"The effect of Nigel's flying on women must be guarded against; some go decidedly weak at the knees and have difficulty breathing
between the screams"
(Extract from References)
Yak Display offers a variety of display activities for different occasions, ranging from a fully aerobatic display with commentary for airshows, displays for weddings or private events, corporate affairs, and, last but by no means least, a world-exclusive act called the "Ted Devils".
Each year new ideas are incorporated into the displays to best show the capabilities of the aircraft and to entertain the crowd.
As you would expect, strict rules and regulations have to be complied with for safety reasons, which include suitability of the location for a display, crowd separation distances and weather requirements.
It goes without saying that the display Nigel performs on the day is well practiced. The display routine usually starts to take shape in February each year, and practice comprises of performing the individual manoeuvres at a safe height before combining them (in the right order to account for energy management) before finally bringing the whole routine down to the minimum Display Authorised height.
Three routines are defined; a full display, a rolling display (limited vertical manoeuvres), and a flat display to cater for less than ideal weather conditions. All are practiced regularly as part of the regulations laid down for Civil Aviation Authoity (CAA) Display Authorised (DA) pilots before they perform. Other considerations also have to be taken into account such as escape routes from each manoeuvre at any stage due to engine, airframe or other problems.
There's a lot to think about in the air - not just the display itself, but the positioning of the aircraft in relation to the crowd, taking into account any wind, plus the need to communicate on the radio if necessary (yes, even while upside-down), and turning smoke on and off! Add to that the need to keep a look-out for other aircraft, and checking heights and speeds at various key points in any one manoeuvre, and all this while under the stresses of 'G' forces of anything from +5 to -3! That's why Yak Display also generally has a Flying Display Director on the ground to assist in both safety and timing of the display.
This short insight shows that display flying is far more than just performing the correct moves in the air, as we point out in our Display Commentary.
The result is a spectacular, safe performance that people on the ground will find difficult to forget. Some of the items in the routine look particularly daring, and you'll find yourself holding your breath at certain points. Trust us! This is normal!
Browse our pages to find out more details on the types of events we provide displays for.