A new display act eager to get experience in the airshow world with a very patriotic aircraft in this Jubilee year is the ‘Jubilee Pitts’.

The owner of this Pitts S1-S aerobatic biplane is australian born Mr Iain Smith who has a passion for flying for the last 30 years.

Iain bases his aircraft at Cotswold Airport (former RAF Kemble), Gloucestershire whose day job is one of the Flight Information Service Officers (FISO) also at Cotswold Airport. His manager is Mr Neil Porter who is the main organiser of Abingdon Airshow / Country Show for over 22 years who works at the airport too.

Iain states “having come from a non flying family it was the entertainment of an air display that got me interested in aviation. After finishing school I gained my pilots licence almost 30 years ago and soon after that I received an aerobatic endorsement. After competing over the past years and with family commitments changing, becoming a display pilot seemed possible. With over 500 hours of aerobatic flying and 600 hours flying Pitts aircraft and a combination of time, financial commitment, training and support from family has resulted in me gaining an Aerobatic Display Authorisation licence in March 2018 and then becoming an Airborne Flying Display Director in January 2022”.


Currently, Iain for 2022 is Tyro rated for displays but working towards a full display approval.

I am very much looking forward to displaying at the Midlands Air Festival at Ragley Hall on 2nd – 4th June. To get the first big show under the belt will be both rewarding and an experience at the same time.”

Iain and his Pitts S1-S are available for small corporate events to larger venues such as Airshows and Country Events. So please do contact us for a quote / more information and Neil will get back to you – http://www.jubileepitts.com