Lismore Aviation Expo offers high-flying adventure galore

Friday, 21 July 2017

The 2017 Lismore Aviation Expo offers up a huge line-up of family fun and an impressive array of aviation activities with everything from an Australia-first helicopter skydive to a major aerobatics display.
 
The Lismore Aviation Expo was rescheduled due to wet weather in June and will now be held on Saturday, 29 July at the Lismore Aviation Centre in Three Chain Road, South Lismore.
 
Here are just a few Expo highlights:
 
  • Major sponsor Fast Aviation will launch its all-weather, 24-hour air charter operation that will operate from Lismore – the only service of its kind in the Northern Rivers.
     
  • Spectacular live aerobatics displays from Paul Bennet Airshows – the largest aerial entertainment business in Australia.
     
  • Five-person synchronised skydive from a Bell UH-1 ‘Huey’ helicopter by Lismore business Rotorwing Helicopter Services. Rotorwing is the first company in Australia to be approved for skydive operations from a Huey helicopter.
     
  • Northern Rivers Aero Club will be offering a Pathway to Wings Assisted Scholarship. If you’re of high school age and want to learn how to fly, chat to the Aero Club about career and scholarship opportunities.
     
  • Joy flights from a range of operators. There are helicopter flights and light plane joy flights as well as adventure flights in Warbird aircraft and the Huey helicopter. Prices start from $50 per person.
     
  • Discover what the inside of a REX SAAB 340 aircraft looks like. Staff will be on hand to show visitors around and give them a sense of what life is like through the eyes of a commercial aircraft pilot.
     
The annual Lismore Aviation Expo was attended by more than 6000 people last year and with an ever-growing line-up, Lismore City Council is hoping for an even bigger turnout in 2017.
 
There is certainly no shortage of entertainment for anyone who loves aviation with an incredible display of aircraft from the 1900s through to the modern day. Highlights include the Albatross L39 jet, T28 Trojan, YAK 52s and Beech Mentor G-57, as well as Wolf Pitts, a Grunman Avenger, a Rebel 300, Model 12 Pitts, Fox Sailplane, WWI SE-5A biplane, CAC Winjeel, T-34 Mentor, Replica Spitfire, Beechcraft Baron… the list goes on!
 
There are also drones and model aircraft that the kids with love, colourful hot air balloons, and a magnificent display of vintage cars from every era.
 
“It’s a really impressive line-up and the Expo is a relatively new event for Lismore that the community has really embraced,” Lismore City Council’s Danielle Hanigan said.
 
“It has grown so fast and we were devastated to postpone in June. However, we are now prepared for a wonderful Expo and the weather forecast says nothing but sunshine, so we are very excited.”
 
The 2017 Lismore Aviation Expo also features displays from institutions offering aviation careers and training including the Northern Rivers Aero Club, TAFE, emergency services and the Defence Force.
 
There is also children’s entertainment, trade displays and delicious food stalls.
 
The Lismore Aviation Expo runs from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, 29 July at the Lismore Aviation Centre, Three Chain Road, South Lismore. Entry is $5 with children under 16 free, and all proceeds go to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
 
Due to limited parking on-site, two free shuttle buses will run continuously from 9am: one from the Lismore Transit Centre and the other from the Lismore Lake via the Lismore Airport Passenger Terminal. Pick-up points will have a clearly marked ‘Bus Stop’. Designated disabled parking will be available on site at the Lismore Aviation Centre.
 

For more information, go to www.visitlismore.com.au or phone 1300 87 83 87.

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