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RIAT - Sunday cancelled.

Old 12th Jul 2008, 16:31
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RIAT - Sunday cancelled.

Err, that's it.
Shame...
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 16:43
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Are they still having the Hangar party?
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 16:44
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Well, what an unmitigated disaster. The met is supposed to be fine tomorrow as well. Have they not got contingency car parks on hardstandings on site and in the local area??
There will be a lot of hacked off punters that may not ever buy a ticket again. It takes years to wipe this sort of thing from the memory; they may suffer to come back from this??
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 16:46
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They really should consider letting people on foot/campers into the show - just making clear the carparks are shut. Just seems a shame for the Brazilians and the raptors who have travelled along way to be the stars of the show!
I bet DBH are gutted right now....

from an email they sent me (includes monday departure day details)

The organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo have announced that
the airshow on Sunday, 13 July will not go ahead.

Despite a huge effort by everyone involved to improve conditions of the
waterlogged car parks, it became clear by mid afternoon today (July 12)
that significant areas of the fields remained unusable.

Air Tattoo staff and volunteers have been working around the clock to
try and improve the conditions on the airfield and in the car parks but
have unfortunately run out of time.

Please do not travel to RAF Fairford tomorrow. For those seeking a
refund please see the details below. These cannot be obtained from the
base itself.

We appreciate that many people will be desperately disappointed but rest
assured we have done our utmost to try and ensure the show continued but
the safety of the public is paramount.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank those who had been
planning to attend the airshow, for the cooperation and understanding.

Questions and Answers:

What is the refund policy?
Please view our website Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises for details of our refund
policy. Those with Saturday tickets will be refunded but this will
take at least eight weeks due to the volume involved. Enquiries should
be directed to [email protected]

To obtain your refund please send the actual tickets with attached
stubs, together with your name, address, phone number, email address and
a note of where they were purchased to:

RIAT Refunds
The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises
Douglas Bader House
Horcott Hill
Fairford
Gloucestershire
GL7 4RB
UK

Will there be any refunds for additional costs incurred?
Unfortunately we are unable to cover any additional costs you have
incurred. A full refund will only be given for the cost of the tickets
and handling fee if applicable.

Will Park and View be open on Monday?
This will be reviewed tomorrow (Sunday 13 July) and is dependant on a
significant improvement to the designated car park. Please see
Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises for details.

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Old 12th Jul 2008, 16:46
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Shame it was flyable today but obviously the carpark problem was not fixable,this means that RIAT needs a dry week for the show to take place in future or find a car park with a hard surface,Little Rissington?
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 16:48
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Now that both showdays have been called off, is it still possible to attend departure day next Monday??
No word on this in the press release...
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 16:57
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XH558 is now at Farnborough. She is due to display Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Farnborough week.
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 16:58
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Let's hope that the organizers look after those who now have to wade through the mud taking it all down for bugger-all reward.

I'm particularly referring to the youngsters who all too frequently have missed being fed and watered in the past - while the 'grown-ups' in (and sometimes out of!) 'grow-bags'are in the p!$$ up!!!
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 17:03
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A bit of a kick in the balls really.
got free tickets for tommorow and now the only thing im going to see is two weeks of tent and marquee dismantling in the mud hoorah.

I hate the good old british summer!!!!!
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 17:05
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Just spoke on the phone with a friend who was supposed to run his aviation bookstall at Riat on both days....He's pretty pi##ed off right now...had travelled down from Manchester with a van load of stuff....has sold absolutely zilch and now getting ready to go home!! He mentioned that it was not so much a question of car parking being a problem in canx sunday,but more of a problem with the events "insurers",(or those involved in such matters),who thought the risk to spectators from "slip and fall" related accidents too risky!!
As for monday departures,he has said that several crews he has spoken to today,are now requesting sunday departures for home,so there may not be too much to see on monday if they get the go ahead.
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 17:30
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It's a crying shame that the w/e has been washed out, especially for the hundreds of volunteers who have given up so much of their free time to make it happen. And then there are the funds for the RAFBF charitable works...

Sounds like an order for PSP might be a great idea for the future.
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 17:55
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Me thinks I might be leaving earlier than usual for Duxford tommorow....
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 17:57
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What shame, I am ex BBMF and know how much some people look forward to these shows. Im sure the decision wasnt taken lightly.
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 18:04
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Just managed to get through to RIAT by phone. Park and View for departure day next Monday has NOT been called off (yet)...
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 18:26
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"Slip and fall related injuries"

Well done everyone who has been tempted into make pathetic, fatuous claims for personal injury when you really should just have taken more care yourself. (Exasperated statement addressed to the wider audience).
Well done AmbulanceChasers4U for creating a greedy, quick buck compensation culture.
Well done all the insurers and courts who don't have the spine to tell claimants making claims that are largely a result of their own stupidity or inattention to off.
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 18:47
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Just as an aside to this weekends RIAT "fiasco"...i wonder how long it will be before the climate change brigade come out with a "you reap what you sow" type statement......You know it's all you people flying in aeroplanes kicking out tons of carbon gasses thats caused this unseasonal weather!!!!
Any bets on such an article in tomorrows papers??
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 19:37
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Not wishing to be wise after the event but............. knowing that the parking area is susceptible to heavy rainfall (not unknown during the British Summer) Pressed Steel Planking aka PSP might have saved the day.
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 19:41
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Apparently (according to radio) the tried PSP, but the vehicles carrying it could not get into the fields, due to the conditions.

Stew
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 19:46
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Car parks

Car parks are not on the base due to security of a USAF airbase (post 9/11) that is lent to RIAT =

Car parks have to use surrounding fields as loaned / supplied by local farmers / Landowners (Who may charge for the use??) and happens to be on the same flood plain as the Thames =

Unpaved land that with the addition of "ONE MONTHS RAIN IN 72 HOURS" + the churning action of wheels / feet = Quagmire!!

So thats the reason. Simple really!!

PSP.. From who and who was going to lay the amount required to support 25,000+ cars in a day??
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Old 12th Jul 2008, 20:02
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I based my question re. PSP on the fact that RIAT, having held this show for some 38 years, would have come up with a solution by now. Relying on farmers fields to park 1000s of vehicles is a bit chancy and so it has proved.
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