Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) Chairman Michael Monck has urged the general aviation community to disregard rumours about Airventure Australia and turn up to Narromine in numbers.
In a statement released yesterday, Monck said that the event, scheduled for 19-21 October, was definitely going ahead after both RAAus and the Australian Parachute Federation (APF) put in funds.
"In less than two weeks AirVenture Australia will be here," Monck stressed. "Some of you may have heard some rumours and hearsay about various things that have gone on with the event but I can assure you it is going to go ahead.
"RAAus and the [APF] have secured this year’s event by committing the required funds to make sure it is viable. In response to this the exhibitor numbers have increased from last year, the RAAF Roulettes are coming and Matt Hall will be in attendance.
"The event is bigger and better this year and has changed slightly in format compared to previous years after requests from exhibitors and attendees alike. This means that we need your support to make the event a permanent fixture on the aviation calendar for years to come."
Airventure Australia's viablility was threatened after major sponsor OzRunways withdrew significant support amidst a controversy over a deal that would have excluded competitors from attending.