Orkney Aviation Festival 2022

This year’s Aviation Festival looks back at one of the most daring pioneer flights – the first flight across the North Sea in 1914 by the Norwegian Trygve Gran. It looks back too at the crucial moment in April 1940 when the skies over Orkney had European significance. It looks widely at the art and design of aircraft as part of the overall art of engineeting.

WHY SUSTAINABLE AVIATION IS BRINGING PROFOUND CHANGE

September 8 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm

David Holden, Sustainable Aviation Manager (HIAL) and Dougie Cook, North Airports Manager (HIAL) will give an overview of SATE (Sustainable Aviation Test Environment), based at Kirkwall Airport, how the project has progressed so far as well as looking to the future.

WINDRACERS

September 8 → 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Olivia Opperman, Windracers Project Manager, will be discussing the use of a large Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to provide routes connecting the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. She will also review past testing as well as giving an overview of the aircraft and future plans.

Prof. Andrew Rae, Professor of Engineering UHI (University Highlands and Islands), previously the Chief Engineer at Ampaire, will give an inside view on Sustainable Aviation and the detail behind the different platforms – including some pro’s/con’s around each.

AVIATION AND THE ART OF ENGINEERING (Postponed)

September 9 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm

"The art of engineering,” says Prof. Dougal Cameron, “is the greatest of all the arts of mankind in that it uses science and art in the creation of useful objects and does so in the service of humankind in all of its aspects." He himself specialised in industrial design and became in 1970 the Head of Industrial Design at Glasgow School of Art, where he was involved in the design of the first obstetric ultrasound scanners. He has written many books on Scottish aviation history as well as on his other passion – steam engines.

YOU OUGHT TO TAKE A NORWEGIAN WITH YOU (Postponed)

September 9 → 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Robert Foden tells the story of the first flight across the North Sea, made by the Norwegian Tryggve Gran in 1914, from Cruden Bay to Stavanger in a Bleriot monoplane. To take off he had to clear the electric tram wires over a grassy take-off slope. On the way across the North Sea a fuel cut-out caused his engine to stall and the propellers only started up on the second tank when he was 15 feet above the sea. Amidst the rocky landscape near Stavanger he at last found a field, to surprise a farmer who had never seen a plane before.

THE NORTHERN BATTLE OF BRITAIN (Postponed)

September 9 → 7:30 pm8:30 pm

In the early morning of 9 April 1940 Germany occupied Denmark and invaded Norway. The evening before, German bombers had launched their biggest attack so far that spring on the British fleet in Scapa Flow. On the night of 10 April around 60 aircraft came back, to face a barrage of anti-aircraft fire. What was happening in the air that spring? How close was it? Has its significance been fully recognised? Four aviation historians discuss – Commander David Hobbs, Ian Hutchison, Anthony J. Cumming and Paul Beaver.

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