Europe’s premier sport aviation fly-in almost ready for show time
by Kent Misegades, EAA 520919
July 9, 2009 — TANNKOSH, Europe’s largest fly-in for sport aviation, takes place this year July 17-19 at the Tannheim airport located at the foot of the Bavarian Alps in the Allgäu region of southern Germany. Hosted for many years by the Tannheim Flight School, owned by the popular brother and sister aerobatic duet of (Red Bill pilot) Matthias and Verena Dolderer, the 2009 event promises to be better than ever.
With a format similar to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, TANNKOSH ’09 offers more than a dozen pilot forums, nearly 100 vendors and an air show that features the best Europe has to offer, from historic vintage airplanes and warbirds, to homebuilts, unlimited aerobatics and current military hardware.
On Friday evening, TUIFly, a major air charter company, is sponsoring the “Tannkosh Texas Night,” complete with cowboy hats & boots and line dancing for all arriving pilots. Saturday evening features a live “Rock in the Hangar” concert. Major sponsors this year include Cessna Aircraft, Red Bull, Aerokurier, Proma and Total.
The Tannheim airport, in traditional Bavarian style, includes a restaurant with beer garden where pilots can relax after a hard day of hangar flying and air shows. In 2008, some 1,300 airplanes came to TANNKOSH, and more than 15,000 people enjoyed the three-day event. The organizers expect similar numbers in 2009, the 17th year since the fly-in started in 1993. For more details, see www.tannkosh.com. (Click the upper right link for the English version.)