July 29, 2006

Fly Alfa Romeo

It's 'Cowes Week' at the Isle of Wight and Airads is busy flying a specially designed sheet banner for Meridien Milano,advertising their Alfa Romeo cars.

We had a small hitch with a slow oscillation on the first run to Cowes but this was quickly fixed by adding extra weight to the base of the lead pole and after this, it all worked fine.

This kind of thing is far more difficult to fly than people might think.

July 19, 2006

Much too Hot at Farnborough 2006

More brush fires breaking out between here and London and the temperature showing 41 Celsius at Brimpton airfield near Farnborough today as we prepared for our detail over the airshow.

The heat meant that the density altitude at ground level was equivalent to 2000 feet and the aircraft struggled in the thin hot air to do its job

Picking-up the big Dubai Aerospace banner was equally difficult with the buffeting the aircraft received in the hot air close to the ground.

I’ve attached a few photos taken above the airshow here. Spot the stealth fighter and of course the big A380 airbus for the aviation buffs among you.

July 18, 2006

Watch the Skies

We've been doing the display at the Farnborough Airshow for the last two days this week and three more to go. Here's a picture of the huge A380 airbus on the runway.

Here's a photo of one of the crop circles I spotted near Rochester, I found them again this afternoon, so here you are, an exclusive of sorts!

Pointing the way to Farnborough for the aliens perhaps.

July 16, 2006

Tolpuddle Martyrs Rally

Back again to celebrate the annual rally in memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Airads was busy flying a Trade Union banner over the march which takes place in the small Dorset village of Tolpuddle to commemorate the men who were deported to Australia, over 150 years ago, for starting a small Trades Union.

The six Tolpuddle Martyrs were all farm labourers, paid 9 shillings a week and lived in dreadful poverty. Their leader George Loveless, decided to set up a Union in Tolpuddle to give the labourers bargaining strength.

In 1834 James Frampton, a local landowner, wrote to the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, to complain about the union, invoking an obscure law from 1797 prohibiting people from swearing oaths to each other, which the Friendly Society had done. James Brine, James Hammett, George Loveless, George's brother James Loveless, George's brother in-law Thomas Standfield, and Thomas' son John Standfield were arrested, found guilty, and transported to Australia.

Farnborough 2006 - Welcomes Dubai Aerospace

A short video showing the test flight preparation for the Airads pickup of the Dubai Aerospace banner for the Farnborough 2006 Airshow.

July 3, 2006

Just Married - Kev & Grace

Today's personal message from a proud father to the happy couple in Westbrook, Kent..

July 2, 2006

Powerboat Weekend

Over the annual powerboat races at Ramsgate today. Lots of fast action with some of the boats overtaking the aircraft as it towed a property website advertisement banner above them.

July 1, 2006

Homes in the Sky

We have been towing a banner for Terence Painter Properties today along the North Kent coast from Birchington t Ramsgate, advertising new homes in Thanet.

If anyone does call 01843 599130 and moves in for only £99.00 let us know!

More photos here.