The annual Lydeway fly-in took place today. Despite being based at the strip for the past three years, this is the first event that I've been able to make and it was brilliant.
Nigel, the strip owner, limits the number of aircraft to about fifteen to keep things manageable. He also invites non-flying friends and local residents - everyone brings along some food to accompany the provided BBQ. A good time is had by pilots and visitors alike.
Any non-flying visitor is offered the chance to go flying with the pilots, enjoying short local rides. It's great to be able to share the sheer joy of flying and of course the event works well for building local relationships too. The combination of good weather, great food and pleasant company is hard to beat on a summer afternoon.