Unless there’s a significant change to their departure system I won’t revisit. I was waiting for over an hour with engine running until I started to taxi and that was with an adhoc procedure introduced by the ground marshalers. I arrived at my destination (Sion) about twenty minutes before they closed.
As every year I’m coming, not so much because of the fair but to meet friends.
I haven’t decided yet, but it is likely that I’m coming.
I will be there
Might be a good idea to book the same restaurant for the Saturday evening. They have flexible space and the food is ok.
As usual i will be there in one day trip , only if the wheater is good ( vfr only), more for the flight than for the fair, the stuff is more or less the same .
Will come if able but probably by car – airplane is way too much hassle.
Planning to come – first time with my aircraft to try out the slot system…
The slot booking system works nowadays when it is online, and you have to pay.
In the past it was a phone based service which was horrendous, and when it was free to book people just booked loads of slots speculatively.
Set yourself a reminder to hit the booking site the moment it goes live.
The whole thing has a really arrogant smell about it, and some of the ATC behaviour (tower, not Swiss approach control which is excellent) compounds it. See past years’ EDNY fly-in threads. Filing the flight plan requires some care. ATC make it fairly clear that the show is a nuisance and they would rather have less work.
The roots of it go back years when the show was packed but today’s audiences are maybe half of 2008.
One thing is to be firm in refusing grass parking if directed there and you don’t want it. I have not had a problem in the last few years but got bogged down before that.