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Morayvia's Science and Technology Experience Project (STEP) is a project to bring together a number of disciplines from aerospace and astronomy to technology and arts-related activities into a single centre of excellence in Moray, but serving the northeast of Scotland, the Highlands and beyond.

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Cockpit Fest 2018

Jim and Nat made the long trip south to Cockpit Fest 2018 at the Newark Air Museum on Friday 22nd with our Jet Provost T.4 XS176 Cockpit. This event is for the many groups who own or care for aircraft cockpits. It was Morayvia’s first venture so far south. The idea was to attend the event so we could promote Morayvia, but also make contacts with other groups who could potentially assist Morayvia in improving our aircraft exhibits.

The event held over the weekend on June 23rd & 24th attracts hundreds of visitors, we were also made aware that there was a competition as well, although we had no expectations that we would win anything. We adopted the standard Morayvia approach of having XS176 open to be sat in and viewed by visitors and of course engaging with those visitors, this proved to be a very popular approach, our visitors also commented on how good the cockpit looked following its restoration by the Morayvia engineers led by Al Mackie.

Surprise Winners

After two days of showing off XS176 it came to announcing the prize winners on Sunday afternoon, Jim and Nat had an inkling we were to get something but we thought it might have been in recognition of our long journey to the event, it wasn’t. XS176 and Morayvia were crowned the Grand Champions Cockpit Fest 2018. You can image our surprise to be given this honour, the judges were very complimentary of the Morayvia approach and the standard of our cockpit, but more importantly it was our engagement with visitors that impressed them. Each entrant to the event is allowed to vote on which they think is the best exhibit, so our award is even more amazing in that it was our peers who selected us.

All in all a great but tiring weekend, with just under 1000 miles of driving.

Some images from the event below, the Trophy is marked C-FEST and is kept at Newark.

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