MerlinJon wrote:Any news on what will be participating this year?
mav wrote:I received the first Newsletter this morning as a friend of the Dawlish Air Show, I'm surprised they only reached 200 members so far because every penny of the £10 you donate goes towards funding the Air show and for your tenner you get a great limited addition enamelled badge, advance information on the Air Show and by the way the newsletter also confirms the King Air flying and Merlin static. In addition to the badge you also get a certificate of membership. Friends Of Dawlish Air Show aim to get 1000 members and raise £8000 so anyone looking to support should send your application fee and form which can be downloaded from http://www.dawlishairshow.co.uk/friendsof.php
trebleone wrote:It's sad that so many people seem to want something for nothing and aren't prepared to put their hands in their pockets to help support what must surely be the best venue for a seaside airshow. If you enjoy it, cough up ..... or it ain't gonna happen
It's just six weeks and one day till Dawlish Air Show 2010, so it's high time that I provided all of you, our loyal followers, with another update.
First of all, I'm delighted to report that we are now able to confirm that the show WILL take place. There had been genuine doubts about that due to the bombshell that was dropped on us regarding traffic management for the event, but thanks to many people coming forward and offering their services, we are now confident that we can meet the requirements that have been imposed upon us. That said, if anyone else would like to volunteer their services there are plenty of jobs that they could help with!
As you may have read recently on Facebook and some of the aviation forums, we are still struggling to find the levels of funding required to assemble the kind of line-up that we've become accustomed to in recent years. In fact, we're a good £8000 short of where we need to be in order to deliver anything close to that, and we're still without a headline sponsor for the event.
If you can afford to make a donation, no matter how big or small, there are a number of ways that you can do this. In addition to being able to donate on the website you can also make out cheques made payable to "Dawlish Air Show" and hand them in at Lloyds Bank in the town, or hand them to staff at Swiftprint, Dawlish Taxis or Dawlish Town Council. For those of you 'out of town' and wanting to pay by cheque, if you send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org you'll be provided with the address to send it to.
Think of it this way, if every single person planning to attend the show gave just £1 we'd be sitting pretty and in a position where we could put on a really impressive display for everyone - the budget would be far bigger than for any of those shows that have gone before. The ball really is in your court! If you want to see the participation list grow significantly in the run up to the show it is going to require you to put your hand in your pocket, and the sooner you can do so the better - any funds collected on the day of the show itself will be used to fund the 2011 event.
A really good way of supporting the show is to become a 'Friend'. At the last count we still had in excess of 700 membership packs left available. At just £10 each, if we could sell all of them we'd obviously have almost reached that £8000 target! More details can be found here: http://www.dawlishairshow.co.uk/friendsof.php
I have to say, looking through the list of those who have joined the scheme and those that have donated separately, that it's extremely disappointing to see so few enthusiasts' names appearing. Given the way the show's run to provide the maximum number of (almost unique) photographic opportunities, I think that's a pretty sorry state of affairs, if I'm being completely honest…. Maybe it's the case that people are waiting to see what's confirmed before they donate? Sadly, as it says above, we can't afford to book display acts that we're unable to pay for, so it's a real chicken and egg situation. Hopefully the confirmation that the show will take place might spur some of you into action.
It's not all bad news however. I'm delighted to announce that once again our friends at the Search and Rescue Training Unit (SARTU) at RAF Valley have very kindly agreed to provide a Griffin helicopter for static display at Dawlish Warren. Subject to serviceability it's hoped to be one of the grey examples more typically found plying their trade at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus with 84 Sqn.
Please dig deep.
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