At the weekend of 28th–29th May 2016, Pardubice will host the Aviation Fair for the 26th time. Beyond doubt, the greatest attraction, including in terms of her size, will be the American World War II amphibious flying boat PBY-5A Catalina. This aircraft with a wingspan of almost 32 metres is powered by two 1200-horsepower radial engines. As she is an amphibious flying boat which is in her element both in the air and on the water, the question arises as to whether she could make use of the broad surface of the Elbe river in Pardubice. "Nowadays even taking off from water surfaces and landing on them has to meet certain regulations setting out the distance of obstacles and the necessary length of the surface, besides other things. The Elbe doesn't satisfy these regulations. The Aviation Fair visitors will be sure to see the historical Catalina directly at the Pardubice Airport, where she will star in an aerial demonstration featuring a historical scene from the fights in the Pacific, and she will also be a part of the great group of historical planes, which was an attraction to both the spectators and pilots last year," said Jan Rudzinskyj, one of the Aviation Fair organizers.
At the last weekend of May, the Aviation Fair will again include a varied programme on the ground with several demonstrations and different activities for kids.