20 000 trade visitors, 28 countries exhibiting at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012


Approximately 20 000 trade visitors and 116 VIP delegations are expected to visit the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2012 exhibition outside Pretoria between 19 and 23 September.

The organisers of AAD 2012 have confirmed that there will be 90 civil and military static aircraft on display during the show, and six hangars for exhibitors.

In total, AAD will feature 13 national pavilions, including those from India, Russia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Belgium, China, USA, UK, Romania, Pakistan, Brazil and South Korea.

The 28 exhibitor countries at this year’s event will include Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jordan, Namibia, Netherlands, P.R. China, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Norway, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Finland and the USA.

The top 15 exhibitors will be ARMSCOR, BAE Systems, CSIR, DCD, Denel, German Pavilion, Indian Pavilion, Integrated Convoy Protection, Italy, Mercedes Benz, Paramount, Russian Pavilion, Thales Group, Turkish Pavilion, and the USA Pavilion.

The first three days of the exhibition are traditionally trade days (9:00 to 18:00 every day), followed by two Air Show days that are open to the public – these are expected to attract crowds of more than 50 000 spectators per day.

A specially designed mobility track is being built to showcase the capabilities of the military vehicles, which will be put through their paces during two one-hour sessions each day. The mobility track will have eight challenging obstacles, including water troughs, ditches, steps, steep inclines, out-of-phase cobbles and tight turning circles. Tanks, amphibious vehicles and personnel carriers are expected to show their full mettle on the track.

For the first time, in co-operation with the Aero Club of South Africa and Recreational Aviation Association of SA (RAASA), a dedicated area (Fun Fly Park) for light sports aircraft (LSA) types has been allocated. This reflects the growing popularity of home-built and kit aircraft, microlights and gliders in South Africa.

The aerospace and defence industry has also taken a conscious decision to continue to support the Youth Development Programme (YDP) of AAD 2012. The YDP is celebrating its tenth anniversary and the organisers of AAD have invited learners who are achievers in Science and Mathematics from the Dinaledi schools. The programme includes activities such as plastic model building, virtual aviation, simulation, target shooting, first aid and crime scene investigation.

For AAD 2012, visitors will be able to utilise the Gautrain and Gautrain bus service. Participants coming from Hatfield, Pretoria, Midrand, Rhodesfield, OR Tambo, Sandton, and Marlboro stations will be able to use the Gautrain Bus shuttle from Centurion station. They can take the train to Centurion station, take the Gautrain Bus shuttle to AFB Waterkloof, and take the Gautrain Bus shuttle back to Centurion station.

Use of the Gautrain Bus shuttle cost R6 if you have used the train and R20 if you have not used the train. Train users enjoy a R10 parking fee.

Contractors will be able to enter through Gate 6 and Gate 7 on van Ryneveld Avenue.