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Cowes Week

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It's Cowes Week at the Isle of Wight and Airads is busy flying a specially designed sheet banner for Meridien Milano, advertising their Alfa Romeo cars.

We had a small hitch with a slow oscillation on the first run to Cowes but this was quickly fixed by adding extra weight to the base of the lead pole and after this, it all worked fine.

This kind of thing is far more difficult to fly than people might think.

Meanwhile, on the way home, a field is ablaze just short of Leeds castle in Kent, We gave the police a call from the air and hopefully they'll tackle it before it runs out of control.

It's Elvis

Elvis it appears is alive and well and somewhere over Farnborough.

I’m not joking. All this week on the way into the Farnborough air show, we keep hearing: “Farnborough this is Elvis” and it sounds just like the legendary crooner, with a deep- throated southern American accent. I try not to laugh and wisecrack back at air traffic control but they seem to be used to the presence of a phantom pop star over Surrey.

Actually, Elvis appears to be ‘parked’ above the air show from 12:00 on and I wonder if he’s in some kind of security or surveillance aircraft or helicopter. I listened in earlier today as a royal flight lifted out of Kensington Palace and shot across our nose en-route to the show, so it’s pretty busy over there. Watching the F18 do its aerobatics display from the air is something else.

Rochester has grown another elaborate crop circle opposite the M2 and I spotted three more brush fires today and an expensive-looking motor launch that had run aground in the channel mud flats bet…

Too Hot

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More brush fires breaking out between here and London and the temperature showing 41 Celsius at Brimpton airfield near Farnborough today.

I’ve attached a few photos taken above the airshow here. Spot the stealth fighter and of course the big A380 airbus for the aviation buffs among you. If not, then I’m too hot and bothered like everyone else to write much here today.

Alien Visitors

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If it's quiet here it's because I've been doing the Farnborough Airshow for the last two days. Here's a picture of the huge A380 airbus on the runway.

Here's a photo of one of the crop circles I spotted near Rochester, I found them again this afternoon, so here you are, an exclusive of sorts! Perhaps it was pointing the way to Farnborough for alien visitors.





Tolpuddle Martyrs Flight

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Back again to celebrate the annual rally in memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Airads was busy flying a Trade Union banner over the march which takes place in the small Dorset village of Tolpuddle to commemorate the men who were deported to Australia, over 150 years ago, for starting a small Trades Union.

The six Tolpuddle Martyrs were all farm labourers, paid 9 shillings a week and lived in dreadful poverty. Their leader George Loveless, decided to set up a Union in Tolpuddle to give the labourers bargaining strength.

In 1834 James Frampton, a local landowner, wrote to the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, to complain about the union, invoking an obscure law from 1797 prohibiting people from swearing oaths to each other, which the Friendly Society had done. James Brine, James Hammett, George Loveless, George's brother James Loveless, George's brother in-law Thomas Standfield, and Thomas' son John Standfield were arrested, found guilty, and transported to Australia

Farnborough 2006

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A short video showing my test flight preparation for the Airads pickup of the Dubai Aerospace banner for the Farnborough 2006 Airshow which starts tomorrow.

We'll be opening the show every day this coming week.

Opportunity Lost

An opportunity lost a couple of hours ago. Messrs Blair, Darling and Milliband were in a speedboat visiting the windmill farm opposite Herne Bay and I had just cycled over there along the sea wall.

With a little more warning, I could have got to the airfield and put-up a “Free Thanet” banner or perhaps a more interesting message to the Prime Minister. Better still, he was in an inflatable RIB and I have a large hook that swings from the back of the aircraft to catch banners and quite possibly, the occasional Prime Minister too. – Dream on!

Lights Out

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Very dark out towards London this afternoon. I was headed for Dunkeswell in Devon for a job for Ernst & Young but didn't get any further than Rochester when the lights went out and the rain started.

Whether the predicted storms will touch us here in Thanet I don't know but somewhere is going to get very wet in the next few hours. we'll still have a drought though!

Fast Movers

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Over the annual powerboat races at Ramsgate today. Lots of fast action with some of the boats overtaking the aircraft as it towed a property website advertisement banner above them.