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An airshow is an event at which aviators display their flying skills, normally to the public, but occasionally to invited guests, or employees and their families only.

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Some airshows are held for commercial motives, gaining income from onlookers or from companies hoping to sell aircraft, but many are held to raise funds for charities. Usually they are arranged at airfields in which case a variety of static aircraft and helicopters might also be on view. Less often shows are held over the sea near popular coastal resorts. Where space allows, other entertainments and market stalls may add to the attractions on offer at an airshow. The better organised shows and those with longer flying displays will tend to be more expensive and sometimes discounts will be offered to those booking in advance.

Pleasure flights in aircraft (possibly historic types) and helicopters are offered at many airshows, normally before and after a continuous sequence of afternoon displays. Magazines aimed at aircraft enthusiasts will normally include a list of forthcoming airshows in their February, March or April editions. Shows at military bases are liable to be cancelled or postponed during periods of international tension.

Safety at airshows

It is important that no litter be dropped at or close to airfields. Litter can be ingested by engine intakes and may attract birds that represent a safety hazard to aircraft. Debris can also be blown into people's faces by propellers or jet exhaust, or the downwash from a helicopter. Stay alert to any aircraft taxying, hovering or starting an engine close to you. There may be security, emergency or traders' vehicles moving along or across pedestrian routes during the show. Aerobatic display teams may emit smoke that can drift over public areas and irritate. Parachutists will not always land clear of the crowd. These are further reasons to ensure that children are well-advised and closely-supervised at airshows. Wherever children are allowed to look inside military aircraft, remember that these are not furnished in the style of a passenger airliner; much apparatus protrudes from ramps, floors and fuselage sides in a helicopter or aircraft designed for soldiers or bulky cargoes. Assist children or companions unsteady on their feet with these hazards in mind. It is NOT a good idea to take a pet to an airfield or airshow.



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