The Australian International Airshow, Avalon 2013

Mark Jefferies is to fly at The Australian International Airshow from February 26th to 3rd March 2013. The last time I flew at Avalon was in 1997 with the YAK 52. This was the one of the most hot and humid shows I’ve ever flown at, every pull to or from the vertical sweat dripped from my nose! On one occasion there was a dust cloud at the end of the runway, when it reached us the wind direction changed 90′, the temperature dropped by 10′ and visibility was down to 400 meters. One of the highlights of the show was the (almost) silent arrival of the F111 in total darkness on a dump and burn mission flaming into the sky as I imagine V2 rocket would have done.

After the show, Mark is to fly the Extra 330LX from the show 2500 miles along the coast to Perth, Western Australia. Mark would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone within the broadcast community who maybe interested in making a documentary of this flight.

The 2013 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition will be held over six days, from Tuesday 26 February to Sunday 3 March.

Industry-only trade sessions will be held Tuesday to Thursday (all day) and Friday will be both a trade and public day. The exposition will open each day from 9am until 5pm

The public is not admitted during the industry-only trade sessions, which are restricted to accredited industry, defence and government professionals

The show will open to the public on Friday 1 March (from 2pm to 9.30pm), Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March (from 8am to 6pm)

Associated industry and technology conferences, seminars and symposia will be held at Avalon and in Melbourne and Geelong during show week


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