A night airport visit, an aviation talk show, special airport vehicles and oldtimers, career guidance activities and demonstrations, and an open-air cinema will be on offer at the Ferihegy Aeropark aviation museum in Budapest on Saturday, on Airport Night.
One of the evening’s highlights will be the start-up of the 1,900-horsepower engine of the 66-year-old Il-14 airliner. The demonstration will be held at 6 and 8 pm. Visitors will also have the chance to see how a small jet engine works and the museum’s experts will be operating the engine of the legendary Kamov 26 helicopter.
This year, Airport Night will also feature several new elements:
pilot schools will be set up in the Aeropark, where expert instructors will show the journey from gliders to the cockpit of today’s large passenger aircraft, and will also tell the story of the careers that await those who choose this career.
Hungarocontrol will have a special stand where visitors will be given a behind-the-scenes tour of air traffic control. Those interested in the repair and maintenance of today’s modern aircraft will also be able to take a look at the hangars of Aeroplex of Central Europe at Ferihegy.
In addition to the special airport vehicles, visitors will be able to see giant snow blowers, snow ploughs, and two de-icing vehicles, and will also be shown how passenger aircraft are thoroughly de-iced before take-off on cold, wet winter dawns.
In the evening, the cockpits of historic aircraft will come to life and museum staff will install decades-old instruments and radios.
On board, active and retired pilots, flight attendants, and technicians will talk about how the aviation industry has evolved over the decades. Visitors can meet Captain Zsolt Szüle, who works on one of the world’s largest aircraft; Gergely Hajdu, who pilots one of the world’s most modern airliners; and Dóra Józsa, who spent almost her entire career as a stewardess, among others.
There will also be themed walks, vintage cars at the airport, the museum’s aircraft simulators, and in the evening, part of the park will be transformed into an open-air cinema, where two episodes of the legendary Airport series will be shown.
Via MTI, Featured photo via Facebook/Aeropark