HALF PRICE Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today click here

Aviation events in September: 5 you won’t want to miss

PUBLISHED: 13:57 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 24 August 2017

Silvaires at Sywell (c) Geoff Collins, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Silvaires at Sywell (c) Geoff Collins, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


Keep your diary clear, these aviation events will have your September sorted.

Scottish International Air Show – September 2 – 3

Since the show began in 2014, its audience has been rapidly growing and around 150,000 visitors are expected to visit Ayr this year. Of the 40 displays and attractions on offer, look out for the Battle of Britain memorial flight featuring the Lancaster Hurricane Spitfire, the RAF Falcons parachute team landing on the beach and the Red Arrows finishing off the show.

Starting from 10am each day, entry is free for the general public but there are additional fees for parking and for premium tickets – both of which can be purchased online.

The show is viewed from Ayr Beach and the Esplanade. Motorists should follow designated routes to prevent congestion.

A post shared by @smab5 on

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show – September 23 – 24

In honour of the many men who gave their lives during this period of World War II, visit the Imperial War Museum to learn about Duxford’s role in the conflict and the aircraft that were stationed there. You’ll get to see dog fights, pyrotechnics and aerobatics while entrance to Duxford’s museum and buildings comes in the price of the ticket.

Your £29.50 ticket (under-16s go free and all tickets must be purchased in advance) will allow you to see several Supermarine Spitfire, the Avro Lancaster PA474 and the Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF L6739.

Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge, CB22 4QR

A post shared by Matt Drabble (@matt_drabble) on

Shuttleworth Heritage Day – September 3

Celebrating 175 years of the Clayton & Shuttleworth company and the legacy of Richard Shuttleworth, revel in an enormous display of fully-working vintage and rare aircraft including the Gloster Gladiator and Sopwith Camel. Flying takes place from 2 till 6 but tours and other activities are available from 9 in the morning.

Tickets start at £24 for adults and kids go free. Camping and caravan spots are available in the huge grounds of the Shuttleworth estate if you you’d like to spend the night surrounded by Bedfordshire countryside.

The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP

A post shared by Adrian (@adie1412) on

Open Cockpit Evenings – September 15 – 16

Explore the cockpits of monsters like the Short Brothers Belfast long-range transport craft and World War II fighters like the Luftwaffe’s Focke Wulf 190. A £12.50 ticket will get you a small taste of what it was really like to fly these much-loved aircraft and also allow after-hours access to the museum.

Cockpits will be open from 6 – 9 in the evening so don’t miss out on this unusual experience.

Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Avenue, Cosford, TF11 8UP

Sywell Classic: Pistons & Props – September 23 – 24

With a number of internationally renowned aerobatic display teams already booked in, this eclectic event – it also features numerous motoring displays and live music – is shaping up to be quite the spectacle. The Blades, The Yakovlevs and The Breitling Wingwalkers are all confirmed to bring their own unique styles to the weekend.

Three-night camping deals are available while adult day tickets begin at £18 per person.

Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton, NN6 0BN


For more follow us on Facebook and Twitter


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Pilot visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Pilot staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Pilot account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from News

Mon, 15:10

The Civil Aviation Authority have issued the guidance and provided further details for all concerned.

Read more
Mon, 14:54

An Airbus A350 XWB flew 30 tonnes of relief goods and medical personnel to Guadeloupe while nearly 200 will be evacuated

Read more
Mon, 14:31

There will be new listening-out codes for Liverpool, Southend and Brize Norton, changes to Gatwick, Stansted and Southampton codes while the London City code will be renamed

Read more
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Three new bursaries up to £1,500 were announced by the Trust at the LAA Rally at Sywell on 1 September, which will assist ‘solo standard’ young pilots to complete their training.

Read more
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Liverpool-based pilot has won the highly popular scholarship that helps young pilots learn to fly vintage and classic aircraft

Read more
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Gulf War, Falklands War, Bosnian Conflict and Aden Crisis will come under the spotlight in a series of unique and exciting talks at the Museum of Army Flying this autumn.

Read more
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

After the weather and mechanical issues curtailed previous attempts, Hinton jnr flew his highly-modified P-51 Mustang ‘Voodoo’ at an average speed of 531.53mph on Saturday to become the fastest piston-engined aircraft in the world.

Read more
Monday, September 4, 2017

Airbus Perlan Mission II, the world’s first initiative to send an engineless aircraft to the edge of space, made history yesterday in the Patagonia region of Argentina by soaring to over 52,000 feet and setting a new world altitude record for gliding.

Read more
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hinton will be attempting the record in ‘Voodoo’, the P-51 Mustang that he has piloted to three Unlimited-class titles at the Reno Air Races.

Read more
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Civil Aviation Authority today launched a campaign to enlist the help of the GA community in educating drone users on how to fly safely.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read

Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine