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LCA Tejas to join LIMA ’19 flying display for first time

LANGKAWI | The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft will be on display at this year’s Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition.

With the Royal Malaysian Air Force now considering purchasing 30 Tejas jets (it previously favoured the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder), the Malay government has already requested the Indian-built jet attends the show this March. According to Indian media, the Indian Air Force will be showing off the Tejas in the show’s aerial display.

The Tejas has already been displayed at several events in India, including Aero India and Air Force Day. It has also performed abroad at the Bahrain Airshow 2016.

Jupiter Aerobatic Team are first display act for LIMA ’19

LANGKAWI | The national aerobatic team of Indonesia look likely to perform at this year’s Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition.

The team, who fly six KT-1B Woongbi turboprop trainer aircraft from Korea, announced their participation on Twitter yesterday, saying they were “preparing” for the biannual event.

They are one of the most regular contributors to the LIMA flying programme, having participated in every show since 2013. However, they had to withdraw from the 2015 event after a major mid-air collision during the training days. Thankfully, there were no fatalities.

Photo: Adam Landau

In 2017, the team provided one of the highlights of the week when they performed a pair of formation flypasts with the Black Eagles of the Republic of Korea.

LIMA is one of the largest airshows in Asia and is set to be held on the 26th-30th March 2019. No participating aircraft have been officially announced by the organisers so far.

Where will the Red Bull Air Race land this year?

SALZBURG | The Red Bull Air Race are yet to announce their 2019 calendar, but with the first race just over a month away, the first details are already emerging.

Earlier today, the Blades Racing Team confirmed on Twitter that the first race of the season will be held in Abu Dhabi next month. We believe the dates for the race will be Friday 8th and Saturday 9th February.

Cannes may host the second or third race of the season, with local events websites suggesting the French leg of the tour could be held in April, although we are unclear on their sources.

City officials in Budapest have confirmed the event will return to the Hungarian capital on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July. This is despite the city’s mayor pledging to ban the event last summer after locals complained of noise disturbance and road closures.

Also expected to host a race next year is the Russian city of Kazan, which is currently two years into its three year contract.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, USA, completed their three-year contract to host the race last year, but IMS bosses are said to be pleased with crowd sizes and said in October that they were keen to negotiate a new deal. The IMS website suggests they are planning to host a race this year, but no date is given.

Probably off the cards is the city of Porto in Portugal. Around 850,000 turned out to watch the race in Porto in 2017, but the championship didn’t return to the city last year. Porto’s mayor told local media in December 2018 that, while the matter would not be closed until later this month, he did not expect the series to return to Porto in 2019.

The remainder of the season is still unknown to us at the current time, but there are other locations clearly on Red Bull’s radar. Challenger Class pilot Kenny Chiang told the South China Morning Post last year that the “wheels were in motion” to bring the competition to Hong Kong (although he admitted this could still be some way off) and Singaporean media reported that Red Bull twice tried to bring the event to the southeast Asian city state in 2010 and 2014.

It is obvious that the Red Bull Air Race are keen to expand their presence in Asia; the 2014 season finale was originally scheduled to be hosted in China before it was moved to Austria, and as recently as 2018 a further planned stop in an unspecified Asian venue was dropped from the schedule.

The UK is one country not to have hosted the Red Bull Air Race in two years, with many British fans hoping the series will return in 2019. Four years ago, Red Bull told YM Liverpool that it was not in talks with any UK venues while it’s three year contract with Ascot Racecourse (2014-2016) remained in place. London, Longleat and Kemble have all hosted the series in the past, and campaigners in Folkestone have also called for the event to be brought to their town. Perhaps with a British pilot back in the Masterclass, the Red Bull Air Race will return to the UK once again?

Another venue for consideration is Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia. Matt Hall told This is Flight in 2015 that he would love to bring the event to his Belmont base. The local council made a bid to host the race in 2016, but this ultimately fell through when the state tourism authority decided not to back the move, believing it was not worth the money.

The Red Bull Air Race has held eight races per year in recent seasons, but target an eventual fifteen races per year.

We can expect the release of their preliminary 2019 calendar in the very near future – we’ll have all the latest here on This is Flight once it has been announced.

Up to 30 WWI planes to fly at Wings Over Wairarapa

MASTERTON | Up to 30 WWI aircraft, some of which have never seen before, will perform this February at one of New Zealand’s largest airshows.

The unprecedented display from the Vintage Aviator World War I collection will form a major part of the Wings Over Wairarapa flying display on the 22nd-24th February 2019.

This will include an RAF Be12 and Airco DH.4, which have never been displayed in public before, according to the Wairarapa Times-Age. Organisers are also targeting a combined display featuring RAF SE5a and RAF Be2 biplanes flying with a unique RAF FE.2b fighter.

The aircraft are restored and operated from Hood Aerodrome, where the airshow is held.

F-35 & F-22 to star at Australian International Airshow

MELBOURNE | Aircraft including the F-35A Lightning and F-22A Raptor will be strutting their stuff at the Australian International Airshow in Avalon next year.

The initial performer lineup sees an incredible mix of aircraft from the Australian Defence Forces and other air arms. Among the highlights will be the airshow debut of a Royal Australian Air Force F-35A in the flying display and a demonstration by a USAF F-22A Raptor.

Also starring at the show from the Australian Defence Forces are the Roulettes, flying their new fleet of PC-21s at the event for the first time, and displays from the EA-18G Growler, F/A-18A/B Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, C-130J Hercules, C-17A Globemaster, C-27J Spartan, KC-30A MRTT, E-7A Wedgetail, P-8A Poseidon, Hawk 127, MRH-90 Taipan, CH-47 Chinook and ARH Tiger.

Two foreign air arms are currently slated to contribute to the show: the Republic of Singapore Air Force will send a CH-47 Chinook and PC-21 for the static display, while the United States Air Force will perform aerial demonstrations with the F-22A Raptor and C-17A Globemaster. They will also contribute a B-52H Stratofortress and KC-135 Stratotanker to the static lineup.

Three of Australia’s civilian formation teams will also participate, including the Sky Aces, lead by aerobatic ace Paul Bennet, and the Russian Roolettes. The third team will be the Jetworks Display Team, flying a pair of S.211 jet trainers in the colours of the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

Joining the lineup for the first time will be the Sky Bandits, a trio of display pilots from Lithuania and Romania lead by Australian International Airshow regular Jurgis Kayris. Other European acts at the show will include champion glider pilot Johan Gustafsson and Jacob Hollander flying Scandanavian Airshow’s Grumman Ag Cat. The Ag Cat will be performing both its LEDs, Laser and Pyrotechnics show at night and its Catwalk wingwalking routine during the day.

Photo: William Reid

The Temora Aviation Museum, always strong contributors to the show, will be sending an A-37B Dragonfly, Spitfire Mk.XVI, Lockheed Hudson and CA-13 Boomerang.

The Australian International Airshow will open to the public on the 1st-3rd March at Avalon Airport near Melbourne, Victoria.