LAA Rally 2021 Plans Get Green Light
Rally 2020


The LAA is pressing ahead with plans for its 2021 Rally at Sywell from 3rd to 5th September, based on Covid-safe guidance. The exhibition area has been redesigned to allow social distancing to be maintained, with more open-sided marquees to ensure appropriate ventilation and many other attractions are also being developed to offer a Covid-safe environment. In addition the Rally will also celebrate the Association’s 75th Anniversary with special exhibits and some rarely seen aircraft, of all generations.


“The success of the NHS Coronavirus vaccination programme, and the consequent Government Roadmap, means we can feel positive about the LAA 75th Anniversary Sywell Rally being run as close to ‘normal’ as possible” said Eryl Smith, who chairs the LAA Rally Committee. “We will offer all visitors a Covid-safe environment including more open public spaces and the avoidance of fully enclosed exhibition marquees. We have been encouraged by the enthusiasm of many of our long-term exhibitors, who are already requesting booking information and are looking forward to returning to the unique, informal, friendly atmosphere of the event”.


For all visitors, the Rally offers opportunities, not only for bargains and special deals from exhibitors, but also on the “airside”, with close-up access to Britain’s biggest aircraft gathering free to members and £10 per day for non-members. The Rally presents a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to see the aircraft up close, meet and chat to the pilots, and learn how accessible and affordable ‘flying for fun’ can be.


Other successful elements will continue, including the popular Speakers Corner lecture area (with appropriate distancing of course) and the Homebuilders Centre providing insight into what is involved in building one’s own aircraft. Part-built projects, representing wood, metal and composite construction, will be on display with their builders, plus demonstrations by experts in particular build disciplines.


Admission prices to the event have always represented excellent value for money, particularly for LAA members who pay just £6 to cover all three days, including airside access. Non-members pay £15 to cover all three days, plus £10 per day for airside access.


The LAA intends making this not just a commemoration of 75 years of the largest powered flying Association in the UK, but also a celebration of the return to a normal, stress and Covid risk-free way of life.


April 2021