On June 26th, 2016, we arrived at Tuzla, Constanta County, at the „Alexandru Podgoreanu” Airport. A busy week would follow in which the organizers and the volunteers, including us, would work together to finish the last organizing details of the 10th anniversary edition of Aeromania 2016 aviation event – that would take place on July 2nd, 2016.
The story of Aeromania began in 2006 under what would be known as „Fly-In Tuzla” until 2009. During this time the event took place above the beaches of Costinesti and Mangalia. Aerobatic planes, commercial planes, school planes and helicopters have attended the airshow. Starting with 2009 „Fly-In Tuzla” was renamed Aeromania. The aircraft continued to fly along the beaches of the Romanian sea coast until 2012. Since 2012 Aeromania has been held at Tuzla Airport. Over the years at „Fly-In Tuzla” and later on at Aeromania those present at the seaside and at the event have been entertained by the aerial evolutions of numerous pilots and aerobatic teams: Jurgis Kaiyris, Zoltan Veres, Luca Bertossio, Ali Ozturk, Francesco Fornabaio, Semin Ozturk, Regional Air Services, Hawks of Romania, Aerobatic Yakers, White Wings, Romanian Aeroclub, Romanian Air Force and Romanian Naval Forces.
Besides famous or less famous pilots, aviation photography enthusiasts and not only, had the chance to see many types of planes, helicopters and gliders at the air-show: Diamond DA 40, Diamond DA 20, Antonov An-2, Mig-21 Lancer, Liusinov Li-2, Yak-52, Sukhoi Su-30, XtremeAir 3000, IAR-330 Puma Naval, Augusta-Bell AB-206B Jet Ranger III, Guimbal Cabri G2, Augusta Westland AW139, Eurocopter AS 365 N Dauphin, Extra 200, Zlin 50 L, Pitts Special S2B, IS28 B2 and many more. The events organized between 2012 and 2018 at „Alexandru Podgoreanu” Airport, Tuzla registered a participation of about 15,000 to 19,000 people. Besides the aviation show they could also enjoy the food-court specialties and the evening concerts. For us personally it was a special edition for several reasons: it was our first participation as photographers, organising volunteers and media partners. It was also the first time we saw the aerial display of the Mig 21 Lancer from the 86th Air Base – Borcea and the amazing pilot Jurgis Kairys piloting his Sukhoi Su-31. But above all these “first times” we were lucky to watch an impeccable coordinated air show orchestrated to the last detail by Mr. “AirBoss” – Mugurel Toma. At the end of the airshow the public was entertained by performers such as R.O.C.K., Mihai Margineanu and Zdob & Zdub. Also a classic cars exhibition was organized by Retromobil Club Romania.
Among our “firsts” we can also count visiting and „working” for a few days at the first private airport in Romania. This enterprise is the result of the hard working team at Regional Air Services. And, if we take into consideration that they also suceeded to found a Flight School, the first Sea Survival School and Aerobatic School, we can say that they accomplished a great deal! Personally, I do not think of Aeromania 2016 in terms of experienece, photographs or just another air show, but as a great opprtunity to meet special people – the other volunteers and the team at Regional Air Services. The last edition of Aeromania took place in 2018. As of 2019 this event was canceled due to reasnons that we are not aware of. Maybe someday in the future we will see planes flying again at Tuzla – Aeromania.