With new covid restrictions announced by the French government, Coupe Icare organisers have changed the format of this year’s event. The fancy-dress flying and air shows have all been cancelled and the dates of the testival have been changed.
While the event normally attracts 60,000 members of the public over the four-day weekend, this year’s event will focus on the flying community.
President of the organising committee Daniel Raibon-Pernoud said: “Our aim is to turn the constraints into an opportunity. Everything will be put in place to ensure an unforgettable gathering in spite of the context: equipment tests, air sports trade fair, projections of the selected films of 2020 and 2021 and plenty of surprises.”
The event will now run from Tuesday 14 September until Sunday 19 September, starting with a two-day testival and also encompassing the Icare Expo trade show and Icare Cinema film festival. With no airshows planned this year, free flying will be allowed throughout the event.
Pilots who want to attend will have to pre-register for tickets online from August, and also be able to present a French ‘health pass’, available through the TousAntiCovid app in France. It is not clear how non-French pilots or overseas visitors will be able to show they are vaccinated or covid free.
More at coupe-icare.org
Read the full press release here.