|The Aerobility outside exhibition space|
Also on display this year was our new ballooning venture - we took along our specially designed balloon base complete with its newly made stand which allowed potential users to test out the accessibility of the seats. It also gave our volunteers somewhere to rest their weary legs! The balloon seats proved to be very popular and many people stopped to ask if there really wasn't a basket to go around them...
|Audrey, Nick, Mike, Pedro and Mary showing off Aerobility Ballooning|
A highlight of the exhibition, not just for Aerobility but for everyone that attended, were the amazing glider displays performed by gliderFX's Guy Westgate. As an Aerobility Ambassador Guy was a fantastic representative for the charity, drawing in lots of positive interest with his Aerobility branded Fox glider. When it wasn't busy displaying, Guy parked the Fox up next to G-BSYY and spent time demonstrating how to hoist someone into the front seat. Guy performed each day with the assistance of his tug pilot, Paul.
|Guy showing off the impressive display ability of the glider....|
|... as well as it's functional capability|
Guy also treated those that waited patiently on Saturday evening to a breathtaking display at dusk, complete with pyrotechnics and LED lighting. The display reduced the crowd to complete silence, and with no background noise to compete with the swooping and swishing sounds of the glider as it twisted and turned through the air had a magical effect.
|The display was a highlight for all that saw it.|
|Guy challenges the limits with every display, an attitude consistent with Aerobility's own.|
AeroExpo was also a great chance for us to catch up with old friends and update them on all of our activity. It also saw the return of our much-loved Aerobility mascot, Wilbur, who wasted no time in going round to let everyone know that he was back. A hit with the kids and adults a like, Wilbur managed to get himself snapped with anyone who is anyone!
|Wilbur with the Pooleys gang.|
|Stopping to catch up with the latest news...|
|With our friend Dean from Nicholson MacLaren|
|And he even managed to catch our Chief Executive, Mike Miller-Smith!|
We were also very pleased to see our friends from Haywards Aviation Ltd, who are a great support for Aerobility. Hazel was busy selling raffle tickets and Matthew made sure that entry onto their big red bus was subject to a few pennies in the box for Aerobility.
|Mike with Haywards Aviation Ltd.|
So that's it for this year - we're already excited for AeroExpo 2014........