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2nd-3rd June - Torbay Airshow
10th June - RAF Cosford Airshow
16th-17th June - Finnish Air Force 100th Anniversary Airshow (Jyvaskyla, Finland)
23rd-24th June - Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces Day
30th June - Llandudno Armed Forces National Day
30th June-1st July - Wales National Airshow
7th July - Yeovilton International Air Day
13th-15th July - Royal International Air Tattoo
28th July - Scotland's National Airshow, East Fortune
27th-29th July - Sunderland International Airshow
11th-12th August - Blackpool Airshow, Newcastle Festival of Flight (Northern Ireland)
16th-19th August - "Airbourne" International Airshow (Eastbourne)
23rd August - Clacton Airshow
25th-26th August - Radom International Airshow (Poland)
1st-2nd September - Scottish International Airshow (Ayr)
1st-2nd September - Airwaves (Portrush, Northern Ireland)
8th-9th September - Belgium Air Days (Kleine-Brogel Air Base)
15th-16th September - NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Air Force Days
22nd-23rd September - Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow
The Typhoon Display Team work-up begins with the selection of the Display Pilot, usually in Oct/Nov of the preceding season. The selection is conducted by the Officer Commanding (OC) 29 Squadron, Station Commander (Stn Cdr) RAF Coningsby and the Typhoon Force Commander (TFC) with the final decision being made by Air Officer Commanding (AOC) No 1 Group (1 Gp). The selection is based on previous experience and ability as a Typhoon Pilot. Currently the Display Pilot is selected from the Qualified Pilot Instructors serving on 29 Squadron, the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit (OCU).
Once selected the new Display Pilot shadows his predecessor for the end of the season and has the opportunity to fly in display practices flown at RAF Coningsby for currency. During this time the Display Pilot is tasked with designing his display sequence. The sequence is usually made up of previously approved aerobatic manoeuvres that can be flown in Typhoon. New manoeuvres require AOC 1 Gp to approve them. The Display Pilot must design not only a Full Display but also a Limited and Flat sequence used in the event of poorer weather.
During sequence development the Typhoon simulators are used to check the sequence before the airborne work-up is started. The simulator is also used throughout the work-up to prepare the Display Pilot for bad weather (including strong winds) and to practice aircraft handling in the unlikely event of an emergency during a display to ensure complete safety for the crowd.
The airborne part of the work-up starts with practices of the sequence at a base height of 5000ft, which is the normal minimum height that all Typhoon pilots can perform aerobatics. These flights are usually flown using straight line features such as coastlines, roads or runways in the local area surrounding Coningsby. The full sequence must be flown at least 6 times before the work-up (or down in effect) continues. Following successful completion of the 5000ft display practices the sequence is approved by TFC and the Display Pilot conducts a check flight with his Supervisor. He is subsequently cleared to practice below 5000ft and moves his work-up to overhead Coningsby.
The work-up continues progressively stepping down base heights from 1500ft to 1000ft. Around 2 to 3 weeks is spent at each height but it is very weather dependant. At this height level turns and flypasts can also be conducted at 300ft and 100ft respectively.
The end of the work-up is the awarding of the Public Display Authority (PDA). AOC 1 Gp personally visits RAF Coningsby watches the display, reviews the work-up and if content grants the Display Pilot PDA, meaning he can then demonstrate the outstanding performance of Typhoon in front of crowds of hundreds of thousands of people during the summer display season.
The 2018 Typhoon Display Sequence as flown by Flt Lt Jim Peterson.
The Typhoon arrives low and fast at 100ft and 500kts (1A) or conducts a loop straight from takeoff (1B). Turning hard away from the crowd into a high G Barrel Roll (2), Flt Lt Jim Peterson is in full reheat for the next 2 minutes, as he turns back to face the crowd and conduct a ‘Derry’ break and maximum performance turn with aileron roll (3).
Pulling up hard, the Typhoon will conduct a half Cuban with 540 degree roll (4). The aircraft will then fly at the crowd and perform a Canadian Break away, into a 450 degree aileron roll (5). Accelerating to 500kts, a 2-point hesitation roll to inverted is flown down the crowdline giving a good view of the top surfaces of the Typhoon before conducting a 2-point hesitation exit (6). Jim must deselect reheat for the first time in the display to stop the Typhoon from going supersonic! To turn back down the crowdline, Jim then performs a 9g half horizontal reversal (7). Each time Jim pulls 9g, his body weighs the same as an F1 car and he must work hard to remain conscious as all the blood is forced down into his legs.
Jim will now accelerate rapidly towards 600kts and descend to 100ft for the low fast pass (8). He will then conduct a 9g break (9) straight into a 495 degree roll and -3g push, putting his body under extreme opposite forces and forcing all the blood to rush from his legs to his head as he enters an outside turn (10). Fuel vapour vents from the top of the fin as he does this. The Typhoon then decelerates rapidly and the undercarriage lowered for the slow and dirty approach (11).
You can feel the power and heat from the EJ-200 engines as Jim selects full reheat once again to conduct the ‘slow and dirty loop’, also demonstrating the staggering performance and ‘care free handling’ of the Typhoon (12). He then exits with the undercarriage retracted to rapidly accelerate into the 495 degree rolling wingover (13). Jim then points towards the crowd and flies a quarter clover (14) to point away again and accelerate into the ‘corkscrew’ rolls (15). The Typhoon appears to ‘skid’ around the sky as it twists and turns.
The aircraft is back up to 500kts as it conducts a 1080 degree aileron roll (16) along the crowdline. Then, pointing back at the crowd, the aircraft performs a loop (17) and the incredible excess power can be seen as the aircraft enters a tight climbing spiral (18) to split S exit away from the crowd.
Jim will accelerate to 500kts for the 450 degree aileron roll and 9g break back at the crowd (19), highlighting how well the Typhoon can preserve its speed and energy. Jim descends to 100ft for the final pass. The Typhoon is pitched into the vertical at 9g, rocketing skyward as Jim performs Aileron Rolls in the climb to high as the airspace will allow (20A). This could be to over 30,000ft if Air Traffic Control would allow it! If Jim is staying, he will finish with another half Cuban with 540? roll but his time will put the undercarriage down and land from it (20B)!
The decision on where the Royal Air Force Typhoon Display Team perform in 2019 is controlled by the Royal Air Force Events Team and follows a carefully-managed application process. To apply send the RAF Display Team 2019 Application Form to the RAF Air Events Team at : CER-AirEventsTeam@mod.gov.uk
RAF Air Events Team,
Bentley Priory Building,
West End Road,
By phone: 020 8833 8769 / 020 8833 8762
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