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Air show finally takes off

Local News 17 Nov, 2022 Follow News

Air show finally takes off

The Cayman Islands Air Show, previously scheduled during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in the summer, will now be staged next month in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

A collaboration between the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, The Civil Aviation Authority and the Department of Tourism, the December Air Show celebrates the 70th anniversary of the first commercial plane landing at Owen Roberts International Airport.

“The air show will commemorate when the first commercial airplane, the PBY Catalina, arrived in Grand Cayman in 1952. Our aviation industry has come a long way since then and the air show is a great way to showcase the evolution of the airplane,” said Albert Anderson, CEO of CIAA.

On Saturday morning, 3 December, the public can watch the air display above Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Public Beach. The show will feature iconic airplanes and international acts including a PBY Catalina, the Qyon Jet Team, aerobatic pilot Skip Stewart, and the Red Bull Sports team accompanied by pilot Kirby Chambliss.

In the afternoon, the static display aircraft exhibition at the Island Air Hangar will provide the public the chance to view the planes and meet some of air show participants.

The Sister Islands will also join in the fun with a static display aircraft exhibition taking place from 12:30-2pm at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport in Cayman Brac on Sunday, 4 December.

Richard Smith, Director-General of Civil Aviation, said: “We are excited that we will get the opportunity to stage an air show this year as we know that many were disappointed when it was postponed in June. We hope that the public enjoys the display of international talent and takes advantage of the aircraft exhibit.”

Kenneth Bryan, Minister of Tourism and Transport, said: “I encourage everyone to come out to enjoy the air show activities in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, from enthusiasts to families there will be something for everyone. It was a well-loved event in the past and we look forward to welcoming back future air shows to be enjoyed by the community and visitors alike.”

The public should be aware that parking access at Public Beach and the Island Air Hangar will be restricted. Motorists must park offsite and take a free shuttle to the event locations.

All information about the air show is available on www.CaymanAirShow.com.


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