SHOREHAM AFTERMATH COULD HIT PENARTH SUMMER FESTIVAL AIR-DISPLAY

The mighty Avro Vulcan V-Bomber flying level with the top of Penarth Head at last year's Penarth Summer Festival Air Show

Eye-Level:  The mighty Avro Vulcan V-Bomber flying at an altitude of just 200 feet – level with the top of Penarth Head –  at last year’s Penarth Summer Festival Air Show.

The magnificent four-hour long flying display held over Penarth Esplanade for the 2015 Summer Festival could well turn out to be the last time such an event is held featuring jet aircraft.

In the wake of the tragic Shoreham air crash in September last year, new tighter restrictions on air shows across the UK are to be introduced by the Civil Aviation Authority which – it’s expected – will increase the costs for organisers and participating aircraft.

It is also likely to become  much more expensive to organise insurance-cover for such events.

The Hunter jet performing at the shoreham air show came down on a main road and on cars and spectators

The Hunter jet performing at the Shoreham air show came down on a main road killing 11 people

A total of 11 people were killed when a Hawker Hunter vintage jet performing at the Shoreham Air Show crashed on a main road . The interim report into the incident – just published – says that  show’s organisers were “unaware” of the pilot’s display plans and had  failed to carry out a proper risk assessment.

All aircraft performing at Penarth stayed over the sea - but were still close to the Esplanade

All aircraft performing at Penarth stayed over the sea – but were still close to the Esplanade

Last year’s Penarth Summer Festival predated the Shoreham crash. The festival was the 50th to be held and all the stops were pulled out to make it a memorable day – which it certainly was .

Tree-top height at Penarth . The Vulcan was never designed for low flying - but it became part of her repertoire late in her career.

Tree-top height at Penarth . The Vulcan was never designed for low flying – but it became part of her repertoire late in her career.

The highlight for many at the Penarth Summer Festival was the display by the last airworthy Vulcan V-Bomber which thrilled the crowds with manouevers many thought just wasn’t possible in such a huge machine.

The Global Stars Aerobatic Team - arriving out a clear blue sky over Penarth

The Global Stars Aerobatic Team – arriving out a clear blue sky over Penarth

The display aircraft at Penarth’s Summer Festival were all routed to fly over the sea but as it was high-tide that afternoon it meant that many aircraft came close to the crowds on the sea front. There were several aerobatic performances which appeared  at times to be close to,  but never directly above the Esplanade.

Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings

Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings

On Wednesday night this week – before the outcome of the Shoreham interim report was published – the  Deputy Town Clerk of Penarth Keri Hutchings had asked the members of the Policy and Finance Committee to include “Events” – including the Summer Festival and Air Show  in the council’s annual  “Risk Management Report

The Risk Management Report covers all council activities including the employment of staff, entertainment and the arts, Penarth cemetery, secure storage, health and safety and financial management.

Deputy Mayor of Penarth and Leader of Penarth Town Council Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)

Leader of Penarth Town Council Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) told committee members he had heard that there had been “a lot of worries about air displays”  and that some  “North coast resorts” were having a great deal of trouble in getting insurance. He said this matter might need to be discussed as a separate item [at a later date].

The Deputy Town Clerk’s suggestion of setting up events as a separate category of the council’s risk management procedures  was accepted by the committee

Elsewhere some of the 200 planned air shows due to take place in the UK this summer have already been cancelled because of the uncertainty and higher fees being brought in by the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority .

New – tighter- rules  now apply to  vintage jets like the Hawker Hunter restricting them just to simple flypasts rather than aerobatics. Meanwhile the Vulcan which thrilled the crowds at Penarth last year has been grounded and will never fly again.

 

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5 Responses to SHOREHAM AFTERMATH COULD HIT PENARTH SUMMER FESTIVAL AIR-DISPLAY

  1. Martin gossage says:

    I recall the Vulcan was always going to be retired and did a final tour of events across the country.
    To say it was grounded sounds like a safety issue. Well done to Keri for getting it to come back on Festival day after it had to call off due to weather conditions on Armed Forces Day.
    Looks like no more airshows for us but how were we going to top the Vulcan anyway?
    Ps I didn’t really need another reminder of the fireball at Shoreham.

    • Ralf says:

      It was grounded as a result of safety issues, but not a single particular one.
      Engineers with experience of working with the aircraft were becoming very rare and so maintenance was becoming a problem.
      The single biggest problem is that that particular airframe had logged more flying hours than any other Vulcan and therefore impossible to anticipate any future known technical malfunctions.

  2. A local Penarth Resident says:

    Anyone know why the union flag painted on the side of the Vulcan558 in the photo is painted upside-down?

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