Thursday, 23 August 2012

Africa Aerospace and Defence returns to the City of Tshwane

23rd August 2012, South Africa - The City of Tshwane will see the return of Africa’s largest exhibition of air, sea and land capability at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012 (AAD2012) at AFB Waterkloof. The exhibition previously held at AFB Ysterplaat, Cape Town in 2006, 2008 and 2010, returns to AFB Waterkloof after extensive renovations and upgrades at the base.

From 19 to 21 September 2012, trade and static displays will attract trade visitors from more than 28 countries, followed by an Air Show on 22 and 23 September 2012 that will be open to members of the public. It’s expected that the open days will attract a crowd of over 50,000 per day.

The trade days will feature 12 National Pavilions from India, Russia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Belgium, China, USA, UK, Romania, Pakistan and Brazil and are expected to stimulate business for local and international companies involved in the growing defence, general aviation and security industries. AAD2012 opens doors for local manufacturers and the huge amount of interest from the international defence and aerospace industry creates opportunities to exploit emerging markets in the Southern African region as well as the continent as a whole.

For the public, the allure of the show will be in the form of breath-taking aerobatic displays on the weekend. There will also be lots of entertainment for the whole family, including static displays of aircraft, trucks and armoured vehicles and an entertainment park for children. Apart from the air show, the open days will also feature vehicle demonstrations and plenty of interesting exhibitions.

There will also be a youth development programme, where youngsters (learners and students) can experience the world of flight simulators, vehicle simulators and model building. Industry representatives will be on hand to provide more information about careers in the aerospace and defence industries.

The City of Tshwane and AAD2012 are working closely with Tshwane City Metro Police, Emergency Services, the SAPS, fire and rescue services and Disaster Management to manage thousands of people expected to attend the AAD2012 Air show on the public days of 22 and 23 September 2012.

Tickets to the event cost R50 for adults and R40 for pensioners and children, and visitors will benefit from a R10 discount per ticket if they buy them beforehand through Computicket. There will be extensive free parking facilities in and around the base, but visitors are encouraged to make use of the Gautrain and ‘park and ride’ facilities.

There will be a wide range of refreshments on sale at the exhibition, including a beer garden. Visitors are encouraged to visit for more information.

Dates to remember:
TRADE DAYS: Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st September 2012
PUBLIC DAYS: Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd September 2012

 About Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD)

Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012 (AAD2012) is one of the world´s premier aerospace and defence events and holds a prominent position within the aviation and defence calendar. The exhibition takes place on a biennial basis in September. The first three days of the exhibition are traditionally trade days, followed by two Air Show days that are open to the public.

Proudly hosted in the City of Tshwane, the seventh instalment of AAD will take place at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion, City of Tshwane, South Africa from 19 to 23 September 2012, and will once again bring together worldwide industry players to showcase the latest technological innovations.

AAD is the largest exhibition of air, sea and land capabilities on the African continent, is jointly hosted and presented by the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA), the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association of South Africa (AMD) and the Armament Corporation of South Africa (Amscor). Substantial support is also received from National Government and the cooperation of the Department of Defence as well as the Department of Trade and Industry is crucial for its success. For more information, visit


Issued by:
Ms Vhongani Shumba - AAD2012: Manager: Marketing and PR
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