AirVenture Australia tickets will go on sale on Monday 28 August, the strongest signal yet that the event will definitely go ahead.
AirVenture hit turbulent air earlier this month over a sponsorship controversy that left the event with a large hole in its funding, but the organisers seem to have steered the event into smoother sky.
“We are over the moon and very excited about this year’s event," organiser David Young said. "We have so much planned for everyone and we’d love to see a record crowd in Narromine this October. The support to date has been overwhelming.”
AirVenture Australia is the organising company, with three beneficiary associations in support: Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus), the Australian Parachute Federation (APF) and the Sport Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA).
RAAus chairman Michael Monck said that AirVenture had the total support of his association.
“This is an important fixture on the aviation calendar and RAAus is pleased to be partnering with AirVenture to support the event," he said. "We welcome and value our relationship with the APF and a host of companies who have gotten behind the event.
"The team at AirVenture are doing an outstanding job and I know my team within RAAus have been working around the clock for months to ensure the event is a success.”
CEO of the APF, Brad Turner said “We are a proud partner of AirVenture 2017 which is the pinnacle Australian Sport Aviation event that attracts enthusiast from around the country. There will be three thrilling days of aviation activities including static displays, airshow and skydiving and APF is pleased to be supporting RAAus and AirVenture in ensuring an exciting and successful event for all.“
AirVenture's David Young told Australian Flying this morning that both the flying display and the expo spaces were full. Among the expected flying displays are the RAAF Roulettes and Red Bull Air Racing’s Matt Hall. More than 50 seminars from a diverse range of industry professionals across three seminar halls, and the exhibition tent will showcase more than 20 companies including OzRunways, CASA, Garmin, Bose and Complete Avionics.
Organisers are also expecting hundreds of aircraft on display including a DC3, the Roulettes, Tecnam, Jabiru and Bell Helicopter
AirVenture runs from Thursday to Saturday, 19-21 October 2017. Gates open 0900 each day with seminars from midday Thursday, all day Friday and Saturday before and after the air show. The air show will be on the Saturday from 1300-1500.