Before you view our list of aircraft attending Airshow 2017, we would invite you to read the following information which outlines the criteria and/or conditions we abide by when seeking civil and military display participants for an event.
We have many queries as to why certain performers are not selected to participate at the Australian International Airshow.
Firstly, we can assure you that all Australian and international acts are considered for each event. When asked why we don’t have a particular performer at the event, one who has perhaps displayed over consecutive shows, the question we have to ask is – should we favour one single performer when there are so many talented performers in Australia.
Over the last few events we have introduced new acts to the flying display programme, performers who have displayed and competed overseas, but have not had the opportunity to display at Australia’s premier air show event, the Australian International Airshow.
The line-up for Airshow 2015 was vastly different to that of recent events and received tremendous feedback from the public for the fresh and varied flying displays. In 2017 we have continued to vary the line-up with the selection of several new performers.
While we would like to select as many performers as possible the reality is that we are constrained by the economic climate, the need to implement variety in the flying display and display time available.
We will continue to select new local and international performers, while at the same time past performers will return to future events.
We have many queries as to why various Air Forces are not present at the event.
Aside from the civil side of the event, the Australian International Airshow is the preeminent event for showcasing the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and is run in conjunction with the Chief of Air Force Symposium.
Invites to foreign Air Forces are sent by Chief of Air Force to respective heads of foreign Air Forces to attend the symposium and to consider supporting the event with aircraft for static and flying displays. Factors such as operational requirements and budgets, political considerations and distance are some of the reasons that invitees may, or may not, decided to attend.
Foreign Air Forces that attended the 2015 event included: United States Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defence Force, French Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Some of the participating Air Forces at previous events have included the Royal Air Force, United States Navy, Russian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
We continue to work with the RAAF in developing relationships with Air Forces within the region and beyond with the aim of increased participation at future events.
We are very grateful for the support we receive from the RAAF and any Foreign Air Force attending the 2017 event. Their participation takes a large operational, financial and logistical commitment – not just for the military asset to attend, but also for the associated personnel it takes to manage its attendance.
It is possible that an aircraft can cancel its participation prior to its arrival at the event. There are numerous factors as to why but it may include operational commitments, higher priority tasking, technical issues and budgetary restrictions. All of these are outside of our control.
Attending military aircraft at Airshow 2017 are designated as either flying display or static display aircraft by their respective Air Force. The decision to make them either flying or static may be driven by a number of factors including, the availability and currency of an approved display pilot, crew rest requirements and other operational factors.
We look forward to welcoming all of our civil and military participants at Airshow 2017 and hope you enjoy the flying and static display of our civil, RAAF and foreign Air Force participants.
CIVILIAN STATIC DISPLAY AIRCRAFT
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