The Yorkshire Air Show is due to become bigger and better following an announcement by the organisers to run the two day event bi-annually.
Following a couple of years of exceptionally bad weather, the break will allow the organisers time to implement new drainage systems to combat wet and boggy areas of the airfield which have affected the smooth running of the show.
The organisers are planning to augment the flying displays with a range of exciting events on the ground to provide non-stop entertainment throughout the two days.
Part of the money earmarked for next year’s show will be allocated to the one in 2009 to cover the dramatically increased costs needed to stage the larger event.
Commenting on the decision event director, Ken Cothliff, said:
“We were extremely proud that, unlike many shows and events throughout the UK this summer, we did not have to cancel but instead, under difficult circumstances, delivered an air show to entertain the many thousands of people who came along to see us.
“Despite holding the event in August, the last two years have proved that we cannot rely on the weather. By reducing the dependency on aircraft for the show, we can guarantee fabulous entertainment even if we have the odd aeroplane that cannot fly in.
“Elvington’s 3000 metre runway is one of the longest in Britain and has been used to break all sorts of speed records. It therefore gives us so much scope with regard to the type of exciting displays we can run on the ground.
“We have had some terrific support from our many sponsors, most notably the Yorkshire Post, and we want to ensure they have a show of which they can be justifiably proud.