• The Tecnam stand at OzKosh 2016 drew plenty of interest. (Steve Hitchen)
    The Tecnam stand at OzKosh 2016 drew plenty of interest. (Steve Hitchen)

Australia's annual national general aviation fly-in at Narromine, NSW, has again been rebranded.

What started out as Ausfly in 2013 became OzKosh for 2016, and for 2017 will be known as AirVenture Australia.

The name was changed to OzKosh after the Sport Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA) and Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) combined the Ausfly and Natfly events. The Australian Parachute Federation (APF) is also a founding partner in AirVenture Australia.

RAAus CEO Michael Linke believes the new format will be popular with the general aviation community.

“RAAus believes that aviation will be the winner," he told Australian Flying. "Our reason for taking a leading role in developing this event is that everyone in aviation benefits by collaboration and we all share a passion for anything that flies.

"The three founding partner organisations welcome involvement at the event from a host of other organisations, including warbirds, the Ballooning Federation and a host of others. RAAus is a strong believer in collaboration and working together always yields better outcomes.

“We want to create a single point of interest for our members to engage, learn and discuss the future of our sport. We also want the community at large to visit and experience every aspect of aviation. Drones, balloons, gyrocopters, light sport aircraft, factory and amateur built RAAus and VH registered aircraft and the amazingly restored warbirds will all be on show.

“Plus we’ve got some surprises up our sleeve for an airshow with a difference!"

The OzKosh branding drew criticism from the industry because it was seen as an attempt to leverage the name from the annual US show Oshkosh. That criticism is unlikely to abate given that Airventure is the real name of the Oshkosh show.

AirVenture Australia is scheduled for 19-21 October 2017 at Narrowmine, NSW.


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