AVALON 2017

MEDIA

MEDIA RELEASES

24 February 2017

CLASSIC WARBIRD'S AVALON DEBUT


A rare World War Two Curtiss P-40N Warhawk will make its Airshow debut in March.

The aircraft has undergone a major restoration since being recovered in dense jungle in PNG 12 years ago.

The USAAF Warhawk was forced to crash land in bush near Wewak in 1944 after engaging Japanese warplanes in a dogfight.

The pilot, 1st Lt. Nelson Flack, survived the crash and was rescued due to the heroic action of Lt. Hector Henstridge, an Australian Army Commando, who parachuted into the crash site and brought Flack (and two other downed US airmen) to safety.

Lt Henstridge, who had never parachuted before and had only once been in an aircraft, was awarded the US Army Distinguished Service Cross for his part in the rescue.

The men spent almost three weeks in the jungle walking until they encountered an Australian Army patrol - and all four contracted malaria.

The aircraft's wreckage was located by the Royal Australian Air Force in 1946 but it was not until 2004 that it was recovered and sent to Wangaratta (Victoria) for restoration.

Partially complete, it was acquired by Wangaratta-based aviation enthusiast Doug Hamilton in 2011.

In early 2016, after a ten year restoration program, the old Warhawk took to the skies again.

While not suited to high altitude combat, the Warhawk was used in many major theatres of World War Two including North Africa, Southwest Pacific and China.

There it saw service as an air superiority fighter, bomber escort and fight-bomber.

It had the additional advantage of being low cost which made it attractive as a ground attack aircraft long after it became unfashionable as a fighter.

The Warhawk, superbly restored, is a unique relic of the dark days of World War Two and a reminder of the brave aviators who once manned such aircraft.

The Australian International Airshow will be held 28 Feb to 5 March.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

24 February 2017

THE SOUTHERN KNIGHTS AVALON ENCORE


Australia’s leading warbird aerobatic team, the Southern Knights, will join the impressive list of world class aerobatic acts at AIRSHOW 2017.

The crack precision flying squad consists of four World War II Harvards that have been lovingly restored by their fastidious owners.

In a stunning routine, the Southern Knights, flying only metres apart, will perform a series of highly synchronised, formation aerobatics.

These include loops, ripple rolls and the spectacular opposing rolling cross.

Each aircraft is fitted with an onboard smoke generator, adding to the colour and drama of this highly memorable spectacle.

The Southern Knights were " … born over a few ales at a barbeque New Year's Eve 1996".

Since then they have taken the aviation scene by storm and are now considered as among the top billing acts in the country.

Such is the rugged nature of the ever-reliable Harvard, than no scheduled appearance has ever been cancelled for any reason.

The Southern Knights have proudly upheld their motto "Anywhere, Anytime".

Other barnstormers taking part in AIRSHOW 2017 include Paul Bennet's SkyAces, the ever popular Roulettes, The ORIS Tin Stix of Dynamite and Sweden's Johan Gustafsson.

It will be the most impressive line-up of aerobatic daredevils ever seen at the Avalon-based event.

The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition will be staged 28 February - 5 March.

The final three days are open to the public.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

24 February 2017

AIR POWER IN ACTION


The might and power of the Royal Australian Air Force will take centre stage at the Australian International Airshow 2017.

In all, almost 50 RAAF aircraft will take part in a series of high octane flying displays and fascinating ground exhibits.

It is a record level of participation by the Air Force at Avalon and one that reflects the theme of the event Air Power in Action.

There will be fourteen jet fighter aircraft, Super Hornets, Classic Hornets and Hawks taking part in simulated combat manoeuvres and air warfare scenarios.

Heavy lift leviathans, Globemaster, Hercules and Spartan will also display their agility and unique handling qualities.

The RAAF will also bring its newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P8 Poseidon, to the event and a host of multi role transport and tanker aircraft.

The Wedgetail (airborne early warning and battle control aircraft) will also play a key role in the Air Force's flying displays.

The ever popular Roulettes, the RAAF's own world class aerobatic team, will also appear at the Avalon-based event.

The group's precision flying routines delight and amaze all who see them.

All modern day aircraft, with the exception of the P8 Poseidon, will take part in the flying displays and all will take part in the static ground displays.

In addition to its modern day aircraft, the Air Force will also display a number of its vintage aircraft and classic warbirds. Ground exhibits will also include mission displays, military working dog displays and performances by the renowned RAAF band.

The Australian International Airshow has scheduled public sessions on the afternoon of Friday 3rd March and then all day Saturday and Sunday (the 4th and 5th March).

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

24 February 2017

LIKE THE BARNSTORMERS OF OLD...


National aerobatics champion Paul Bennet will return to Avalon in March with one of the most thrilling routines ever seen at an Australian air show.

Bennet dazzled Airshow crowds in 2015 with his high energy solo aerobatic display in his one of a kind Wolf Pitts Pro aircraft.

Now in 2017 he will bring his formation aerobatic team, the SkyAces, with him.

The SkyAces is Australia's only high performance civilian aerobatic team.

It comprises three biplanes piloted by some of Australia's finest aerobatic performers.

The SkyAces will demonstrate absolute precision whilst doing formation loops and rolls less than two meters apart!

This highly skilful display will also feature head to head passes just meters from the ground.

Smoke effects will add to the drama and help create what is called "the unforgettable SkyAces experience".

Paul Bennett said he is delighted to again be a part of the nation's premier aviation event.

"The SkyAces have been an international hit overseas and now we are excited to bring the team back home to Australia's largest air show," he said.

"There is no crowd like Avalon".

The SkyAces will be one of eight world class aerobatic acts at Airshow 2017.

Other barnstorming performers will come from far afield, including the United States and Europe.

The Australian International Airshow 2017 will be held at Avalon Airport 28 February – 5 March.

Public days 3 – 5 March.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

24 February 2017

THE AVALON EXTRAVAGANZA


AIRSHOW 2017 is shaping up as the biggest and most comprehensive aerospace and defence event ever held in Australia.

In terms of exhibitors, displays, visitors, delegations and conferences it is without peer.

Pre-event figures show a record 641 participating exhibitor companies will be showcasing their technologies and services to a national and international audience of key decision makers.

A total of 158 official delegations will be attending to compare and evaluate competing technologies.

Of these 79 will be international delegations, at senior scientific, industry, government and military level, from 45 countries.

A congress of 44 conferences, seminars and industry briefings will be held in conjunction with Avalon 2017.

These will cover a wide range of topics including aviation safety and regulation, technology, airport operations and bilateral round tables.

Again this number is a record for the event.

The associated Airshow is a major newsworthy event that attracts journalists, photographers and videographers from throughout Australia and overseas.

So far about 250 media have been accredited from 14 countries.

They represent major network TV news and current affairs programs, radio and mainstream print media.

The Industry and enthusiast press is also well represented as is a growing number of web based news and technical information outlets.

Almost 350 civil and military aircraft will participate in the event.

These include 79 military aircraft from the air forces of eight different nations.

The event is expected to generate more than $125-million in economic benefits for the host state Victoria and about $25-million for the Geelong region.

The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is open to the public from 2 pm on Friday 3 March and from 8 am on both Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

24 February 2017

MEDIA PREVIEW


DATE: Friday 24th February
START TIME: 1000 (sharp)
FINISH TIME: 1330 (approx.)
LOCATION: Chairmans Suite, Avalon Airport (enter via Gate 5, Pousties Road, Lara)
CONTACT: Peta Richards, Executive Manager Marketing Services, 0423 517 249
     
AGENDA: 0945 - 0959 Media and guests arrive in the Chairmans Suite for a 1000 sharp start.
C-27J Spartan to land and position in Taxiway Charlie for media flight.
  1000 - 1001 MC Peter Meehan welcomes media and guests to the preview and introduces
Aerospace Australia Limited CEO, Mr Ian Honnery
  1002 - 1006 Mr Honnery outlines AIRSHOW 2017 and introduces the VIC State
Government Minister for Industry and Employment, The Hon. Wade Noonan
  1007 - 1015 The Hon. Wade Noonan launches the Media Preview for AIRSHOW 2017
  1016 - 1017 Mr Honnery thanks Minister Noonan and invites Air Commodore Geoff
Harland, Commander Air Force Training Group, Royal Australian Air Force
  1018 - 1024 Air Commodore Geoff Harland speaks on RAAF and ADF participation
  1025 - 1027 Ian Honnery thanks Air Commodore Harland and makes concluding remarks.
He invites guests to go outside (and for the media to set up) to watch the
flying display
  1035 - 1115

Flying Display (MC Peter Meehan to provide the commentary)

  • Southern Knights (4 x Harvards)
  • RAAF F/A-18A Hornet x 2 & Hawk 127
  • Paul Bennett Aerobatics (Wolf Pitts S2S)
  • P-40 Warhawk, Spitfire and Boomerang
  • RAAF Roulettes (PC-9 x 6)
  1115– 1145 Photos, filming and interviews with speakers and flying display participants.
Aircraft to be positioned where appropriate on taxiway behind Chairmans
Suite for photo opportunities.
  1145 – 1150 Invited media to board RAAF C-27J Spartan for media flight with flight to
depart shortly after
  1145 - 1330 Light lunch and refreshments served
  1300 Invited media on RAAF C-27J Spartan flight to return to Avalon Airport
  1330 Launch concludes

 

21 February 2017

AOPA AT AIRSHOW 2017


Australia's largest aviation advocacy group will have a significant presence at AIRSHOW 2017.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia (AOPA) will use the Avalon-based event to showcase its various facets and establish a strong communication conduit with its rapidly growing membership.

Activities will centre around the AOPA Membership Village, a 20 metre x 20 metre structure situated within the Air Sport precinct at the Airshow.

It will comprise a number of pop up exhibits and stands at which various aspects and issues of general aviation can be canvassed and explained.

Among them is the advocacy Class Two Medial Reform information Centre.

Here AOPA members can learn the latest in the association's campaign for reform of the medical approval process for pilots.

There will also be the opportunity for members to meet the editorial and journalistic staff behind the popular AOPA magazine.

Another stand within the village will handle membership enquiries and applications.

AOPA Live will be a digital media facility where live programming will be produced and presented and streamed through the association’s website and Facebook channels.

Members will also be offered the opportunity to meet members of the AOPA Board and have their say on a variety of issues.

AOPA Executive Director Benjamin Morgan described the organisation's involvement in the Airshow as a very significant milestone.

"We are the voice of General Aviation in Australia and it is appropriate we have a strong involvement in Avalon," he said.

The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition will be held at Avalon Airport 28 February to 5 March.

Public session 3 –5 March.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

16 February 2017

Drones in Agriculture


Farmers and graziers will be the focus of a special conference at the Australian International Airshow.

This timely and important event, Drones in Agriculture, will look at how modern drone technology can be used to carry out a variety of tasks and improve economic outcomes for the man on the land.

The wide range of UAV operations will be examined in detail.

The conference will feature three highly credentialed presenters.

Among them is Brad Donald senior agronomist with Elders.

He will look at many practical uses for UAVs such as crop inspection, soil inspection and crop spraying.

Another speaker, Leonard Hall, is an engineering lecturer at the University of Adelaide and a consultant with the Defence Science and Technology Group.

He will deliver an informative presentation on the many technical challenges of using drones in regional Australia including radio frequencies and radar.

Wayne Lording, the final speaker, is an experienced pilot and qualified drone operator who is using UAV technology on his own property near Yea.

He will give specialised insights on how drones can be used to enhance sustainable farming practices, land survey, water and fence checking, thermal imaging and soil monitoring.

This vital conference is a must for all involved in agriculture.

It is being organised in conjunction with AIRSHOW 2017 and will be held on Saturday 4th March 10am-11am and repeated, same time and venue, on Sunday 5th March.

It will be held within the Drone Showcase precinct at the Airshow site.

Entry to the Drones in Agriculture conference is free but attendees will need to have already purchased a standard Airshow admittance ticket ($65).

After the conference they will be able to remain at the event and enjoy its brilliant flying displays and ground exhibits.

The Australian International Airshow 2017 will be held at Avalon Airport 3 to 5 March.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

15 February 2017

THE GROWLER'S DEBUT


The Royal Australian Air Forces new electronic attack aircraft, the EA-18G Growler, will make its Australian debut at AIRSHOW 2017.

It is the first of twelve such aircraft currently being acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Growler is fitted with state-of-the-art technology that allows it to jam enemy radar and communications systems.

If effectively disrupts, deceives and denies a broad range of electronic systems and in doing so reduces the risk to our forces and vastly improves situational awareness.

Regardless of the mission, the Growler can provide vital protection to our air, land and sea assets.

It will be able to support a wide range of operations, from peacetime evacuations to major conflicts.

The aircraft is based on the F/A-18F Super Hornet airframe.

It is fitted with additional avionics, enhanced radio frequency receivers, improved communications gear and ALQ radio-frequency jamming pods.

The Growler is a powerful part of our defence arsenal and will provide a complementary capability to the Super Hornet and the future F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

See it for the first time ever - the Australian International Airshow 2017 will be staged 28 February - 5 March.

The event will be open to the public from 2pm Friday and then all day on Saturday and Sunday.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

15 February 2017

FOLLOW THE TECHNOLOGY TRAIL


AIRSHOW 2017 will host one of the largest scientific, engineering and technology displays ever seen in the Southern Hemisphere.

As such the event will be both extremely informative and educational with appeal across a wide range of age groups.

Stars of this technological showcase are the Joint Strike Fighter and Growler combat aircraft which embody the latest scientific and engineering achievements of modern aviation.

In addition to the record number of hi-tech military aircraft taking part there will also be a host of "must see" ground based exhibits.

These include Australian Defence Force displays featuring the latest in air, land and sea defence equipment and innovation.

These large exhibits will be a major attraction in their own right and feature military vehicles, artillery and radar, range finding and communications technology.

Naval and Air Force displays will also be part of this fascinating aspect to Airshow 2017.

Furthermore the Royal Australian Air Force will feature its Plan Jericho program in which private industry is invited to partner the development of the Air Force of the future.

Companies involved in Jericho will display their technical contributions.

For the first time ever the Airshow will host a Drone Showcase featuring the latest in remotely piloted aerial vehicles.

Drones are the fasting growing sector of aviation and the technology is expanding at a rapid rate.

The massive expo pavilions will house displays of more than 600 leading defence and aerospace innovators.

During the public sessions of the event many major international companies taking part will re-configure their stands to make them more educationally focused to the general public.

This will offer a unique opportunity to see the latest innovation and inventions of many of the iconic names of aerospace and defence.

The Airshow has broadened its scope to accommodate the expanding range of new and emerging technologies.

The event will of course feature military heavy metal, combat helicopters, vintage warbirds, dazzling aerobatic and a plethora of sports, antique, experimental and classic aircraft.

There will also be military and aviation museums and a number of military re-enactment societies.

The Australian International Airshow 3 – 5 March - Avalon Airport.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

14 February 2017

A GRAND OLD WARBIRD SOARS SKYWARD AGAIN


The world's last remaining Hudson Bomber will lead a cavalcade of classic warbirds at AIRSHOW 2017.

This gallant WWII veteran was among almost 3,000 Hudsons built for various Allied air forces between 1938 and 1943.

A total of 247 of them were operated by the Royal Australian Air Force.

Now there is only one still capable of flight.

The Hudson A16-112 was built in 1939 and acquired by the RAAF in late 1941.

It's first mission was to search for enemy submarines off the Western Australian coast where the cruiser HMAS Sydney had been mysteriously sunk just days before.

Later it served with No. 6 Squadron operating out of Milne Bay in PNG where it carried out numerous bombing, armed reconnaissance and patrol missions.

At war's end the “112” was declared surplus by the RAAF and bought by East West Airlines and converted for passenger work.

Later it changed hands again, this time being purchased by Adastra Aerial Surveys.

In 1973 the old lady was scheduled for disposal, her service to the nation in both war and peace spanning more than four decades.

Enter Malcolm Long, an electrical engineer with a passion for aging warbirds. Restoration work began in 1976 – it was a painstaking labour of love that would last 17 years. On the 10th of April 1993 the Hudson took to the air for its first post restoration flight.

The aircraft was acquired by Temora Aviation Museum in 2004 and is maintained as a tribute to those who flew these versatile and hardy aircraft during World War Two.

Now, 70 years after first flying into battle, this grand old warhorse will soar skyward again … at the Australian International Airshow, Avalon Airport 3-5 March.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

7 February 2017

JSF COMES TO AVALON


The mighty Joint Strike Fighter will make its Australian Debut at AIRSHOW 2017.

Two of these state-of-the-art combat aircraft will be flown directly from their base in the United States where they are being used to train Australian pilots.

In total there are 72 F-35As currently on order by the Royal Australian Air Force.

Defence Minister the Hon. Senator Marise Payne confirmed their appearance at Avalon a short time ago.

The JSF is the world’s most advanced military aircraft.

It is capable of supersonic flight while retaining stealth.

It has extraordinary acceleration, agility and 9G manoeuvrability.

The F-35A is characterised by a low profile design; internal weapons and fuel carriage; advanced radar; electro-optical and infrared sensors with advanced voice and data link communications.

This potent combat aircraft is able to employ a wide range of air to surface and air to air weapons.

It features ground breaking technologies that put it at the forefront of military aviation.

The JSF will provide for Australia’s future air combat and strike needs.

The first will be accepted into service next year and the first squadron will be operational by 2021.

The Australian International Airshow 2017 will be held 28 February to 5 March.

The final three days are open to the public.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

31 January 2017

INNOVATION AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED


Fourteen Australian innovators from both the civil and military sector have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Aerospace Australia Limited Industry Innovation Awards.

The awards recognise and reward local companies and individuals at the forefront of aerospace innovation and carry with them a total of $40,000 in cash prizes.

They will be presented in the following categories:

  • Defence Industry National Innovation Award
  • Civil Industry National Innovation Award
  • Defence Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Civil Industry SME Innovation Grant
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Defence Industry
  • Young Innovator Scholarship for Civil Industry


The winners will be announced on Wednesday 1 March during the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition at Avalon Victoria.

Aerospace Australia CEO Ian Honnery said Australian innovators have helped make the Royal Australian Air Force a global benchmark for capability and professionalism, while simultaneously creating a century-long tradition of safe and efficient air transport, both domestically and across the globe.

"Today the RAAF – indeed the entire Australian Defence Force – is reaching out to Australia’s world-class, innovative aerospace industry for help in maintaining and enhancing that operational capability into the future," he said.

"And our civil aerospace industry sits at the doorstep of the fastest-growing aviation and aerospace markets in the world, in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The 14 companies and individuals shortlisted for these Innovation Awards have risen to the challenges presented by these new opportunities."

The Awards will be presented by the Chairman of Aerospace Australia Limited, Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Shepherd, AO, at the Avalon 2017 Innovation Theatrette.

The winners of the National Civil and Defence Industry Innovation Awards will be presented with a trophy, while the winners of the SME Innovation Grant and the Young Innovator Scholarship will receive cheques for $10,000 each. All 14 Australian innovators shortlisted for the Innovation Awards will be featured at Avalon 2017 in a dedicated Innovation Awards Showcase adjacent to the Avalon 2017 Innovation Theatrette.

"The specially created Innovation Awards Showcase is the perfect platform to present the best of Australian innovation to a global audience of aerospace and defence professionals," Mr Honnery said.

2017 Aerospace Australia Limited Industry Innovation Awards

INNOVATION AWARDS SHORTLIST:

  • Australian Aerospace Engineering Pty Limited (NSW) – Mission-Specific Composite Main Rotor Blades
  • BAE Systems Australia Limited and DST Group (VIC) – Environmental Degradation Monitoring and Prognostics (EDMAP)
  • Esstrack Pty Limited (VIC) – A-TACS Aviation Telemetry and Communications Systems
  • Flight Safety Foundation Limited (VIC) – Basic Aviation Risk Program BARS) for RPAS Operations Standard
  • Heat Treatment Australia – HTA Group (QLD) – a new metals surface treatment business methodology
  • Kinexus (NSW) – The Future Through Collaboration
  • Moorabbin Flying Services (VIC) - Aviation Education Training Facility Business Model
  • Simulator Solutions Pty Limited (NSW) – SimStack simulator component interface system
  • SynFlyt Pty Limited (NSW) – SynFlyt Innovation 21 Flight Simulator
  • TAE Gas Turbines Pty Limited (QLD) – FOUNTX wearable Technology
  • Thomas Global Systems (NSW) – TFD-8601 Liquid Crystal Display Upgrade
  • Zone Products Australia (NSW) – Arbitor Physical Security Information Management System (PSIM).


YOUNG INNOVATOR SCHOLARSHIP SHORTLIST
:

  • Mr Jarrod Hayes-Griss, Advanced Composite Structures Australia and RMIT (VIC) – Modelling environmental effects on bonded composite repairs to aerospace structures
  • Mr Simon Kennedy, Monash University (VIC) – 3-D imaging and object recognition for autonomous UAVs.


AVALON 2017
will be held at Avalon Airport, Melbourne, from 28 February to 5 March, 2017.


For enquiries about the Innovation Awards contact:

Gregor Ferguson
Executive Manager Industry Development
Mobile: 0414 803 717
Email:
gferguson@amda.com.au

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

27 January 2017

US JETS TO SWOOP ON AVALON


An airborne invasion of the friendly kind is poised to swoop on Avalon for AIRSHOW 2017.

The large contingent of aircraft comes courtesy of the United States of America and will include some of the most potent combat jets ever built.

Among this high powered group are no fewer than four F-22A Raptors.

In terms of speed, manoeuvrability, stealthiness and its ability to be effective in battle this state of the art jet is without peer.

The F-22A can deliver a fearsome array of ordinance and boasts a number of "stealthy" design features, making it almost impossible to detect and track by radar.

This cutting edge piece of defence technology can "supercruise" at almost twice the speed of sound without engaging its afterburners.

With a price tag of about $400-million per unit, the Raptor is one of the most expensive military aircraft ever built.

At Avalon an F-22A will perform a high energy handling display and others will be available for up close inspection on the ground.

Other US aircraft en route to Avalon include two F-16C Vipers, the most modern variant of this durable and highly successful aircraft.

The F-16C simulated combat display will be one of the most thrilling and exciting at the Airshow.

The Americans are bringing a host of support aircraft including a Giant C-17 Globemaster III and a KC-135R Stratotanker.

They will also be sending a P-8A Poseidon and the B-1B Lancer high altitude bomber.

In all, there will be 14 aircraft, the largest US contingent to ever participate in an Australian International Airshow.

The United States is just one of seven overseas militaries that will be bringing aircraft to the event.

The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition will be held at Avalon Airport 28 February to 5 March.

Public days are 3 -5 March.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

17 January 2017

GENERAL AVIATION TAKES CENTRE STAGE


A record number of General Aviation and Airsport groups will participate in the Australian International Airshow 2017.

Among them are owners clubs from throughout Australia.

They include the Bonanza Society, the Piper Society, the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association and the Sporting Aircraft Association of Australia.

Historic aircraft groups will also be well represented.

Among them are the Antique Aeroplane Association, The Aviation Historical Society of Australia and the Australian Warbird Association.

A large number of aviation museums will also be present including the Australian National Aviation Museum.

Other collections include The TAA Museum, the Ultralight and Gliding museums, the Benalla Aviation Museum and the Vietnam Veterans Museum.

Specialist associations such as the Hang Gliding Federation, the Southern Microlight Club, the Parachute Federation and the Sport Rotorcraft Association are also examples of the many and varied GA groups committed to the Avalon-based event.

Other that have signaled their intention to be part of Airshow 2017 include, the Australian Air Cadets, Geelong Sports Aviators, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the model Aircraft Association.

Ground and static aircraft displays of GA and Airsport aircraft will be plentiful as will the latest offerings from avionics, communications, navigation and components suppliers.

Many specialist conferences and seminars pitched squarely at the GA sector will be also held during the Airshow.

Again, Avalon East airstrip will be utilised, allowing many hundreds of private light aircraft and their crews to visit the Airshow and Exposition.

The event will be staged at Avalon Airport 28 February to 5 March 2017.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

9 January 2017

F-15s AIRSHOW BOUND


Two F-15SG Strike Eagles from the Republic of Singapore will add to the high octane wow factor of Airshow 2017.

These fighters are true multi-role combat aircraft and are equipped with an impressive array of technologically sophisticated avionics and weapons systems.

Their unique configuration provides the aircraft with exceptional situational awareness capabilities, enhanced air-to-air and self-defence capabilities and outstanding survivability.

The F-15 combat record speaks for itself.

It is one of the most success genre of fighter aircraft every built.

The Strike Eagle variant is classified as a long-range strike fighter and is a true leviathan of its type.

Its 13-metre wingspan and 20-metre fuselage make it the centre of attention wherever it is publicly displayed.

Despite its size, the F-15SG is among the most manoeuvrable combat aircraft in the sky with a top speed of 2650 kilometres an hour or two-and-a-half times the speed of sound.

The two F-15s coming to Avalon are based at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore and are from No 149 'Shirka' Squadron of the RSAF.

They will be supported during their deployment by a KC135R Stratotanker and a C130H Hercules.

The Singaporean contingent will be on static ground display for up close inspection by aircraft and technology enthusiasts.

The Australian International Airshow 2017 will be held between 28 February and 5 March with the final three days open to the public.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

9 January 2017

MEDIA ACCREDITATION


Media accreditation for the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition is now open online.

Those wishing to apply for accreditation can do so via the Airshow website
www.airshow.com.au/airshow2017/PUBLIC/media/media-accreditation.asp

Journalists, photographers and videographers intending to cover the event will required to be accredited prior to entering the Airshow site.

Accreditation will enable media representatives to access the International Media Centre at Avalon for the full six days of the event (28 February - 5 March).

Media passes will be issued on a complementary basis.

Because of space restrictions within the media centre strict guidelines apply.

Only professionals will be eligible.

Applicants must be employed by an established media organisation and cover the Airshow as part of their duties.

Freelancers will require a commissioning letter from an appropriate media outlet signed by the editor or chief-of-staff.

The operators of amateur blog sites will not qualify.

Airshow 2017 promises to be a rich source of colour, human interest, defence and technology stories.

During the course of the event media centre staff will welcome hundreds of accredited media from throughout the world.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

9 January 2017

LEVIATHANS OF THE SKY


The amazing agility and strength of the Royal Australian Air Force's most powerful workhorses will be on display at AIRSHOW 2017.

Among this very impressive group is the massive C-17A Globemaster III, the largest heavy lift aircraft in the Air Force stable. Its sheer size will belie its elegant and graceful flying display.

The C-17A can carry three times the payload of its smaller cousin, the Hercules. All up it can take 77 tonnes of personnel and equipment to the battlefront.

It is capable of transporting an Abrams Battle Tank, four Bushmaster vehicles or three Blackhawk helicopters.

The Globemaster can be configured to carry out medical evacuations and assist in disaster relief.

Three C130 J Hercules air lifters will also be taking part in the Avalon-based event. These medium-sized transport aircraft can carry up to 120 troops and 120 pallets of supplies and equipment.

They are an important defence asset and have been used in search and survivor missions, disaster relief as well as a variety of military roles in the Middle East.

The RAAF's newest battlefield airlifter, the C-27J Spartan, will also be strutting its impressive stuff at Airshow 2017.

Although smaller than the C-17A and the C-130J, the Spartan was built to access rudimentary narrow airstrips in remote locations. It has state-of-the-art self-protection systems including missile warning systems and battlefield armour.

All three aircraft will be taking part in the Air Power in Action flying displays and also be available for close up inspection on the ground.

In all, almost 50 RAAF aircraft will take part in Airshow 2017.

The event will be held at Avalon Airport, 28 February – 5 March, with the final three days being opened to the public.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

20 December 2016

The Airshow Bonanza


The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition 2017 is poised to deliver an economic bonanza to the nation, the state and the Geelong region.

In 2015 it was responsible for a multi-million dollar economic and tourist benefit. The figures were compiled by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research following the event.

The State of Victoria received a gross economic benefit of some $146.2 million. Furthermore, household incomes were boosted by $80.5 million.

The Airshow and its associated trade show also created 2,000 full year equivalent employment positions.

The event had an extremely positive economic effect on its host city. It increased Geelong’s gross regional product by $22.1 million and generated 258 full-time annual equivalent employment positions.

Again, the Airshow attracted many visitors from home and abroad.

Of the 169,251 visitations during the six day event, more than 38,000 were from interstate and more than 13,000 from overseas. The vast majority were from Melbourne (93,000), Geelong (12,000) and regional Victoria (12,800).

Airshow CEO Ian Honnery said the figures bode extremely well for the future of the event.

"The pulling power of our event, both as aviation spectacular and as a world class trade show, remains extremely strong," he said.

"The fact that we continue to attract people from the four corners of the globe reflects our prestige and international standing."

In addition to direct economic impact, business deals worth more than $1.25 Billion were announced during and following the Airshow. Furthermore, participating companies and trade visitors were exposed to more than $4 Billion worth of defence contract opportunities.

Mr. Honnery said "the Airshow and its associated Expo is a key driver for business development and economic growth in the aerospace and defence sector."

"By any standards we play an important and unique role supporting Australian industry and promoting local know how to the international marketplace," he said.

The Avalon-based event hosted 38 symposia and conferences that attracted more than two thousand delegates and speakers. These covered a range of defence, civil aviation, safety and scientific topics.

Further, more than a hundred official delegations, at senior military, industry and scientific level attended the event to inspect the latest technologies and seek new business liaisons.

"We expect Airshow 2017 will return an even more impressive outcome in terms of benefits across the board," Mr Honnery Said.

"There is more to our event than just a world famous Airshow with its spectacular flying displays," he added.

"We’re serious about the business of doing business, of bringing the world to Australia and taking Australia to the world".

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

16 December 2016

Swedish Champ’s Avalon Debut


Swedish and world gliding champion Johan Gustafsson will make his Australian debut at AIRSHOW 2017.

Despite his youth, the 25 year old Gustafsson has notched up an impressive number of national and Nordic gliding championships during the past eight years.

His efforts culminated in the World Glider Advanced Aerobatic championship title in 2013.

His aircraft of choice is the Polish designed SZD-59 "Acro", one of the most exciting high performance gliders ever built.

The "Acro" can reach speeds of almost 300 kilometres per hour and is built to withstand load limits of +7G to -5G.

At Avalon in March, Gustafsson will display the talent and skill that made him world champion and one of the hottest acts on the European air show circuit.

He will perform both daytime and night shows.

His daytime show will feature a series of highly impressive manoeuvres as coloured smoke pours from his wingtips.

His twilight show will include a massive LED illumination complete with spectacular pyrotechnic effects.

Johan Gustafsson said he is honoured to be the first Swedish aerobatic pilot to perform at the Australian International Airshow.

"This will be a big event for me as it is my first show outside Europe," he said.

"I am really looking forward to coming to this amazing country and performing my show for the spectators".

The Australian International Airshow will be staged at Avalon Airport 28 February to 5 March.

The afternoon and evening of Friday 3 March and all day on the Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March are open to the public.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

13 December 2016

A TOURIST BONANZA


Geelong is bracing for a major visitor influx during the Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport in February.

The event promises to be the biggest and brightest spectacular of its kind ever held in Australia and total crowds are expected to approach two hundred thousand.

It's the almost equivalent of two AFL Grand Final crowds.

Many thousands of Airshow visitors will come from interstate or overseas and are expected to take advantage of the many tourist attractions the Geelong and Otway Region has to offer.

Geelong, Victoria's premier regional city, is situated on beautiful Corio Bay.

The foreshore area boasts a superb swimming beach, gardens, parks, amusements and a host of fine restaurants.

Nearby there's a bustling retail precinct with a myriad of arcades and emporiums to satisfy the most fastidious shopper.

The city's dining, hospitality and accommodation facilities are first rate – among the best Australia has to offer.

Just out of Geelong is rich farming and grazing land and some of the best vineyards in a state renowned for its wines.

These vineyards produce a wide variety of styles and genres including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

Most of the wine makers boast a multitude of awards from major Australian and overseas wine shows as proof of their expertise.

The previous Airshow, in 2015, injected more than $21-million into the Geelong economy.

The Australian International Airshow will be held at Avalon Airport 28 February – 5 March 2017.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

8 December 2016

Like the barnstormers of old…


National aerobatics champion Paul Bennet will return to Avalon in March with one of the most thrilling routines ever seen at an Australian air show.

Bennet dazzled Airshow crowds in 2015 with his high energy solo aerobatic display in his one of a kind Wolf Pitts Pro aircraft.

Now in 2017 he will bring his formation aerobatic team, the SkyAces, with him.

The SkyAces is Australia's only high performance civilian aerobatic team.

It comprises three biplanes piloted by some of Australia's finest aerobatic performers.

The SkyAces will demonstrate absolute precision whilst doing formation loops and rolls less than two meters apart!

This highly skilful display will also feature head to head passes just meters from the ground.

Smoke effects will add to the drama and help create what is called "the unforgettable SkyAces experience".

Paul Bennett said he is delighted to again be a part of the nation's premier aviation event.

"The SkyAces have been an international hit overseas and now we are excited to bring the team back home to Australia's largest air show," he said.

"There is no crowd like Avalon".

The SkyAces will be one of eight world class aerobatic acts at Airshow 2017.

Other barnstorming performers will come from far afield, including the United States and Europe.

The Australian International Airshow 2017 will be held at Avalon Airport, Geelong, Tuesday 28 February to Sunday 5 March.

The public days of the event are Friday 3 March to Sunday 5 March.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

1 December 2016

AIR POWER IN ACTION


The awesome power of military aviation will take centre stage at AIRSHOW 2017.

Combat jets, fighters and bombers, from home and abroad, heavy lift aircraft, military display teams and rotary winged warriors will strut their high octane stuff at Australia's world famous aviation and aerospace spectacular.

The event will also feature the best collection of aerobatic daredevils ever to be gathered together for an Australian aviation event.

Their high flying antics and precision manoeuvres will leave the crowd spellbound.

There will be historic aircraft from the classic years of aviation and the most comprehensive collection of World War II aircraft ever to soar skyward at Avalon.

On the ground military re-enactment groups will turn back the pages of history.

Their tributes to our proud military heritage will be enhanced by authentic period uniforms, vehicles, artillery and weaponry.

See the technology of tomorrow in the aerospace showcase.

Hundreds of the world's leading innovators will display their latest and most exciting aerospace, aviation and defence products and inventions.

Event CEO Ian Honnery said AIRSHOW 2017 will be the most dynamic pageant of its kind ever staged in Australia.

"The sheer might and power of modern military aviation will prove a major highlight of the event," he said.

"There will be so many things happening on the ground and in the sky, patrons will be wondering where to look next."

"By any reckoning this is going to be a very special day out… the ultimate family adventure".

The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition will be staged at Avalon Airport Geelong from Tuesday 28 February to Sunday 5 March 2017.

Public sessions are from 2pm on the Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

28 November 2016

DRONE SHOWCASE


Aviation’s fastest growing sector will have its own dedicated showcase at AIRSHOW 2017.

For the first time, Australia's premier aerospace event will feature the latest from the world of UAV's.

Experts from more than twenty companies involved in the manufacture, selling, financing and insuring of drones will be on hand to explain the latest technologies and applications of remotely piloted aircraft.

Once solely a military tool, drones are now employed by a wide range of emergency service and commercial users and private enthusiasts.

Real estate photography, agriculture traffic management, search and rescue operations, surveillance and disaster assessment are among the many uses for the modern, light weight, remotely piloted vehicle.

Drones of all types and specifications will be on display at the Drone Showcase in the DroneZone DownUnder at AIRSHOW 2017.

This dedicated space will include a live drone demonstration area, an exhibition hall for manufacturers and resellers, and theatrettes with expert presentations.

It will be situated in the special drone display area to the east of the main runway and north of the exhibition pavilions.

Drone usage at the Airshow will be in accordance with strict safety parameters.

As well as the demonstrations and displays the Australian Association of Unmanned Systems (AAUS) will also host a major conference on drone usage and implications at the Avalon-based event.

The Australian International Airshow 2017 will be staged at Avalon Airport between the 28 February and 5 March. The Drone Showcase will be open on the public days 3-5 March.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

11 November 2016

AIR POWER IN ACTION


The might and power of the Royal Australian Air Force will take centre stage at the Australian International Airshow 2017.

In all, almost 50 RAAF aircraft will take part in a series of high octane flying displays and fascinating ground exhibits.

It is a record level of participation by the Air Force at Avalon and one that reflects the theme of the event Air Power in Action.

There will be fourteen jet fighter aircraft, Super Hornets, Classic Hornets and Hawks taking part in simulated combat manoeuvres and air warfare scenarios.

Heavy lift leviathans, Globemaster, Hercules and Spartan will also display their agility and unique handling qualities.

The RAAF will also bring its newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P8 Poseidon, to the event and a host of multi role transport and tanker aircraft.

The Wedgetail (airborne early warning and battle control aircraft) will also play a key role in the Air Force's flying displays.

The ever popular Roulettes, the RAAF's own world class aerobatic team, will also appear at the Avalon-based event. The group's precision flying routines delight and amaze all who see them.

All modern day aircraft, with the exception of the P8 Poseidon, will take part in the flying displays and all will take part in the static ground displays.

In addition to its modern day aircraft, the Air Force will also display a number of its vintage aircraft and classic warbirds. Ground exhibits will also include mission displays, military working dog displays and performances by the renowned RAAF band.

The Australian International Airshow has scheduled public sessions on the afternoon of Friday 3rd March and then all day Saturday and Sunday (the 4th and 5th March).

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

12 October 2016

AIRSHOW RECORDS SET TO SOAR AS TICKETS GO ON SALE


Australian International Airshow tickets go on sale this Friday (14 October) and organisers are predicting record crowds.

AIRSHOW 2017 CEO Ian Honnery described the Avalon-based event as a once-in-a-lifetime aviation extravaganza.

"This coming show will be our biggest and best yet and I'm expecting bumper crowds over the three public sessions," he said.

"We pride ourselves in being a very family friendly event; the Airshow must be the best value going."

AIRSHOW 2017's main theme is Air Power in Action.

The event will focus on the might and power of modern military aviation, jet fighters, bombers and battlefield heavy lift aircraft from home and abroad.

A spectacular flying display will feature the thrust and grunt of air force heavy metal and the roar of attack helicopters.

Also taking part will be a gaggle of vintage warbirds and a number of world class aerobatic daredevils.

"Airshow 2017 will be pure excitement," Mr. Honnery said.

"It will deliver a totally unforgettable experience and will be an event you won't want to miss."

The price of family passes (2 adults and 4 children) is $130, adults $65, and children $30.

Single day Gold Passes cost $190. Two day Gold Passes cost $360. Three day Gold Passes cost $500.

Pension, HCC and student concessions apply.

Tickets through Ticketmaster 136 100 or online www. airshow.com.au or at the gate. Gold passes only available through Ticketmaster or online.

AIRSHOW 2017 will be staged at Avalon Airport (Vic) between 28 February and 5 March with the final three days, 3-5 March, open to the public.

For Media enquiries contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au

22 July 2016

A Call for Volunteers


The Australian International Airshow 2017 is calling for volunteers.

About 800 people are required for the Avalon-based event.

Volunteers carry out a wide range of important duties, including aircraft and ground operations, car park supervision and media liaison.

All applicants should be at least 18 years old.

Airshow CEO Ian Honnery said previous aviation experience is not essential but a willingness to learn is.

"Airshow volunteers have ultimate access to the event and the opportunity to play an important part in its success," he said.

Mr Honnery said the volunteers will have a key role in the Air Power in Action Airshow.

"This will be the major theme of the event and as such it will feature the latest in cutting edge military aviation," he said.

"There will be jet fighters from home and abroad, bombers, heavy lift aircraft and a large range of military helicopters."

A large number of historic warbirds will also take part in the event.

Mr Honnery praised Airshow volunteers past and present.

"They are the public face of the event; their good nature and common sense are among our greatest assets," he said.

"Without them there would be no show."

The 2017 Volunteer Registration Form is now active and can be accessed via the airshow website (www.airshow.com.au).

The Australian International Airshow 2017 will be staged at Avalon Airport (Vic) between 28 February and 5 March.

The final three days, 3 - 5 March will be open to the public.

For more information contact:

Tom Bennett
Executive Manager Media
Phone: (03) 5282 0503
Mobile: 0458 068 372
Email: tbennett@amda.com.au