Africa Aerospace and Defence keeps getting better


The week of 19 to 23 September will mark Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD 2012) seventh exhibition, cementing its status as ‘The largest exhibition of air, sea and land capabilities on the African continent’.

So much preparation goes on behind the scenes between shows, both from the side of the exhibitor’s and AAD team to ensure that the standard of the show keeps improving, so it is rewarding to see visitor numbers increase with each exhibition.

Between 19 and 21 September, trade and static displays will attract visitors from more than 31 countries as well as South African industry/trade delegates. The three trade days will be followed by the public days and spectacular airshow on 22 and 23 September 2012. It’s expected that the public days will attract crowds in the region of more than 50,000 spectators per day.

The trade days will feature 11 national pavilions including United States , China , Belgium , Germany , Italy , Turkey , Russia , India , Switzerland , Romania and United Kingdom and are expected to stimulate business for local and international companies involved in the growing defence, general aviation and security industries. AAD opens doors for local manufacturers and the huge amount of interest from the international defence and aerospace industry creates opportunities to exploit emerging markets in the southern African region as well as the continent as a whole.

The City of Tshwane ( Pretoria ) in conjunction with AAD and South African Police Services will monitor the event to ensure visitor and public safety and they will oversee a traffic management plan for AAD 2012 with traffic services to direct the thousands of people expected to attend AAD 2012 airshow. For the public, the allure of the show will be in the form of breath-taking aerobatic displays on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September.

There will also be lots of entertainment for the whole family, static displays of aircraft, trucks and armoured vehicles and an entertainment park for children.

Apart from the airshow, the open days will also feature vehicle demonstrations and plenty of interesting exhibitions. There will also be a youth development programme, where (learners and students) youngsters can experience the world of flight simulators, vehicle simulators and model building. Industry representatives will be on hand to provide more information about careers in the aerospace and defence industries.

For further information please contact: Ms Vhongani Shumba – AAD2012: Marketing and PR manager ; Cell: +27 (0)84 840 3214 e-mail: [email protected]

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