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 in September.

AirVenture Australia's event Director David Young said that he was thrilled with the response they have received so far.

"We almost at capacity with a record number of sponsors and exhibitors getting behind this year's show," he said.

"We will be hosting over 60 educational events and within excess of 60 exhibitors and food vendors.

"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."

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 Australia will come together as a team and built a BushCat aircraft from a kit.

"Remarkably, the aircraft will be built inside of seven days and will take its maiden flight at the 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 the 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 aviation in Australia, the industry will be in good hands

AirVenture Australia's event Director David Young

"We had a tough time selecting the successful applicants to complete the build.

"It's really overwhelming to see so much interest in the 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 aviation in Australia, the industry will be in good hands".

AirVenture will also feature a separate but extensive day long Aviation Careers and STEM engagement program.

The program will feature six, hour long programs where students attending will select four to complete.

With activities ranging from airfoil construction to software coding through to Aerodynamics, students attending will benefit from a broad exposure to industry occupations and concepts.

The program 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," Mr. Young said.

"Each attending student will walk away having received a broad exposure to the aviation and aerospace industry."

This year's AirVenture 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 throughout including youth experience flights and adventure joy flights.

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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 at the event to camp on the 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 camping in the event camping area 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 Airplane Company and the RAAF including a FA18 Hornet," Mr. Young said.

"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."

"Normally a security controlled airport requiring an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) be held to enable to access air-side areas of Parkes Regional Airport, event visitors to AirVenture Australia will not require an ASIC to access the significant airside event precinct.

AirVenture Australia and the Parkes Shire Council have worked with the Department of Home Affairs to build a Special Event Zone (SEZ) to allow aviators and the public to access airside positions at Parkes Regional Airport.

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 have something for everyone.