December 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Charlotte

Happy Birthday Charlotte
A special birthday message over Wimbourne St Giles this afternoon, wishing Charlotte a very happy birthday on a stunning December afternoon.

It's quite unusual to be lucky with the weather in the middle of winter but today worked beyond our expectations.

Pictured, pilot, Simon Moores after the flight at Old Sarum airfield before departing back to Manston in Kent.

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Simon Moores

December 2, 2012

We Are Wimbledon

Out to Turweston airfield an Milton Keynes today to fly the 'We Are Wimbledon' banner over the match.

It was a perfect winter's day with lots of media coverage for the flight and a great view of the stadium.

Enjoy the video below. Here's the link to the BBC Match of the Day footage of the banner flying over.

November 30, 2012

Father Christmas over Hastings

Father Christmas Sighted over Hastings
Sighted over Hastings town centre and its main shopping centre on Thursday evening as the Sun set on a perfect winter's evening, Father Christmas, complete with reindeer and sleigh at 1,000 feet.

November 28, 2012

Happy 50th Vicki

Out to Kemble aerodrome and then Swindon today, for a "Happy 50th Birthday" message for Vicki from John.

Quite difficult and blustery winter conditions, meant several attempts to collect the banner on my part and getting the job done involved more luck than judgement.

This was the first outing for the new GoPro Hero 3 camera and it obviously works quite well, although it slipped down slighty during the flight and will have to be tightened next time.

The plan is to use two cameras in future with different views of the action.

November 14, 2012

Turkish Delight

The sunshine made an unexpected return this week and gave Airads the perfect opportunity to fly a Turkish marriage proposal over Southend pier.

It was just before dusk and although the sunset was fabulous, the light for filming video wasn't perfect. You can see the highlights here.

October 10, 2012

Loving You is Easy

Martha Loving You is Easy
Up at Sywell near Northampton today to fly a special romantic banner for Martha from Roberto. Sywell was particularly busy, with a corporate day involving some impressive Spitfire flights and the fabulous 'Blades' display team in their Extra 300 aircraft.

It was a great day for a display of any kind and you can see the video I shot for the client below, as well as the Spitfire!

Spitfire at Sywell

October 7, 2012

Love You Jodie

Love You Jodie from Mark
This afternoon's romantic banner from Mark to Jodie at the Mount Hotel outside Wolverhampton. We even had an impromptu aerobatics display from my good friend Ian Gallagher, who appeared in his Christen Eagle biplane from Cosford to say hello.

September 27, 2012

Allen Ford's September Sale

Three days of flying over Essex this week promoting Allen Ford's special autumn car sale. Romford, Brentwood and Chelmsford were among the towns being covered in the daily two hour flights.

A Yorkshire Bus Tale

Arriva Yorkshire worked with Airads in September on a flying banner campaign to introduce their new fleet of buses. Part of this involved the production of a video to celebrate the arrival of the new fleet and this has been posted to YouTube for everyone to enjoy!


September 9, 2012

Go Bark in the Park

Photographs from the 'Bark in the Park' event today at what was once IBM's Lakeside headquarters at Portsmouth on one of the hottest and brightest days of the year.

September 6, 2012

The New Drapers Academy

Airads was up over Harold Wood in Essex this afternoon to celebrate the opening of the new building at the Drapers Academy. It certainly looks impressive from the air on a fine Indian Summer's afternoon!

September 3, 2012

A Stella Weekend for Airads

It's been a busy weekend again for Airads, flying between Norfolk and Brighton with a proposal from the pier, a society wedding at Tenterden in Kent and a banner for the RMT Trade Union leader, Bob Crow, at the Burston Strike School rally in Norfolk.

The first banner photo is the proposal from Mark to Louise being picked-up on the way to the pier at Brighton. He called us this morning to let us know it's also in the Brighton Argus newspaper.

"Romantic Mark Harman, 35, from Seaford, decided to surprise partner Louise Coles, 44, with a Saturday morning stroll along the seafront. Shortly before 1pm, he dropped to one knee and told Louise to look above her head. She said: “I was half expecting a proposal but did not know anything about the plane. It was an extremely romantic gesture and certainly brought a tear to my eye.” Here's a photo of the happy couple caught by the local paper:

The third photo, further below, is from the society wedding at Tenterden where it apparently captures Stella McCartney and her husband Alasdair Willis having a chat with the groom and the bride's father. Not that I could make out faces at 1,000 feet.

More Airads excitement next week, with 'Bark in the Park' at Portsmouth and a very special 50th birthday celebration in Westgate on Sea.

August 13, 2012

Sexy Said Yes

One way of asking a girl to marry you is to be that little bit provocative. Here's one proposal that posed a mystery for the local paper as it headed towards Brighton pier one sunny afternoon.

In fact the lady said 'Yes' adding one more happy couple to Airads' unbroken 100% success record.

August 10, 2012

Another Day Another Heart

Back in the air at Birmingham this morning with Heart FM and Alton Towers on one of the hottest and finest days of this summer. Pictured is the Heart presenter, 'Top Gun" Julian Jones with Airads pilot Simon Moores.

Julian Jones and Simon Moores

August 3, 2012

Heart's Above Birmingham

Somewhere. over a misty Birmingham, an early morning breakfast show has been giving away family tickets for a day-out at Alton Towers. here's the first week's flight with DJ, Julian, from the Radio Station's YouTube channel. Today, fog forced us to stay to the south of Birmingham, near Stratford Upon Avon, Bromsgrove and Warwick and I still nurse the hope that one morning, summer will arrive up there!

July 28, 2012

Glorious Goodwood 2012

Two days of promoting 'Glorious Goodwood' with a flying banner along the sun-soaked beaches between Portsmouth and Brighton on the warmest week of the year. Lots of people on the beaches and the sea, unusually clear!

July 27, 2012

Gal Loves Al

Tonight's the start of the Olympic Games and a very special celebration over at Hoath this evening, a wedding reception and a special message that "Gal Loves Al' from their friend Steve.

July 23, 2012

On Brighton Beach

Congratulations Amy and James at Brighton seafront on Friday afternoon. A great wedding and a great success!

July 14, 2012

Durham Miners Gala 2012

The message from Bob Crow of the RMT Trades Union to Labour leader, Ed Miliband at the annual Durham Miners Gala

July 10, 2012

Congratulations Nurul and Nargis

A June marriage proposal at the romantic Leeds Castle in Kent. Unseasonable weather didn't prevent a romantic marriage proposal for Nurul and Nargis.

July 3, 2012

P&O Down the Line

I have been struggling with the P&O 175th anniversary extravaganza at Southampton.

Over at the docks, the line of cruise ships, Oceana, Adonia, Azura, Oriana, Aurora, Arcadia and Ventura was certainly impressive, that's if you could actually see them in pretty awful conditions. The Red Arrows cancelled their display but I managed a single pass down the line before running for cover at Lee on Solent airfield. I'm reminded of the quip by Mel Gibson in the film, Air America: "Here at Air America, what's considered psychotic behavior anywhere else is company policy.."

The view down the line of great cruise ships was great but to be honest, you can see I was a little preoccupied with the bad weather that ambushed me when I got there.

June 19, 2012

Surprise Surprise

Out to Brighton on Monday for one of our popular 'end of the pier' proposal. Ravi proposed to 'Sexy' and she said 'Yes.' How could any girl refuse such a romantic and dramatic gesture?


June 4, 2012

Over at Brighton Beach today to fly a promotional banner for

The Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday started with awful weather but improved just enough to get airborne to Brighton for a display at 3pm.

Here's a look at Brighton Beach from the pilot's perspective.

June 3, 2012

Save the QDG

Saturday proved to be a bit of a trial thanks to the weather.

I made an early start off towards Wales with a banner asking the public to "Save QDG - Wales Only Tank Regt,' before any of the airfields at the other end were open, relying on a reasonably positive forecast and low  cloud lifting for around 9:30.  So making my way off towards Kemble to take on fuel for the job and skirting  around London on instruments, I wasn't too happy, when I called-up Kemble on the radio from about 20 miles out and heard they had a blanket of fog and a ceiling of 300 feet.

Everywhere else for miles seemed much the same and with limited diversion fuel and needing to make a decision I had to drop into Oxford for a full instrument approach, which popped-me out of the cloud at 500 feet above their runway. Just enough time to land, take-on coffee, full tanks and then jump back into the clouds towards Wales, hoping it would be a little better when I arrived, given the call I had made earlier, on the ground at Oxford to the owner of the small private airfield  at Abergavenny.

It wasn't. Descending from 6000 feet over the Severn Estuary, visibility was non-existent, which gave me quite limited options, as on the opposite side of the road from Abergavenny, there was a rising, 2,000 foot mountain or in this case, a cloud with a very hard centre.

Using both GPS units in the aircraft, I spiraled down looking for a gap in the thick cloud cover and eventually found one, quite close to the ground on the eastern side of the airfield; dropped quickly into it and managed to find my destination, more a stroke of luck than judgement.

After that most of the day was spent sitting at the airfield waiting and hoping for the weather to clear sufficiently to get airborne over Cardiff. The first schedule, which was a parade from the castle went out of the window and so did the second, which was the start of the Wales vs Barbarians match at the Millennium stadium but by 3pm, the cloud base had lifted just enough to get going and catch everyone coming out of the match; tens of thousands of red shirts, pouring into the surrounding streets and so everything worked-out in the end.

It just goes to show that even the most accurate aviation weather forecasts can be completely and utterly wrong, which is how unwary pilots encounter unpleasant and unexpected surprises. Here's a short video of the pick-up so you can see the conditions.

May 26, 2012

Congratulations Steph & Christian

A wedding at Aynhoe Park today, a fabulous sunny day in May but with very gusty wind conditions.

It took three attempts to get the banner flying from Turweston but in the end and a little late, we managed to put the aircraft right over the wedding reception at the right time at this spectacular wedding venue near Banbury.

It all worked-out in the end and as I commented to air traffic control when I finally managed to get the banner airborne without a problem: "Miracles do happen."

May 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Betty

Airads was over the town of  Colchester, early on Friday morning with a special birthday banner for Betty. It's a pity we can't deliver breakfast as well!

March 30, 2012

A Woburn Abbey Birthday Message

Hardly what you might call a regular day today, which started-out with a 50th birthday banner for the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey,

This job had taken some planning, not only keeping it a secret from the Duke and most of the estate staff but also creating a landing strip adjacent to the 'Shoulder of Mutton Pond' for me to operate from, organising a five minute private road closure, liasing with the police and keeping the deer away while I was working.

As it was, the weather was far from great and when I transited over the 26 runway numbers at Luton, the visibility was awful and getting worse all the time. In fact, without my GPS, I doubt I would have found the abbey at all.

I dropped into the rather tight and bumpy runway with the light wind all over the place and had immediate help to set-up the banner. Ready to go in ten minutes, I got airborne for a display right on time although the conditions were at their visual minimums.

Afterwards, the Duke and Duchess came out to meet and thank me and kindly helped  collect up the banner and I took his small son (pictured) for a brief ride, which I'm sure he enjoyed.

After that, it was another very misty transit over Luton and back to Rochester to refuel and then on to the next job for the afternoon, which involved locating and photographing, in equally poor visibility, the Sussex houses of celebrities Jordan, Adele and Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, which are all within two miles of each other and Jordan and Maude as neighbours. Why I had to do all this I think you may find out in the Mail on Sunday!

March 29, 2012

Airads Over Warwick Castle

A very special day for Richard and Yana at Warwick castle on Tuesday, when an Airads banner 'popped the question.'

Richard wrote afterwards: "Thanks again for all your help, the day was fantastic, everybody was congratulating us and the owners in charge of Warwick Castle even came over to where we were sitting to congratulate us and bought us over a free bottle of champagne too. It caused a stir and put a smile on everybody's face -more importantly I will get brownie points for this for the rest of my life;)"

March 1, 2012

Kim Pops the Question on Leap Day 2012

Congratulations to Kim and Brian after a successful flight over Dartford on Wednesday 29th February.

Kin used the opportunity of an extra, 'Leap' day to use the traditional right of a woman to propose to her partner and Brian was duly ambushed by an Airads banner over the pub-garden on what turned out to be a fabulous spring afternoon in Kent.

Romance was very much in the air once again with a little flying help from Captain Cupid and Airads

February 26, 2012

Worth Waiting For

We finally managed to fly a snow-delayed Valentine's banner from Karen to Andrew, over at Compton Abbas airfield in Dorset on a glorious, spring-like Saturday afternoon.

A very special message and I'm sure the result was worth waiting for!