On Sunday 21st September 2014 an Aviation Fair was held at Bristol Airport in the old terminal which is now known as the administration building, this event was organised by Simon Fewkes, founder and owner of Bristol Airport Spotting, a website dedicated to providing information on aircraft and aviation at Bristol Airport.
The event was a great success attracting over 400 visitors between 10.30am and 4.30pm, visitors to the fair were from all age groups, from individual enthusiasts to families on a day out with children and relatives. Visitors to the fair were greeted by fantastic views across the apron and the ability to watch aircraft taxi, land and depart within a few feet from the windows in the Bristol Room, where the event was held.
Many exhibitors also turned up on the day selling aviation postcards, aircraft models, aviation books and DVDs and a local aircraft model club also attended with a brilliant display of hand made model aircraft from all eras, an amazing sight that had to be seen. Also at the fair were the airport police on hand to offer advice and guidance to visitors on aviation security and information to spotters who help to be the eyes and ears around the airport.
Entry fees were free for children and just £1 for adults, the money raised exceeded £350.00 which was donated to the airport charity of the year which this year is Macmillan Cancer Support. Representatives from the airport were very pleased with the amount of money raised and also impressed by the amount of interest the fair generated all helping to further raise the profile of the airport.
Further fairs are planned for 2015 and once a date has been decided this will be announced on social media and through the Bristol Airport Spotting website.