Welcome to the 2013 event Sunday July 21st …and remember it's free!
The countdown continues to until the annual Air Spectacular takes to the skies above Ireland’s East Coast, as part of Bray Summerfest!
Ireland’s largest free air show takes place on Sunday, July 21st over Bray Seafront and in 2012, the family event attracted a record-breaking 80,000 spectators with similar numbers expected again this year.
The UK-based Blades ‘extreme formation’ team is set to perform a series of technically-demanding and breath-taking manoeuvres over the East Coast. The four former RAF pilots are set to thrill the crowds with high speed formations such as the ‘Hammerhead,’ the ‘Blade Break,’ the ‘Palm Tree Split’ and the ‘Centrifuge
The organisers of the Air Show at Simtech Aviation have also confirmed that the high flying duo from the Trig Aerobatic Team are set to make their Bray debut, along with the Red Hawks, the Slingsby Firefly and the Strikemaster.
The recently-restored Chipmunk aircraft, flying in retro Irish Air Corps colours is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Flown by Declan Curtis, the Chipmunk is affectionately known as the “Chippie” and is expected to be one of the stars of the two hour air show along with Gerry Humphreys in the BD 5, a homebuilt ‘mini-jet’ which is the only plane of its type flying in Europe.
There will also be special appearances by the Black Knights Defence Forces Parachute Team, Aer Lingus (and Aer Lingus Regional) and former national aerobatic-champion, Eddie Goggins.
The Display Director for Air Spectacular 2013, Sé Pardy from Simtech Aviation, said; “On Sunday July 21st, we have another fun-filled, family day out that will be sure to thrill tens of thousands of spectators. We have a whole host of eye-catching planes making their air show debut this year and we’re also welcoming back some firm favourites, so there’s something for everyone at Air Spectacular Bray.”
One of Ireland’s largest free summer festivals, the Bray Summerfest starts in early July and is jam-packed with the very best in music, food, family fun sports and a fireworks display.
More information around the Air Spectacular 2013 is available from www.airspectacular.com, or at www.facebook/BrayAirSpectacular. The official Twitter account is @BrayAirShow and the official hashtag for July 21st is #airspec.
Due to the large crowds expected in Bray on July 21st, spectators are strongly advised to use DART, Dublin Bus and other public transport services as parking restrictions will be in place.
The operations team on the day include:
Display Director Sé Pardy, Flight Ops Team Tony Merrigan, DV O'Hanlon, Jerry Dawson, Helicopter Site Manager: Dave Collen, Offshore Support: Ger Keogh, Commentary Lt.Col Kevin Byrne, Michael Comyn. Air Display Administrator: Gillian McCarthy, Media Relations for Air Spectacular Bray: Engage Ireland, Dublin
Visitors are encouraged to use available public transport, including DART, Dublin Bus and Finnegan Bus services. Plan your journey on www.transportforireland.ie
No car parking Bray Seafront except in designated car parks. Relief car parking available. If traveling by car, please arrive early. Free parking for the general public attending the display will be provided at the following locations; Florence Road Car Park, Presentation School, Putland Road, St.Thomas School on Novara Avenue, Redeemer Church car Park on Herbert Rd, Old Dell Site at Boghall Road / Vevay Road. When the Dell site is full cars will be allowed to park on the bus lane inbound on Southern Cross Road.
DO NOT ABANDON CARS IN TOWN CENTRE / SEAFRONT BEFORE OR DURING EVENT. PARKING LAWS WILL BE ENFORCED.
We want you to enjoy the Bray Summerfest Air Display. Please co-operate with event stewards, An Garda Siochana, emergency service personnel and officials.