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Symposium, Airservices International Sustainable
Aviation Forum, AOPA Pacific Dialogue, Australian
Airports Association (AAA) Victoria Division Meeting,
Australian Association for Unmanned Systems
(AAUS) Conference, Australian Business Aviation
Association (ABAA) & International Business Aviation
Council (IBAC) Meetings, Flight Test Society of
Australia (FTSA) Symposium, Growing MRO
Business in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region Conference,
Safeskies Australia Industry Seminar, Victorian Skills
Commissioner - Aviation Skills Forum, The OneSKY
Australia Program - A New Direction in ATM - Industry
Briefing, and The Australian Aviation Associations
Forum (TAAAF) Members General Assembly.
2015 WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, WILL
2017 BE EVEN BETTER?
The 2015 Australian International Airshow delivered
a multi-million dollar economic and tourist bonanza.
The figures are detailed in a report prepared by the
National Institute of Economic and Industry Research
in the months following the 2015 event.
Victoria received a gross economic benefit of
$146.2 million and household incomes were boosted
by $80.5 million. The Airshow also created 2,000 full
year equivalent employment positions.
The event had an extremely positive economic
effect on its host city. It increased Geelong's gross
regional product by $22.1 million and generated 258
fulltime annual equivalent employment positions. The
Airshow continued to attract visitors from home and
Of the 169,251 visitations during the six day event,
more than 38,000 were from interstate and more than
13,000 from overseas. The vast majority were from
Melbourne (93,000), Geelong (12,000) and regional
Airshow CEO Ian Honnery said the figures bode
extremely well for the 2017 event.
" The pulling power of our event, both as aviation
spectacular and as a world class trade show, remains
extremely strong," he said. " The fact that we continue
to attract people from the four corners of the globe
reflects our prestige and international standing."
In addition to direct economic impact, business
deals worth more than $1.25 billion were announced
during and following the Airshow. Transactions
included the signing of the multi-million dollar
OneSKY contract between Airservices Australia and
the Australian arm of the French-based aerospace
technology giant Thales as well as a number of other
civil aviation, aerospace and defence deals.
Furthermore, participating companies and trade
visitors were exposed to more than $4 billion worth of
defence contract opportunities.
Mr. Honnery said the Airshow and its associated
International Aerospace and Defence Exposition is
a key driver for business development and economic
growth in the aerospace and defence sector. " By
any standards we play an important and unique role
supporting Australian industry and promoting local
know how to the international marketplace," he said.
"As a not-for-profit organisation our mission is to
provide a conduit between Australian technology
innovators and service providers and the key
international industry decision makers."
The Avalon-based event hosted 38 symposia and
conferences that attracted more than two thousand
delegates and speakers. These covered a range of
defence, civil aviation, safety and scientific topics.
Further, more than a hundred official delegations,
at senior military, industry and scientific level attended
the event to inspect the latest technologies and seek
new business liaisons.
" There is more to our event than just a world famous
Airshow with its spectacular flying displays," Mr
Honnery said. " We're serious about the business of
doing business, of bringing the world to Australia and
taking Australia to the world".
GET READY FOR AIA 2017
Online trade visitor registration will be available via the
TRADE/visit/pre-registration.asp from late 2016.
From plans already announced it would appear that
the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace
& Defence Exposition 2017 will be fully up to the
standards of previous years. Truly an event not to be
missed by all aviation minded people and those with a
business or defence interest in aviation.
(APDR acknowledges assistance from Tom Burnett,
Executive Manager Media & Communications.
AMDA in preparing this preview.)
A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport and an F/A-18A Hornet. Credit: CoA / Nicci Freeman
C-27J Spartan of No. 35 Squadron RAAF Richmond. Credit: CoA / Rick Prideaux
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