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Pardubice Aviation Fair 2024

One of the oldest and most popular air shows in Central Europe

Dates: June 1-2, 2024

Pardubice Aviation Fair
Pardubice Aviation Fair

Pardubice Aviation Fair is the biggest air show in the Czech Republic, held at Pardubice Airport, East Bohemia. The popular event features aeronautics performances in the air and lots of interesting ground displays, which include vintage planes and exhibits on aviation technology developments.

Tickets and Scheduling

The gates of the Pardubice airport open to the general public at 8 am and close at 6 pm on both days, but the main program will begin at 12 am and end at 5 pm. The entry cost varies from 89 CZK for the children's pass to 2500 CZK for the VIP ticket. Admission is free of charge with ZTP/ZTPP pass and for children aged up to 5 years old.

Pardubice Aviation Fair Program

The two-day program of the Aviation Fair in Pardubice promises nearly five hours of flight demonstrations performed by the pilots maneuvering both vintage aircrafts and state-of-the-art vehicles developed for the Army of Czech Republic. The highlight of the event that regular visitors are looking forward to is the solo display of the iconic yellow EC135T2+ rescue helicopter, provided by the DSA aviation company. While usually, the aircraft is used to serve those in need, the rescue team will demonstrate a simulated rescue operation at the show.

A well-loved aerobatics performer, Martin Šonka, is a constant presence at the annual Pardubice Aviation Fair, with fans flocking to him for autographs at his very sight. He is also part of this year's program and, as always, will stun the audience with his spectacular maneuvers on Extra 300SR, an impressive aerobatic monoplane. Not only that—you will also have an opportunity to see him in action on the training aircraft Z-142C AF by the Pardubice Aviation Training Center.

Historical Reenactments

The fair is also widely known for its reenactments of famous battles and various events from aviation history. The performances of the most skilled pilots from different countries and famous aircraft are accompanied by pyrotechnic effects, ground equipment, and soldiers in historical uniforms. This year, the organizers would like to commemorate the memory of brave Czech pilots who served in the British RAF during World War II by setting up a period camp of that era. The soldiers adorned in appropriate uniforms, the setting of the 1940s, vintage weapons, and, of course, aircraft displays will prove to be interesting for any history buff.

The public will have a chance to admire standard annual participants of the fair—historical Trojan aircraft from the Austrian Hangar 7 collection. The legendary planes have changed their color from red to blue and white, but the Bulls logo is still as recognizable as always. While the Trojan has a track record of performances at the Pardubice Aviation Fair, it will be its first performance in the new color.

Location

Thanks to the venue's accessibility, you can easily reach the designated area by several transportation options. Bus lines 88, 8, 23, and 24 will help you reach the airport. After catching any of these buses, you can hop onto a train and travel from there. If you'd like to drive on your own, parking spots are available right near the international airport.

Pardubice Airport is just a 15-minute drive away from the center of Pardubice, which makes for an easy commute between the event's site and your preferred living accommodation. While the area doesn't boast a vibrant restaurant scene, several eateries operate near the airport, including Restaurace Zlatá přilba and Hostinec Na Špici, where you can treat yourself to delectable rustic cuisine.

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Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen