Work has started on next year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition, which returns to Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria after a six year absence. Organisers say the seventh edition of AAD will take place from September 19 to 23 next year.
“The organisers are fully aware that this change in venue could cause some discomfort for many of the stakeholders of AAD, particularly the Cape Town based exhibitors. Returning the show to Centurion, Pretoria has been seen as a positive move by many local and foreign exhibitors, the organising body said in a statement this morning.
“The partners and organisers are confident that this move will add additional stimulus and new challenges to broaden the scope of this well-known event on the international civil aviation and defence exhibitions calendar.
“The trade exhibition is expected to have net sales of 13 000m² indoor space and 15 000m² outdoor space (static park),” they say in a statement, adding that they also want to best the record attendance of 13 000 trade visitors and 350 exhibitors at last year’s Cape Town show. Some 45 000 aviation enthusiasts attended the public days on September 24 and 25.
September 19,20 and 21 will be allocated to the trade only, with Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September being public days featuring “the largest international air show in Africa”.
The exhibition will again be presented by the partnership of the South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industry Association (AMD), the Armament Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) and the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) with full support of the Department of Defence.
The organisers also announced Leona Redelinghuys will be exhibition director.