I have been asked what I will do about trips this year and I think the honest answer is that despite the best laid plans to do anything, the decision to cancel Paris Air Show unfortunately will set the tone for our hobby this year.
I’m very proud that despite getting caught up with lots of trips being cancelled last year, I kept every single customer informed as to how I was going about reclaiming money spent on things like flights, hotels and van hire, and they ultimately got their money back. Every single one of them and not one complaint about how I dealt with it – something I appreciated as I worked really hard to make it right despite my own personal predicament being severely affected by COVID.
Now next year, I do not want to encourage anyone to do anything that goes against UK Government or any other country guidelines. As we have seen this year, there has been no joined up thinking as every single country has taken differing approaches to controlling the virus, and this makes it impossible currently to know the following;
What events may or may not happen?
Whether we would be allowed to travel there and have to self isolate on arrival?
What would be open and what we would be allowed to do once in country?
Would we have have to self isolate on return?
Certainly your family and employment need to be taken into account before committing to any trips that I think are feasible and realistically going to happen.
So with that said, I will only be formally advertising three trips for now and they will be Oshkosh/Chicago in July, Moscow/ARMY Kubinka in August and Australia/Avalon in November. The big doubt there has to be Oshkosh unless there is a big turn around the USA.
The ARMY event at Kubinka amazingly went ahead last August and so I imagine that will be OK this year and would be a great opportunity for you to tick the fantastic Monino museum off your bucket list. Everything is crossed for Australia and I have hope that Avalon will go ahead given how the Australians have controlled the virus. The Australians really want to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAAF too.
As we see how the this year pans out, there maybe the chance to do things at short notice and if the USA opens up at all, I would be keen to do a storage airfield bash maybe in conjunction with Seattle & Moses Lake. A lot of what has gone in storage won’t be coming back out and there will still be many MAX/777-9/KC-46 sitting around I think. I will also be keen on restarting the always popular Toulouse/Hamburg trips.
Sorry about the pessimistic tone, which coming from a glass half full person does go against the grain. I think honesty is always the best policy and I welcome any enquiries about the proposed trips or any other ideas as things start to open up. Until then, stay safe and all the very best to you and your family!
Moscow (ARMY) 2021 – Saturday 21st to Monday 30th August 2021 tbc
Australia/Avalon (100th anniversary of Royal Australian Air Force/Australian International Airshow) – Wednesday 17th November to Wednesday 1st December 2021 – exact dates to be confirmed
Proposed tours being investigated currently and more details to follow. Please feel free to ask about any of these if interested and we will update you as to current progress.
Hamburg/Toulouse (Airbus & ATR) – January, March, May, July, September & November 2021
Oshkosh, Chicago & National Museum of the United States Air Force (Wright-Patterson) – July 2021