Youth and Aviation set to light up the skies over Parkes…September 4th, 2019 Comments Off on Youth and Aviation set to light up the skies over Parkes…
AirVenture Australia, Australia’s premier General, Sport and Recreational Aviation event is set to light up the skies over Parkes later this month.
AirVenture Australia’s event Director David Young said that he was thrilled with the response the event has received. “we’re almost at full capacity with a record number of sponsors and exhibitors getting behind this year’s event. We will be hosting over 60 educational workshops and seminars with in excess of 60 event exhibitors and food vendors. The Parkes Shire Council and its team of event specialists have been outstanding to work with and have welcomed AirVenture Australia to Parkes with open arms,” Mr. Young said.
This year’s event sees the addition of a comprehensive youth aviation engagement program, the first of its kind in regional Australia. The program encompasses an Australian first where a group of 25 School Students from across the Central West and interstate will come together as a team and built a BushCat aircraft from a kit.
Remarkably, the aircraft will be built inside of 7 days and will take its maiden flight in the event’s airshow on Sunday. Mr. Young said, “Numerous high quality applications to take part in the build had been received from all over Australia. We had a tough time selecting the successful applicants to complete the build. It’s really overwhelming to see so much interest in this ‘work experience’ program from Australia’s future aviation professionals. If the quality of the applications we received is any indication of the next generation of aviators in Australia, the industry will be in good hands”.
The event will also feature a separate but extensive day long Aviation Careers and STEM engagement program. The program will feature six hour long segments of which students can select four to complete. With activities ranging from airfoil construction to software coding and erodynamics, students attending will benefit from a broad exposure to industry occupations and concepts. This element of the event will have access to a full motion flight simulator to give aspiring pilots the opportunity to experience simulated flight with a flight instructor guiding them. “We expect that in excess of 150 year 8 to 12 students from the Central West New South Wales region will attend and participate in the passport program. Each attending student will walk away having received broad exposure to the aviation and aerospace industry,” Mr. Young said.
This year’s event will include a twilight seminar and trade exposition on Friday night allowing visitors flying in to arrive in the afternoon and still take part in those activities.
In addition to the trade exposition, educational seminars and careers program, the event will have something for everyone. Children’s entertainment and activities will be available, including youth experience flights and adventure joy flights. Each day will conclude with a planned entertainment program including local musician Barry Green. Food vendors and a bar will be available till late each day for everyone to enjoy and soak up the aviation atmosphere.
An exciting innovation for this year’s event will be the ability for those wanting to camp to do so on Parkes Regional Airport alongside the event precinct. The precinct will not only be available to ‘underwing’ fly in campers, but also those who walk in with tents or drive in with Caravan’s and RV’s. Those choosing camp will be able to enjoy the air displays, which take place throughout the event, from the comfort of their camping site.
“Sunday’s airshow has a full line of high energy aircraft supported by The Airshow Company and a RAAF FA18 Hornet. We are expecting up to 400 aircraft to fly into the event which will be a spectacular on its own. The skies over Parkes will truly light up”, Mr. Young said.
Normally a security controlled airport requiring an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) to access air-side areas, special dispensation has been negotiated to allow event visitors to AirVenture Australia 2019 to access the significant airside event precinct without the need for a card. AirVenture Australia and the Parkes Regional Council have worked with the Department of Home Affairs to build a Special Event Zone (SEZ) to facilitate general access to normally restricted space.
Also not seen before at AirVenture Australia, this year one lucky visitor to the event who purchases their ticket on-line will go into the draw to win a BushCat aircraft worth $100,000. AirVenture Australia will certainly have something for everyone!
For more information about AirVenture Australia, visit www.airventureaustralia.com.au
For media enquiries please contact David Young – Event Director 0423 003306