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About Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD2022)

AAD2022

The 14th Edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD2022) is set to take place in September 2022. AAD2022 will consist of two parts, 21st to 23rd of September is the Trade days and are aimed at the Aviation and Defence specialists, The Weekend, 24th, and 25th of September are the Public days and consist of Africa’s largest Airshow. The Show is held biannually at Waterkloof Air Force Base in the City of Tshwane, South Africa. AAD is also know by many as Waterkloof Airshow 

THE PREMIER EXHIBITION OF AIR, SEA AND LAND TECHNOLOGIES ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) is Africa’s only aerospace and defence expo that combines both a trade exhibition and an air show. Held biennially in the City of Tshwane – South Africa’s administrative capital, the AAD Expo is one of South Africa’s largest contributors to the country’s GDP in show years, and is regarded as a national asset.

ABOUT THE AIR SHOW AND EXHIBITION

Africa Aerospace and Defence Air show and Defence Exhibition are 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.

Public Visitor Information

Also, read Do’s and Don’ts attending an Airshow

Ticket Information Coming Soon

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AAD2022 SITE MAP

AAD2022 Site Map

DIRECTIONS TO AAD

From OR Tambo International Airport

From OR Tambo International Airport take exit 46 for R21 N towards Kempton Park / Pretoria.
Merge onto R21.
Take exit 12 for M31 / Nellmapius Drive towards Centurion.
Turn left onto Nellmapius Dr / M31.
Turn right onto Van Ryneveld Ave / M28.

From Midrand (N1)

Head northwest toward Old Pretoria Main Rd.
Turn right onto Old Pretoria Main Rd.
Take the 3rd left to stay on Old Pretoria Main Rd.
Take the 1st left onto New Rd.
Slight right to merge onto N1 towards Pretoria. Partial toll road.
Continue onto Ben Schoeman Fwy.
Take the exit towards M10.
Turn left onto M10.
The destination will be on the left.

Map

AAD2022 Map

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

  • No gazebos, laser devices, firearms, knives, glass bottles, drugs, pets, braais or umbrellas may be brought onto the AFB Waterkloof’s premises
  • Visitors are not permitted to bring their own alcohol to the show
  • Members of the public are requested to remain within the demarcated public viewing areas
  • Ear Plugs will be sold at the Waterkloof Base
  • Radios capable of tuning (Scanners), will also not be allowed on the base. If radios or Scanners are found on the day it will be confiscated by ICASA.
  • The flying of Drones during the event will also not be allowed.
  • Visitors are welcome to bring their cameras to photograph events.
  • Visitors should bring their own camping chairs and sunscreen.
  • Food stalls and a beer garden will be available, but PICNIC BASKETS are welcome
  • ATMs are available throughout for your convenience
  • Medical/first aid facility, access for the disabled, lost child centre
  • Sufficient toilets will be available.
  • Come early and enjoy a full day of wonderful entertainment
  • Tips for parents: Place a name and mobile number on a piece of paper and put in your child’s pocket or write your mobile number on your child’s arm.

FAQ PUBLIC VISITORS

Will public transport be available?

Yes. There will be limited public transport buses (Tshwane Buses) and Gautrain Buses departing from the Centurion Railway Station to the AFB Waterkloof. The buses will depart from these locations to AFB Waterkloof in the morning and will return again in the afternoon.

Will public transport be available?

Yes. There will be limited public transport buses (Tshwane Buses) and Gautrain Buses departing from the Centurion Railway Station to the AFB Waterkloof. The buses will depart from these locations to AFB Waterkloof in the morning and will return again in the afternoon.

Can I visit the air show in the week?

No. The trade days are strictly open to trade visitors and professionals only.

Is the show the same on both days?

The format of the show is the same on both days. The only difference between Saturday and Sunday is in the flying displays.

Parking

There is ample parking for visitors and parking is free at the Base.

Can I smoke at the air show?

AAD is a no-smoking area, no smoking is permitted in any of the halls or chalets or restaurants.

Can I bring alcohol to the Show?

No. For the safety of everyone, alcohol cannot be brought onto the Air Show grounds.

Can I bring my dog?

No pets are allowed, for safety reasons. Registered Guide Dogs, as permitted by law, are allowed.

Can I bring my dog?

No pets are allowed, for safety reasons. Registered Guide Dogs, as permitted by law, are allowed.

Is there a pharmacy on site?

There are medics on-site and medical services are provided throughout. In the event of an injury or illness, please locate the Medical Centre or contact any of the Organisers or Security Staff who will arrange assistance.

What should I do if I become separated from my child?

Any lost children are taken to the Lost Children Centre (see map for location). In the event of a lost child, the adult should report it to the Lost Children Centre or Organisers Office, or locate any of the show organisers or police at the show for assistance.

Also, read Do’s and Don’ts attending an Airshow

Aircraft list & Program

The Aircraft list will only be available in September with the Flying Program will be made available Friday 23rd September, Click here to view the Aircraft list as the Aircraft are being made available

 

Below are Photos from AAD2018

67 Days to AAD 2022 Media Briefing

The countdown to 67 days to Africa Aerospace and Defence Trade exhibition and Airshow which will be held at Airforce Base Waterkloof in the city of Tshwane from 21-25 September 2022.

A media briefing plus a youth development familiarisation to the world of aerospace was held at 28 Squadron “Portamus” (We Carry” home of the Lockheed Martin C130BZ under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Nandi Zama.

The Deputy Chief of the South African Air Force, Major General Innocent Buthelezi welcomed the guests on behalf of the Chief of the South African Air Force, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo and said that he is happy that an event of this magnitude had been dissected, reinvented, finally comes to life.

“When we started there was still so much uncertainty on whether we would be able to host the 11th edition. The pandemic still was at its worst and we watched and waited as we gathered every pronouncement made by the World Health Organisation and our Department of Health.

The Deputy Chief of the SA Air force mentioned that he personally likes the theme of this year’s AAD which is: exploring new paths, sharing solutions and showcasing innovation and capabilities.

“For the first time in the history of AAD, we have secured the express permission for the presence and use of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) or drones during the show. It is evident that the future is upon us and still coming at us at the speed of light. Innovation is coming from young minds, minds that can still dream big.

Invited guests witnessed the signing of agreements between the AAD and the City of Tshwane, Gautrain and the South African Airways, we are assured of the success of AAD2022,” said Major General Buthelezi

The 67 learners from Mshuluzani Mayisela Primary School from bronkhorstspruit and said, “these learners are fresh, impressionable minds, we aim to ignite the spark of aviation in their minds so that they can always remember that they were part of this august moment,” he said

The Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Mr Randal Williams welcomed the AAD team to the City of Tshwane and said, “we are thrilled to be associated with the AAD, what is interesting is that it showcases the latest technological innovations.

Ms Nompaza Ndlovu, the chairperson of AAD said, “this is a new dawn as we slowly recover from the shackles of the pandemic, I am pleased that we are back in action because we will bring all the strategic partners together to realise what we have been looking forward to, the best AAD this year,” she mentioned.

Foreign airforces have been invited to the event with a couple already committing their presence at this year’s AAD.

Obviously we will know closer to the event who’s who that will be at AAD 2022. Ticket sales and vendor applications will also be available in August next month.

Africa Aerospace and Defence Trade exhibition and Airshow will run from 21-25 September 2022.

AAD 2022 Aircraft list

AAD2022

To be populated in September 2022

This is a preliminary list of aircraft to be expected to be seen at Africa Aerospace and Defense 2022.

This is not the final list and is based on speculation
Aircraft can be added or removed or even no-show at all.
For the official aircraft list please
click here

Ticked and Vendor’s information will be available in August

Coming Soon

Aircraft Country of origin Company / Air Force

 

Aero Expo South Africa 2022

Aero Africa was passionately welcomed back to Wonderboom National Airport in the city of Tshwane, South Africa, this past week and adding Saturday for some of the public to attend the now 2nd edition of the general aviation trade show.

This being Africa’s largest general aviation trade show, covers the full spectrum of services and products for the aviation industry. Discover what direction developments in the General Aviation industry are going.

This years expo was a bit smaller as the previous Aero Africa that took place for the first time back in 2019.

Due to the fact that planned returns of the expo were to take place in 2020/2021, got cancelled due to the all now well known covid-pandemic.

As that being said, we can now appreciate the event is back and we and the industry can only grow stronger going forward.

Visitors were welcome to fly-in to AERO South Africa in their own aircraft for the proceedings of each of the three days.

That including free landing, approach and ground handling fees for fly-ins to the event.

Potential buyers had the opportunity to experience aircraft features first hand as aircraft manufacturers and distributors having the opportunity to host demonstration flights during the event.

A workshop area hosted reputable speakers covering relevant topics were available during the course of the days of all different products, companies ect.

Aero South Africa attracts a broad and international exhibitor base with innovative products new to South Africa by incentivising product launches and global imports.

An interactive platform offering exhibitors and visitor the perfect environment to build and foster relationships with current and future business partners.

Features at AERO South Africa 2022

A private workshop area is available to host seminars and talks at AERO South Africa 2022.

As well as a medium size static park with a number of fixed wing and rotary aircraft on display.

Some of the big aviation companies that were exhibiting such as Absolute Aviation, National Airways Corporation, Cirrus South Africa, Airbus Helicopters, Excujet, DJA Aviation, Flight Schools, Air Ambulances just to name a few.

The airport itself was still busy with charter flights, flight training schools, test flights from the airports local maintenance facilities.

This made up for some as many of the general public thought the event was an airshow but in fact and expo.

William Reaches his dreams in the SAAF

Second Lieutenant William Bradley Naidoo of the South African Air Force. Is one of sixteen of the SAAF’s Latest Qualified Military Aviator’s of Pilot Wings Course 128.

After going for the SAAFs Pilot/Navigator Selection in 2009. He found himself unsuccessful due to his weight. He was disappointed but nevertheless he always wanted to serve his country as a solider.

He joined as a Technician (Aircraft Mechanic). Did his apprenticeship at 68 Air School and then transferred to Airforce Base Durban ( 15 Squadron ). Qualified as an Aircraft mechanic on the Oryx Helicopter and then immediately moved over to the Agusta A109LUH.

Most recently he became an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) on the Agusta A109 William then headed for the Flight engineer selections. While he was successful there, the dream of being an Airforce pilot never left his thoughts.

Mid-way through the Flight engineer course he made Pilot Selections. There was many frustrations along the way, stop starts,covid -19, etc, but this was that highest level of serving his country that he always dreamed of, “He was never going to let go” and become a military aviator!

The highlights on Pilots Wings Course 128 would definitely be going solo on the Pilatus PC-7 MKll. “My first IF (instrument) landing at Airforce Base Overberg and the Navigation Sortie to Uptington.”

It’s the cross county landings that show you, how much you have grown and what you have become.”

This is his 13th year serving the Republic of South Africa as a Soldier and the first time as an Air Force pilot for my country. He feels really proud to wear this specific wings over my heart, and he is very grateful to The Lord Jesus Christ for this moment and to his family, fiancé and friends who guided him in prayer every step of the way.

“A huge thanks also to a few Hero’s in my journey. My Flight Commander Major L.P Malokane, Major P Moodley, Major M Maal,Major C.R Mnise and Major A.K Maleka”.

” I’m thankful to Major D.L Jacobs,for the over and above instruction, time, sacrifice and effort in getting me to the point of receiving my Air Force wings”.

“Truly I am immensely grateful and appreciate everyone for the love, support and prayers to help me achieve my dream.”

Pilots Wings Course 128
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