Orkney Aviation Festival 2021

Orkney’s Aviation Festival 2021 takes place over two days – 9th- 10th September and covers the present, past and future.

Day One focuses on Sustainable Aviation with contributions from SATE, Loganair and Britten Norman.

Day Two begins with a look back at the classic De Havilland Dragon by aviation historian Iain Hutchison. This aircraft was a common sight in Scottish and Orcadian skies from the 1930s-50s from the days of Ted Fresson and Highland Airways and still used BEA well into the 1950s. This is followed by a discussion about the Rapide with Iain, Richard Fresson, whose father Ted set up Highland Airways and David Findon of Scillonia Airways, owner of Dragon Rapide G-AHAG which he flew to Orkney for the 2015 Orkney Aviation Festival.

The festival ends with an interview with BA Captain Shona Bowman about her work as chair of the charity AEROBILITY which encourages disabled people to learn how to fly, her Orkney family connections and flying Dragon Rapide G-AHAG in Orkney in 2015 

Shona Bowman

This year’s Orkney Aviation Festival will run online with thanks to the Orkney International Science Festival.

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