Eight of the 12 participants for our first visit to the Bucharest International Air Show (BIAS) gathered at Schiphol on Thursday 20 July for their departure to Bucharest. The KLM flight to the Romanian capital was smooth and we arrived in the best possible weather conditions. At the airport, Bucharest-Otopeni, we saw that some USAF C-130s and USAr UH-60s were present for the exercise Saber Guardian 17. After the final two participants had arrived from Austria we boarded our taxi to the hotel.
Our hotel for the stay in Romania was located very close to Baneasa airport, where BIAS was to take place. Very convenient, since this meant that we could walk to the airport and back. Near the hotel we found our ‘essentials’, a convenience store and a good restaurant, and the evening ended with a nice meal and a cool drink.