The LAA Sywell Rally is GO!

Following the Government’s decision to remove all mandatory requirements on social distancing and limits on outdoor events, the LAA Rally at Sywell on 3-5th September is most definitely ON!

While many large scale events have had to cancel, reschedule or radically change what they can offer this year’s rally aims to provide all the usual exhibits and facilities members have come to expect. In addition to a host of exhibitors with products, services and aircraft on display this year will see an enlarged Homebuilder’s Village and Flea Market stand together with some iconic aircraft that illustrate the 75 years of the Association.

Ensuring a safe and enjoyable Rally remains the top priority and in addition to redesigning the layout of the main exhibition site to create Covid-safe spacing, the LAA Rally Working Group will continue to liaise closely with Sywell and monitor and adapt plans in light of any future changes in Government guidelines. As we go to press there are no plans to enforce social distancing, wearing of face masks, or the need for health checks on entry but we will encourage everyone to be respectful of others and be responsible for their own actions.

The challenges of recovering from lockdown have left Sywell without the customary air traffic control team. As a result the Rally will operate under an experienced team of air/ground radio operators led by Popham’s Chris Thompson. Finalising these arrangements with CAA has delayed the opening of the slot booking system which is now expected to open at the beginning of August. Full details on slot bookings and downloadable flight information will be available via the LAA website.

There is much still to do and there will be regular updates via LAA Rally website pages so do check them out. If you haven’t already done so make sure you have the 3-5th September in your diary and come and celebrate the return of the rally at Sywell.



Photography (mostly) Neil Wilson

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