Lismore Aviation Expo to go ahead despite wet weather

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Lismore Aviation Expo will go ahead as planned this Saturday, 17 June despite the recent wet weather and minor flood in Lismore.

Organiser Danielle Hanigan from Lismore City Council said the event was largely held on tarmac at the Lismore Aviation Centre in South Lismore and said the show would go on.

However, she did warn that parking is extremely limited and asked people to use the free shuttle buses provided. Buses will run on a continuous loop from 9am from the Lismore Transit Centre in the CBD, the old Mills Transport depot at 210 Union Street and the Lismore Airport Passenger Terminal, picking up every 15 minutes. All sites will have clearly signposted ‘Bus Stop’ signage.

“The ground at the Lismore Aviation Centre earmarked for parking is extremely wet, so we urge people to please park at one of the three locations provided and ride the bus,” she said.

“Luckily all our displays, stalls and events are happening on tarmac surfaces, so we can continue with the event. All our aircraft are confirmed and we are looking forward to a fantastic day of high-flying fun.”

Highlights of the event include exciting aerobatic displays by Paul Bennet Airshows and a flypast by a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III, which is a massive transport aircraft used to deploy everything from troops to Black Hawk helicopters.

Rotorwing Helicopter Services and local hot air balloon operators will be showing off their flying machines and offering joy flights, while major sponsor Fast Aviation will launch Lismore’s new 24-hour charter service.

Other highlights include the chance to go inside the cockpit of a REX SAAB 340 and a range of adventure and scenic flights including warbirds.

Visitors can check out aircraft from the 1900s right through to the modern day as well as military aircraft, drones, model planes, vintage cars and motorcycles.

Young people interested in flying can visit local aviation training institutes including the Defence Force and emergency services, the Northern Rivers Aero Club and the North Coast Institute of TAFE, which offers a Certificate IV in flight attendant training using a replica plane at the Wollongbar campus.

The Lismore Aviation Expo runs from 9am to 4pm this Saturday, 17 June at the Lismore Aviation Centre, Three Chain Road, South Lismore. Entry is $5 with children under 16 free.

Proceeds from the Lismore Aviation Expo will go to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

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