AAD 2014 organisers confident of a full house


With seven months to go before the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) defence and security exhibition opens its doors for business, 85% of indoor and half the outdoor exhibition space available at AFB Waterkloof has been snapped up.

The number of international pavilions at Africa’s premier defence show now stands at nine with France and Jordan joining Argentina, China Germany, Italy, Russia, Switzerland and the United States.

Exhibition director Leona Redelinghuys is confident the 8th AAD exhibition will again confirm the high esteem the exhibition is held in nationally, continentally and internationally.
“AAD2014 will host a good mix of first-timers and repeat exhibitors, some with increased exhibition space. Confirmed exhibitors include Milkor, Reutec, Tellumat, MTU South Africa, Wagtail Military, Imperial Armour, Osprey Logistics, BAE Systems, OTT, Rippel Effect, Turbomeca Africa, Denel, TWA Africa, Barloworld Power, Cassidian Optronics, Paramount and DCD Protected Mobility,” she said adding expectations were there would be more exhibitors than two years ago.

September 17 is the first of three dedicated trade days with the weekend of September 20 and 21 open to the public for the massively popular airshow.

Trade visitors will be able to register on-line from March 3 via the AAD website (www.aadexpo.co.za).
“AAD is in the process of appointing a service provider for ticket sales for the airshow days, prepaid tickets will be sold at an affordable price (R60 for adults and R50 children under 12 with a R10 discount for pensioners). To encourage attendance there will be entertainment for the whole family, static displays of aircraft, trucks and armoured vehicles and an entertainment park for children,” Vhongani Shumba, AAD marketing and public relations manager, said.

As with past exhibitions AAD will again feature a dedicated youth development programme. A hangar has been set aside for interactive activities, ranging from model building through to shooting, first aid and the opportunity to “fly” in simulators.