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An A27 Hawk 127 operated by No 76 Squadron.
Credit: CoA / Shane Gidall
symposia convened in conjunction with the 2017
Airshow, on-site at Avalon Airport in the purpose-built
The Exhibition Layout for the three halls shows that
virtually all of the available space had been taken as
of 29 November 2016. Amongst a plethora of medium
size and smaller stands, many famous names can be
noted. A look at a plan indicating the largest stands in
each of the three halls reveals some very large players
making a significant presence. In Hall 1 are located
Elbit, Boeing Defence Australia, BAE Systems and
Airbus. Hall 2 has state stands from NSW, Victoria
and Queensland, together with Defence, Thales,
Rokestan, CEA and QinetiQ. Hall 3 has big stands
occupied by Northrop Grumman, General Atomics,
Northstar Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, Defence SA
and the Department of Defence.
The might and power of the Royal Australian Air Force
will be very evident at Avalon 2017. In all, almost 50
RAAF aircraft will take part in a series of high octane
flying displays and fascinating ground exhibits. It is a
record level of participation by the Air Force at Avalon
and one that reflects the theme of the event Air Power
There will be fourteen jet fighter aircraft, F/A-18F
Super Hornets, F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets and Hawk
127s taking part in simulated combat manoeuvres and
air warfare scenarios. An E-7A Wedgetail (airborne
early warning and battle control aircraft) will also play
a key role in the Air Force’s flying displays.
C-17A Globemaster III, C -130J Hercules and C-27J
Spartan heavy life tactical and strategic aircraft will
display their agility and unique handling qualities.
On 25 November 2016 the RAAF’s first P-8A
Poseidon arrived at its new home at RAAF Base
Edinburgh. Number 92 Wing will operate Australia’s
newest maritime surveillance aircraft, which will
support a full range of tasks, including anti-surface
and anti-submarine warfare; maritime and overland
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance;
electronic support; and a search and rescue capability.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher
Pyne MP, said the cutting edge aircraft will dominate
the skies around the nation’s coastline, greatly
enhancing Australia’s ability to keep our borders
secure and guard our maritime approaches.
“This is an historic step for the Royal Australian
Air Force with the arrival of Australia’s first P-8A
Poseidon at RAAF Base Edinburgh," he said. “ The
P-8A Poseidon is a modern, highly reliable aircraft
incorporating the latest maritime surveillance and
strike capabilities. It will be networked with other
Air Force and Australian Defence Force maritime
capabilities as outlined in the 2016 Defence
The RAAF will bring their P-8A Poseidon to the
event, along with A330 MRTT multi role transport
and KC-30A tanker aircraft. All modern day aircraft,
with the exception of the Poseidon, will take part in
the flying displays and all will be on show in the static
The ever popular Roulettes, the RAAF’s own world
class aerobatic team, will also appear at the Avalon-
based event. In addition to its modern day aircraft,
the Air Force will also display a number of its vintage
aircraft and classic warbirds. Ground exhibits will also
include mission displays, military working dog displays
and performances by the renowned RAAF band.
AVALON 2017 will feature a dazzling array of the latest
and most capable military aircraft, as well as historic,
sports and aerobatic flying displays.
In 2015, no less than 682 aircraft (from airliners, fast
jets, helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft and business
jets to recreational and sporting aircraft, antiques,
warbirds, ultralights and gliders) participated in the
show - either in the air or on the ground.
With the most comprehensive flying displays seen
in the region and some of the most exciting aerial
acts performed anywhere in the world, the Australian
International Airshow at Avalon has gained the well-
deserved reputation of being a brilliant aviation
spectacular. Its unique "Night Alight" show on Friday
night is always one of the highlights.
At AVALON 2017 the public air show and flying
displays will assume even greater significance as
cutting edge military strike aircraft are put through
GENERAL AND BUSINESS AVIATION
The many and varied aspects of general and business
aviation will be showcased and promoted at AVALON
2017 like never before. Ground and static aircraft
displays will be plentiful as will the latest offerings
from avionics, communications, navigation and
components suppliers. Many specialist conferences
and seminars will be pitched squarely at this important
These are expected to attract large numbers of
private and business pilots and owners to the event.
Again, Avalon East airstrip will be utilised, allowing
many hundreds of private light aircraft and their crews
to visit the Airshow and Exposition.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
has invited delegations from throughout the Indo-
Asia- Pacific region and the United States to visit and
participate in the event.
The International Business Aviation Council will
hold its board meeting at Avalon during the event. It
all goes to ensure a strong, focussed and informed
audience for GA and Business Aviation.
A highlight of the events at Avalon is the numerous
briefings, meetings, seminars, conferences and
forums where attendees with similar interests can
get together to receive presentations on the latest
information and to discuss matters of mutual interest.
Among those noted by APDR as being conducted
coincidentally with other Avalon events included The
Next Generation World Airports Conference, 17th
Australian International Aerospace Congress.
Aerospace Environment Working Group (AEWG)
Roulettes aerobatic display team fly in formation.
Credit: CoA / Oliver Carter
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