Night-time airport visit, flying talk show, special airport vehicles and vintage cars, career guidance workshops and presentations, as well as outdoor cinema, all await visitors on Saturday, 12 August at the Night of the Airport event in Budapest, at the Liszt Ferenc Airport’s Aeropark Aviation Museum.
One of the main highlights of the evening will be starting the 1900 horsepower engine of the 66-year-old Il-14 passenger aircraft. In addition, visitors will have multiple opportunities to witness up close the operation of a small-sized jet engine, and the museum experts will also turn the engine of a legendary Kamov 26 helicopter on as well, as announced by the organisers. Nights of the Airport have been held for years now, with enormous success. The programme of the special night is enriched with several new elements this year: pilot schools will be set up in the aviation museum, where
experienced instructors will showcase the journey from gliders to the cockpit of modern large passenger aircraft,
and will also share insights into the careers awaiting those who choose this profession.
HungaroControl will welcome guests at a separate booth, providing an insider’s look into the secrets of air traffic control. Those interested in the maintenance and care of modern aircraft can take a glimpse into the hangars of the Aeroplex of Central Europe. Beside the special airport vehicles, participants can observe huge snowploughs, snow pushers, and two de-icing vehicles, demonstrating how thorough de-icing of passenger aircraft is done before take-off on cold, rainy winter mornings. In the evening, the cockpits of historical aircraft come to life as museum staff activate decades-old instruments and radios. On-board, active and retired pilots, flight attendants, and technicians will share how the aviation industry has evolved over the past decades.
Attendees will have the chance to meet Captain Zsolt Szüle, who works on one of the world’s largest airplanes, Gergely Hajdu, who captains one of the most modern passenger aircrafts, Dóra Józsa, who spent most of her career as a stewardess above the clouds, Captain Attila Leposa, who executed one of the most interesting emergency landings in the history of Malév with a Tu-134, and Captain Sándor Horváth, whose most beloved aircraft type is the Tu-154, which appeared in Hungary 50 years ago.
Furthermore, thematic tours will be ongoing, vintage airport cars will be rolling, and visitors will be able to try out the museum’s flight simulators. And when night falls, a part of the park will transform into an outdoor cinema. The detailed programme of the event can be found here.