The Scottish International Airshow

Since 2014, the Scottish International Airshow has been bringing the very best in flight displays to Scotland. After the close of the Leuchars Airshow in 2013, Danny Anderson and Doug Maclean decided to bring the Scottish public a new airshow, based in Ayrshire. The first show, in 2014, attracted 60,000 spectators, who thrilled to the first Ayrshire-based show since 1992.

In 2015, the show grew to over 100,000 spectators, who were treated to the Avro Vulcan bomber, as it thundered over the crowd for one of the last times before it was retired.

In 2016 the show had an exciting first for Scotland. In addition to a full day of flying on Saturday, the Airshow was proud to present a Friday night flying display by Aerosparx, whose LED covered planes sparkle in the night sky. With fireworks to follow, it was a night to remember!

In 2017 the show changed format onec again to be a full weekend Saturday and Sunday airshow event with full flying programmes each day. Highlights were the F-16 Fighter Display from Belgium, the RAF Typhoon fighter, the Battle of Britain memorial flight and The Red Arrows. Significant firsts for TSIA was the participation from the USAF for the first time and the first modern Civil Airliner and Civil Carrier to perform a full air display with Loganair’s SAAB.

For 2018 there will be more exciting International participation with a full programme of displays on both the Saturday and Sunday.

For 2019 – all will be revealed in 2018 – but it will be exceptional !!
Planned Dates 7th & 8th September 2019.

For 2020 – TSIA returns to Ayr as a planned 3 day event including displays on the Friday
Planned Dates 4th, 5th and 6th September 2020.

Entertainment, Education & Economy

The Airshow promotes three ‘E’s – Entertainment, Education & Economy. We aim to educate and inspire young people to believe they can have a career in Aviation and Aerospace and show that Ayrshire, and Scotland, has a thriving Aerospace sector.


The Scottish International Airshow is a mammoth task that requires a lot of manpower to maintain. To achieve this we require the aid of volunteers to assist in a number of areas, and generally making the event happen! If you are interested in volunteering with the Scottish International Airshow, please contact

The Team

The Airshow is truly a group effort. Starting months before the event, our full-time team plus hundreds of volunteers work to bring the best ground and aerial displays to Scotland.

Event Manager

Danny hails from Irvine in Ayrshire. An ex-NATS engineer of 20 years he now runs Zisys Events based at Prestwick Airport. Aerospace and Aircraft of all types have always been his passion since his first visit to Prestwick Airport in the 70s as a kid. Danny started the TSIA ball rolling in 2013 with a group of friends and his team from Zisys Events after working on the pioneering Prestwick Festival of Flight project and Stirling AFD in 2014. The idea snowballed from there to the very successful Airshow events of 2014 and 2015 bringing in many thousands of people and millions of pounds to the economy. He firmly believes in the three Airshow ‘E’s – Entertainment, Education & Economy and is a strong supporter of the STEM element of TSIA. Educating and Inspiring people to believe they can have a career in Aviation and Aerospace and convincing people we can have a strong Aerospace sector here in Ayrshire. Danny’s main area of responsibility for TSIA 2016 is booking the aircraft, liaison with the military/ civilian pilots and crew, working closely with our FDD, liaison with Prestwick Airport and ground infrastructure.

Event Manager

Doug is Managing Director of DKM Aviation Partners, which provides solutions to the Air Traffic Control industry and specialises in expert aviation analysis for radio and TV. He has over 40 years in Air Traffic Control operational and senior management experience working for The Department of Transport, The Civil Aviation Authority and NATS Ltd. Doug has recently appeared on The Discovery Channel, BBC Horizon, and worldwide radio and TV stations with expert aviation analysis. Doug’s roles include media and ATC co-ordination and event manager.

Project Manager

Euan graduated from Strathclyde University in Electronic & Electrical Engineering in 2003 and joined Zisys Events in early 2004. Euan has been involved in all Scottish Airshows as well as the Prestwick World Festival of Flight in 2013 and deals with technical aspects in the daily running of the organisation, which includes Trader application processing, invoicing & admin.

Assistant Event Manager

Cal is a BA graduate from the University of the West of Scotland, and a highly experienced event manager. Cal has been a part of the Airshow management team since 2015 with an ever expanding remit, working primarily on the event manual, site layout, infrastructure, and site management.