.
Those inspired by what they had seen were able to talk to Frank Van Houten, Dutch Rush Aerobatics, who was parked on static display outside Hall A where he chatted to sponsors and members of the general public about aerobatics and his SU-26
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