July 17, 2008

Messerschmitt 108 at Sywell

We did rather wonder what the ME108 was doing parked next to our aircraft at Northampton's Sywell airfield last week, with TV cameras and a yellow WW II Harvard trainer in close support.

Now we know. The Times newspaper was running a story on the predecessor of the famous ME 109 but it's a pity the author can't spell 'Messerschmitt'.

Giles, the auther conveniently describes the sever cloudburst that prevented us towing a wedding banner just next door to the airfield:

"Now that we were airborne, pulling Gs seemed mercifully out of the question. A wall of black cloud was marching in from the West. We levelled out at 1200 feet and James muttered something into his headset. “What was that?” He’d been telling Air Traffic Control we were going straight back down."

You can find The Times ME108 video story here.

Is it Safe?

Google has arbitrarily decided that our website at http://www.airads.co.uk/ may be unsafe. It actually hasn't said why and has forced us on a circuitous route which involved uploading an HTML file which proves that we actually own the website rather than the Shanghai mafia.

The trouble is, that it will take some weeks I understand before the 'Googlebot' revisits and clears the offending tags and there's absolutely nothing we can do about it other thanassure visitors that http://www.airads.co.uk/ which is hosted by UK company ShopCreator, appears to be perfectly safe and owned and administered by us.

Here, in in conclusion is the result of a McAfee site scan of the main website: "We tested this site (airads.co.uk) and didn't find any significant problems."

More information at


July 15, 2008

Womad and Tolpuddle Weekend

It’s Tolpuddle time again. This weekend Airads has two aircraft up simultaneously over the Tolpuddle Martyrs anniversary rally.

Organised by the TUC, this festival takes place in the village of Tolpuddle, Dorset and takes place from Friday the 18th to Sunday the 20th July. One of the banners we are flying is for the RMT Union – we flew it at the miners march in Durham last week – and one is for the Community trades union.

Last year the weather was pretty miserable on the same occasion and so we are hoping for clear skies, for a change this summer at least.

On Saturday we are at Kemble and operating around Swindon, advertising the Womad, ‘Charlton Park 2008 Festival’ which takes place between 25th and 27th July at Malmesbury in Wiltshire.