Orkney Aviation Festival this year spans past, present and future.
The opening day (Thursday 9 September) reports on a new project making Kirkwall airport a testbed for new developments in aviation that can cut carbon emissions. Flights with an electric-hybrid aircraft are already under way, with more to follow, along with hydrogen-fuelled flights and island deliveries with unmanned aircraft.
There will also be news of the plans by Loganair, Scotland’s airline and Orkney’s North Isles lifeline provider, to go green. We’ll hear too how Britten-Norman, manufacturers of the familiar Loganair Islander, are aiming to move similarly to a carbon-free format.
Orkney’s pioneering role in aviation’s golden days of the 30s is highlighted on Friday 10 September, with a look at the plane at the heart of it, the de Havilland Dragon Rapide, flown by Capt. Ted Fresson’s Highland Airways. We’ll hear from Capt. Fresson’s son, whose first flight with his father was at the age of six months, and also from two people who continue to fly it today, and there will be insights from a man who has written and published a range of classic books on northern aviation history.