Australias Biggest Airshow Keeps Growing


Australia’s biggest airshow, the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition, runs all this week at Avalon Airport, with about 350 civil and military aircraft on display and nearly 700 exhibitors. The event operates as a trade show Tuesday through Thursday and opens to the public Friday through Sunday, with a range of airshow events. This year’s expo features a drone showcase for the first time, 44 conferences and seminars and a record number of displays from the general aviation sector. A rare, newly restored WWII-era Curtiss P-40N Warhawk will fly for the first time at the airshow, along with the last flying WWII-era Hudson A16-112.

The US-built F-35A Joint Strike Fighter also will fly, making its Australian debut, along with the RAAF’s new EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. Textron is there with a range of aircraft from a Citation Latitude to a Skylane 182. “Asia-Pacific is an ideal fit for the extensive mission and performance capabilities our product portfolio offers,” said Chris Bogaars, regional vice president of sales. Perfect weather on opening day brought extra-large crowds, according to local news reports. If the weather holds, more than 200,000 visitors are expected. The show also attracted 250 media representatives from 14 countries.