• Aviatex 2017 was held in conjuction with Wings over Illawarra. (Steve Hitchen)
    Aviatex 2017 was held in conjuction with Wings over Illawarra. (Steve Hitchen)

General aviation exhibition Aviatex will relocate from Illawarra Regional Airport to Bankstown Airport this November after a partnership deal was arranged between organisers Bright Events and Sydney Metro Airports.

Aviatex has in the past been held in conjunction with Wings over Illawarra at Albion Park.

According to Bright Events, the move is a strategic one to place Aviatex in the heart of Australia’s largest city, which it believes will give greater scope to take in the education and training sectors covering all areas of the aviation industry.

CEO of Sydney Metro Airports, Lee de Winton, welcomed the move as one that would help showcase Bankstown not only to the aviation community, but also the general public.

“This is an exciting time for our airports, general aviation in the Sydney Basin area and also the community," she said. "I am pleased to welcome Aviatex to Bankstown in 2018 especially as we need to attract the next generation of pilots, engineers and other aviation professional to meet the needs of both the imminent Western Sydney Airport and the wider Australian aviation Industry.

"It is also a great opportunity to show off our airport. Bankstown is home to not only over 15 flying schools and an ecosystem of supporting businesses but also boasts the majority of the State air emergency services which provide essential support to millions in Sydney and wider NSW.”

Bright Events is hoping to specifically attract school leavers to Aviatex to sample the range of potential career streams on offer, ranging from flight training to engineering, management, air traffic control, general aviation and aviaton both civil and military.

“We are excited to provide the general aviation community a platform to showcase their products and services in such a prime location," said Bright Events Director Mark Bright.

"We encourage the aviation industry to take advantage of this opportunity to engage with other industry professionals and career seekers. The expo will also provide an outstanding venue for business leaders to network, with specific areas set aside for seminars and private conferencing.”

Last year, Aviatex was held on the far side of Illawarra Regional Airport, which was seen as a counter-productive move by some exhibitors because it restricted flow-on visits from people attending the air show.

This year's event will be held over three days 15-17 November and is open to the general public. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and can be bought on-line or at the gate.

More information is on the Aviatex website.


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