Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017
The 2017 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition prepare for take-off. The Aerospace & Defence Exposition runs for three trade-only days from February 28th and the Airshow opens to the general public on March 3rd.
Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan visited Avalon Airport for a special preview of the first demonstration flights ahead of next week’s official opening.
“The Airshow isn’t just a world-class event – it’s a platform to showcase the best Victorian minds in aviation, aerospace and defence,” Noonan said in a statement.
The aerial spectacles are expected to attract up to 200,000 visitors and boost Victoria’s economy by up to $150 million.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said, “We are the major events capital of the nation – a badge we wear with pride.
“The Airshow means serious business for Geelong, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world to our great region.”
Victoria’s aviation, aerospace and defence credentials will be on show to the world – with more than 35,000 trade delegates coming from Asia, North America and Europe, along with 600 companies.
The Airshow is the largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, and will feature thrilling aerobatic displays and the Australian debut of the Joint Strike Fighter.