Updates – Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD2018)

AAD2018

The event is hosted over a period of five days in the following format:
A 3-day trade exhibition: The trade exhibition showcases air, sea and land defence technologies, including a static aircraft display. It is open to media and trade visitors only.
A 2-day air show: The air show is a live demonstration of global aircraft and is open to media, trade and general public visitors.

ABOUT THE AIR SHOW AND EXHIBITION
Africa Aerospace and Defence Air show and Defence Exhibition is open to the public.
The air show comprise of a world class air demonstration, mobility track demonstrations, parachute drops, aerobatic displays and many other static displays from some of the biggest names in the aviation and defence industry who will demonstrate their latest and greatest aircraft.
There will also be organised children’s activities and attractions including a Youth Development Programme will be staged in a dedicated Pavilion with a fun fly park where the youth will have interactive activities, such as plastic model building, virtual aviation, simulator, target shooting, first-aid and crime scene investigation.

We at Aviation Central are official Media partner to Africa Aerospace and Defence – AAD2018

  • We will be bringing you the latest news and updates on AAD 2018 right here on this page
  • We will be announcing when you can download the AAD 2018 Mobile APP
  • We will be announcing when you can get your ticket online!
  • We will be running competitions on this page
  • We will be the 1st to announce confirmed aircraft to attend AAD 2018

Be sure to check this page regularly for updates!

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Update 11 June 2018

Read about the 100 day & AAD 2018 Media Launch 


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Update 30 May 2018

Early Bird Rates Available from 1 June 2018! Book tickets to the Africa Aerospace and Defence Air show and Exhibition open to the public on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2018. Valid until the 31st of July 2018, qualify for Early Bird Rates at R100 per adult or R80 per Child or Pensioner, on sale at Computicket. #AAD2018

Adult Pensioner Child Children under 5
Now till 31st July 2018 R100 R80 R80 Free
01 Aug 2018 till show day R130 R90 R90 Free
At the gate R150 R100 R100 Free

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Update 20 May 2018

PARKING

PARKING AND SURROUNDING ROAD:

Only residents of the area, pedestrians, park & ride busses and Gautrain shuttles will be allowed access to Solomon Mahlangu (Hans Strijdom) Road, which will be closed from 04h00 to 19h00 on both Air show days. Traffic officials will patrol the area frequently as well.

The South African Air Force and especially AFB Waterkloof appreciate the continuous support of the community and request that any enquiries be directed to AAD call Centre situated at the base.

Free secure parking will be available on AFB Waterkloof’s grounds.

For more information please contact us:
TEL: +27 71 697 7824
E-MAIL: addresscommunity@aadexpo.co.za

PARK & RIDE:

AAD has developed a park-and-ride system to make parking easier. Air Force Base Swartkop and 68 Air School have been identified as official parking areas, while a third parking area will be located inside the AFB Waterkloof.

Cars will not be allowed to park next to the road to avoid obscuring traffic.

AFB Swartkop (3000 vehicle parking bays) – Google Maps

68 Air School (500 vehicle parking bays) – Google Maps


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Update 05 May 2018


With less than five months to opening day, the 10th edition of Africa Aerospace & Defence
(AAD) is gaining increased attention from exhibitors and other role players in the aerospace
and defence field. This is exemplified by the number of confirmed exhibitors, the record
number of national pavilions confirmed to date, as well as major sponsors that have pledged
support towards the event.
Managed on a rotation basis by a partnership comprising the Department of Defence (DOD),
Armscor, the South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industry Association (AMD) and
the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA), AAD2018 will take place 19
to 23 September 2018 at its long-standing home of Air Force Base Waterkloof in Tshwane.
According to the organisers, AAD2018 will once again be a world-class showcase, with
spectacular aerial and ground displays, some of which have never been seen before on the
African continent.
“We are currently still engaging several countries to finalise their participation of aircraft,”
said Leon Dillman, CEO of the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA),
the lead partner tasked with ensuring the success of the popular air show and exhibition. “As
we await confirmation of aircraft types, we hope to make an announcement shortly; watch
this space”, commented Dillman.
National pavilions confirmed are Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France (a new
pavilion), Germany, Italy, Namibia, Russia, Turkey, Poland, USA and UK. With Lithuania taking
a national pavilion, this brings the total number of pavilions to 14 thus far.
Besides national pavilions, local and foreign exhibitors have booked up virtually all available
space at AFB Waterkloof. According to Dillman, most outdoor space has been sold out and
more than 90% of indoor exhibition space has also been taken. Of the available hospitality
chalets, more than 80% have been booked.
A new feature on the AAD2018 programme will be seminars, covering topical subjects such
as “Cyber Security” and “The Future of Drones”. Seminars at major exhibitions have gained
popularity worldwide, both as a means to convey key capabilities in a specific field to the toplevel
decision-makers attending the exhibition and to enable the industry to engage on a
wider front. These seminars are scheduled to run over the three trade
days, i.e. 19 to 21 September. A complete schedule will be
communicated in due course.

“For this reason, we offer a number of small theatres with seating capacity of fifty (50) for
presentations, product launches and media briefings, which are ideal at a venue like
Waterkloof,” explains Dillman.
Given the importance of drones in both the military and commercial spheres, and at the
behest of drone manufacturers, AAD2018 will once again feature a dedicated drone pavilion
at AAD2018, according to Dillman.
The Exhibitor Briefing is scheduled for July. Trade registration (for trade visitors only) will
open on 15 May 2018. Trade visitors are invited professional and business persons primarily
engaged in legitimate areas of defence, general aviation, the military, government,
equipment procurement, end-users of such equipment and research entities. This precludes
persons under the age of 18 years. The trade invitation is valid only for the Trade days 19 to
21 September 2018.
For any prospective exhibitors that still wish to participate, Dillman advises them to access
the E-zone on the AAD website (http://www.aadexpo.co.za/portal/login) where bookings can
be made. This is done on a first-come-first-serve basis.

07 April


Breaking News

We at Aviation Central are now an official Media partner to Africa Aerospace and Defence – AAD2018

  • We will be bringing you the latest news and updates on AAD 2018 right here on this page
  • We will be announcing when you can download the AAD 2018 Mobile APP
  • We will be announcing when you can get your ticket online!
  • We will be running competitions on this page
  • We will be the 1st to announce confirmed aircraft to attend AAD 2018

Be sure to check this page regularly for updates!


31 March


The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) is Africa’s only Aerospace and Defence Expo that combines both a trade exhibition and an air show. On this page you will receive regular updates on what to expect from AAD2018.

Aviation Central will have a full team at the 2018 Event. We are excited to be part of the Leading Aerospace and Defence event on the African Continent. We are currently in negotiations with the AAD team to become official public media source of information regarding the 2018 event.

Updates to start in April 2018 on this page!
Also read our guide Do’s and Don’ts attending an Airshow
Join our Facebook page for AAD2018

You will also start to see and expected aircraft list, Please note this can change at any time and is not a 100% Grantee of attendance.


Aircraft List


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Country Civilian or Military Aircraft type Aircraft

 


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