Helicopter Display Treat

Thursday, March 7, 2013
By Martin Myall

The Spanish Air Force, helicopter-display team, has just confirmed that they will be participating in the yearly air display in Motril on the 16th of June.

The Patrulla ASPA, which is based in Armilla, Granada, will only be putting on three displays this year around Europe, with one of them being on Playa Poniente, Motril, where last year 30,000 spectators gathered to enjoy the fun.

The team, which uses five Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri, last performed in Motril in 2007.

The Chairman of the Andalusian aeronautical association (Orion), José Miguel Pérez Juárez, emphasises the importance of Patrulla ASPA‘s participation in the VIII Festival Internacional Aéreo de Motril because it is one of the few helicopter display teams in the world.

So popular has this aeronautical event become that this year it has been included in the European Airshow Council.

Also on the day there will be a display of aircraft models as well as the III photo competition to judge photographs taken on the day. Another great feature will be a display put on by Spanish Champion pilot, Macías Alonso, in an interactive display where he will trace figures in the sky at the request of children amongst the spectators.

Also participating will be Carlos Bravo, who is a flying instructor and aerobatics pilot belonging to the Fundación Infante de Orleans (FIO), who will be piloting a Chipmunk – oh boy, have I been in a couple of those blighters, hanging upside down in my straps as a Space Cadet (Air Training Corps).

You can obtain more information on the airshow as well as on Orion at: http://www.aaao.es/

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