Royal Australian Airforce to celebrate 100 years in 2021

AMDA Foundation Limited announced that, due to the effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 2021) would be deferred from its original February dates to November 2021, with precise dates to be advised shortly. Following extensive assessment and consultation, the new dates for AVALON 2021 have now been determined.

AVALON 2021 will be held from Tuesday 23 November to Sunday 28 November, 2021.

RAAF C17 Globemaster

Like all responsible organisations, AMDA Foundation has monitored the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic from its inception. After extensive consultation and review, it became clear that the impacts of COVID-19, including lengthy logistical lead times and uncertainty about availability of international travel, would pose unacceptable risks to AVALON 2021, should it continue within its original February timeframe.

RAAF C27J Spartan

This deferral will provide certainty for partners, stakeholders, exhibitors and participants. It will also enable industry to focus on managing through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, knowing that AVALON 2021 in a 23-28 November timing will confidently contribute to the regeneration of business development.


As the centrepiece of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Centenary celebrations, AVALON 2021 will have great national and international significance. Deferring AVALON 2021 to November will ensure the event serves its purpose as a powerful promotional and industry engagement forum on the way to business recovery and as a spectacular celebration of 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Strongly supported by the Royal Australian Air Force, the biennial Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON) is Australia’s own signature international aviation, aerospace and defence event. Organised by AMDA Foundation Limited, it is a premium international platform for engagement between industry, defence, government and academia.

As one of the world’s great air shows, AVALON is a hallmark international major event for the State of Victoria and the City of the Geelong. It is the most spectacular and the most comprehensive aviation, aerospace and defence event in the Indo Asia Pacific region. Uniquely, AVALON is Australia’s largest combined business exposition and public entertainment spectacular – it takes Australia to the World by bringing the World to Australia!

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, all three major international defence-related events conducted by AMDA, with support from the Australian Defence Force, have been rescheduled in the national interest. LAND FORCES has been deferred to 1-3 June 2021, and the INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition (formerly PACIFIC) has been deferred to May 2022. Thank you for your patience as we worked through these changes.

Join us from 23 to 28 November next year at AVALON 2021, where a century of distinguished service by the Royal Australian Air Force will be the theme, and the focus for the world’s aviation, aerospace and defence industries will be on promoting business for the future.

Ian Honnery
Chief Executive
AMDA Foundation Limited

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