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2020 Events Calendar

2020 Events Calendar

2020 Events Calendar

Throughout the year the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia will participate in a range of Aero Club open days, events and airshows across Australia. This is by no means an exhaustive list of airshows and events; if you’re interested in listing your event, please contact us via the form below.

 


January

 


Evans Head 10 – 12 January

 

Evans Head, NSW.  This year celebrating the 80th Anniversary of RAAF Station Evans Head 1940 – 1945, the largest Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) Base in Australia and all things aviation. If you fly it, come for a great weekend of flying fun, underwing camping, relaxed atmosphere, shuttle bus to town, static displays, joy flights, air displays, aviation museum, markets, vintage cars great food, coffee and time to catch up with other pilots.For more information click here

 


The Vale Australia Day fly-in 26 January

 

Fly or drive in and join us at this spectacular airstrip located at the base of Mt Roland in North West Tasmania. A live band, games and auctions for charity.

Accommodation is available in Sheffield, the Mural Capital of Australia. Transport can be arranged. Please advise in your RSVP.

AOPA attended this event, for the full story click here

 


 

February

 


Rotary Club of Georgetown Wings and Things Family Fun Day February 23

 

The Rotary Club of George Town will be holding its annual Wings and Things Family Fun Day on Feb 23. Displays will include:

  • Veteran and Vintage Cars
  • Street Cars
  • Hot Rods
  • Veteran and Vintage Motorbikes
  • Aircraft (with flights available)
  • Machinery
  • Tractors

Along with fun activities for children, live music, food, drinks, ice-creams and tasty treats. For more info click here.


 

March

 


 

Clifton Fly-in March 8

 

Lone Eagle Flying School’s annual fly-in at Clifton Airfield in Queensland will again incorporate International Women In Aviation Week. This has become an iconic event in the region and is the premier attraction for all types of aviation in southern Queensland. See various types, shapes, sizes and models of recreational, ultralight and home-built aircraft including sport, vintage, general aviation and any other flying machine. Come late pm Saturday for dinner, drinks and hangar talk. Fly or drive in, see ERSA. On field camping, bring your swag or caravan. Advise for catering.

For more information, Trevor Bange 0429 378 370 or admin@loneeagleflyingschool.org.au

 


 

Tyabb Airshow March 8

 

Victoria’s Peninsula Aero Club has a proud tradition of supporting local community service clubs from the proceeds of its airshows. The 2020 airshow will be no different. The club will also be supporting the Tyabb CFA, a vital service, the Mt Eliza Lions Club which exists to support the community through a variety of initiatives and the Tyabb Football & Cricket Clubs.Arrivals should follow Tyabb’s normal circuit (ie all circuits to the east. Look to the ERSA and note our noise abatement procedures). Note that there may be display aircraft practicing to the west of the field on Saturday and normal circuit training traffic to the east. If it is necessary to join upwind, please do so along the centre-line of runway 17/35.

For more information click here

 


 

Aircraft Showcase, Temora March 21

CANCELLED

 

The Temora Aviation Museum’s March 2020 Aircraft Showcase event on Saturday 21st March will feature all serviceable aircraft from the Temora Aviation Museum’s collection, which includes the Supermarine Spitfires, CA-13 Boomerang, Cessna O-2A, Gloster Meteor, Lockheed Hudson, Wirraway, Tiger Moth and Ryan STM S2.

At Temora you can get closer to the action as you witness a themed selection of Australia’s ex-military flying history come alive.

Aircraft Showcase promises to deliver a full day of entertainment for all generations, including:

  • Flying displays demonstrating the aircraft’s capabilities
  • Informative commentary and music
  • Guided tour of static exhibitions
  • Interviews with pilots and veterans
  • Children’s activities and playground
  • Engineering workshop tour
  • Pilot meet and greet

The Mess Hall serves freshly cooked food and a selection of cold refreshments. Barista coffee is also available and you are welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy in our shaded seating or grassed areas.

 


Serpentine Air Race

POSTPONED TO 27TH SEPTEMBER

 


Aviation Historical Society of Australia – Darwin to Adelaide flight, March 8-22

 

Between 8 and 22 March 2020 groups of light, historic and ultralight aircraft will make their way from Darwin to Adelaide. This will celebrate the centenary of the trasncontinental flight by Ross and Keith Smith, James Bennett and Walter Shiers across Australia in 1919-20, in their Vickers Vimy aircraft, 13 December 1919 to 23 March 2020.

A full pilot’s handbook will be issued early February, but any aircraft owners and pilots who are interested in participating are advised to make contact with AHSA as soon as possible. Numbers of participants are limited in some places.

For more info please click here

 


 

 

April

 


Gunnedah Aero Club Fly-in Breakfast April 4

 

Fly- In breakfast $10, all welcome. 8am
Contact Al for catering purposes on 0427 423 331

 


 

LaTrobe Valley Airshow April 5

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

 


 

 

WarBirds Over Wanaka 10-13 April

CANCELLED

 

Celebrate Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 30th anniversary, at Wanaka Airport, New Zealand.

Watch some of the world’s best pilots as they fly historic aircrafts in a stunning display of daring and air-acrobats.

Not one to miss, the airshow will be held during the 2020 Easter weekend in Wanaka. For more info click here

 

 

 


 

Holbrook Easter Fly-in April 11

 

Holbrook Airfield. Holbrook Ultralight Club invites you to fly-in for this unique recreational aviation event. Fly-in to experience, learn and share with forums on Saturday afternoon and an interesting collection of historic aircraft on display. Stay overnight and join us for an enjoyable Fly-in dinner on Saturday evening and Sunday breakfast – all at the airfield. Fly-in trophies will be awarded at the dinner and the after dinner speaker will be Retired RAAF Squadron Leader and test pilot Steve Bekker.

Underwing camping and transport to and from the Holbrook township accommodation will be available. Mogas 98 will be available on the airfield. So check our website for more information, regular updates, forum details and accommodation options – – or call Andrew Vonarx on 0488 579 256

 

 


 

Goolwa Airshow April 26

CANCELLED

 

Hosted by the South Australian Aerobatic Club at the beautiful Goolwa Airport a fun family day full of Aerobatics, Warbirds, skydiving, formation aerobatics, and lots of static displays.

Something for the whole family Adults$25, Kids$10, Family $70 up to 4 kids, Tickets can purchased at the gate or online.

 


 

Wings Wheels & Wine Mudgee April 26

POSTPONED

 

A variety of impressive aircraft will put on a jaw-dropping spectacle in the skies above Mudgee Airport. For the motor enthusiast there will be a display of all types of interesting vehicles – veteran to vintage and classic. For the connoisseurs, local wineries will be participating to give tasting and sales of their fine wines.

For more information, click here

 


 

May

 


Wings Over Illawarra May 2 – 3

POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 7-8

 

 

See jaw-dropping solo and formation aerobatics displays and relive the past with our spectacular display of classic warbirds and amazing vintage aircraft of yesteryear.

Be inspired by the Australian Defence Force as they present the best our country has to offer with loud, fast fighter jets and huge heavy transport aircraft.

Some of Australia’s top formation flying teams will delight and provide you with an unforgettable experience as they perform breath-taking manoeuvres above the beautiful Illawarra.

Immerse yourself in history as you wander through rare displays of vintage and classic aircraft including the fully-restored Super Constellation and record breaking Qantas 747 along with some beautifully restored WW2 fighters.

You won’t want to miss the heart stopping aerial antics of the flying displays, the fantastic static displays, souvenirs and simulators.

But the family fun doesn’t end there! Wings Over Illawarra will include a massive carnival with rides for young and old, all included in the entry ticket price.

There is no better way to spend an unforgettable day with family and friends!!

Gates open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Airshow 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

For more info, click here


Ord Valley Muster, May 16

CANCELLED

 

Join us for the 20th Ord Valley Muster, the Kimberley’s biggest annual festival. Celebrate with 10,000+ locals and visitors to the region enjoying 30 awesome events over 10 days, kicking off with Jon Stevens and Jessica Mauboy at the Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience on Saturday 16 May.


 

June

 


 

Wings and Wheels Open Day June 14

Grafton Aerodrome

 

This is the 8th annual Wings and Wheels Open Day hosted by Grafton Aero Club. It is free for everyone, exhibitors and visitors alike. In 2019 we had around 35 aircraft, hundreds of motor vehicles from vintage, classic, sports, race, touring and custom/rod cars, motorcycles, stationary engines, model aircraft etc and 2-3000 visitors.
Food and drink will be available on site with morning tea consisting of home made cakes savouries etc in the clubhouse and BBQs outside with coffee, cold drinks and icecreams as well. The atmosphere is casual with people able to wander about and get up close to exhibits. Marshals will control engine startups and taxying though for the safety of all.
Donations will go to a local charity, yet to be determined. Last year we raised $1,700.00 for the Oncology Unit of Grafton Base Hospital.

 

July

 


 

The Brisbane Airshow July 4-5 Watts Bridge

 

Whether you are a pilot, aviation enthusiast or a family looking for a day or weekend of outdoor entertainment,The Brisbane Airshow, set in the stunning Somerset region 60 minutes from Brisbane, will create memories that last a lifetime. Dedicated to the men and women who have served in our armed forces.

The show includes Warbirds, World War 2 fighters, Jets, Helicopters, Aerobatic Displays, Skydiving, Military Vehicles Hot Rod Cars, The Somerset Business Expo, Live Music and Gourmet Food and tasty Beverages.

For more info, click here


 

September

 


 

Warbirds Over Scone September 19-20

 

This fantastic, all-ages and all-weather event is being held over two days from Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th September 2020 at Scone and Upper Hunter Airport.

Our local Vintage Fighter Restorations will once again send their impressive array of warbirds soaring over Scone among other iconic fighters, trainers and bombers from across Australia.

The ‘Flight of the Hurricane’ airshow in 2016 saw the recently restored Hawker Hurricane make its debut and astound the crowd with a formation display alongside Temora Aviation Museum’s Mk VIII Spitfire. This brought tears to the eyes of grown men as two of WWII’s most iconic machines took to the skies together for what was likely to be the first time ever in Australia.

For more info, click here

 


 

October

 


AusFly Narromine October 8-10

All Aviators Under One Sky

 

AusFly is a relaxed, traditional Aussie fly-in event where aircraft owners, pilots, builders, industry supporters and enthusiasts come along and soak up the true spirit of Australian general aviation.

AusFly is an annual fly-in event first held in 2011. After a break over 2016 and 2017, AusFly returned as a hit with aviators and the community in 2018. AusFly 2020 will build upon the successes of the 2019 and maintain the traditions of AusFly – All Aviators Under One Sky!

AusFly 2020 will take place on Thursday 8th October through to Saturday 10th October, departing on Sunday 11th October.

There will be aircraft static and flying displays, educational sessions and industry exhibitors. This is the opportunity to get up and close with aircraft, discover an amazing part of Australian aviation history at the Narromine Aviation Museum and simply catch up with fellow aviators and like-minded people.

We encourage all young future aviators to come along and enjoy the thrills of flying with a free joy flight! We also encourage aviators to participate by flying into Narromine Airport. There is plentiful nearby accommodation and the choice of camping under your wing!

AusFly Narromine 2020 is a gold coin donation on entry event for all participants and spectators. There will be food and drinks available to purchase from Narromine Gliding Club and Narromine Aero Club on site.

Whatever you fly, are building, are thinking of building or you are thinking of a career in or just interested in aviation – you are welcome! For more info, visit the website

 

 


 

Warbirds Downunder Airshow October 17-18

 

The Warbirds Downunder Airshow 2020 will be the largest gathering of Warbird Aircraft in Australia.

The event will be two full day airshows. Be enthralled by the amazing displaying and static aircraft. A Premium Pass Area as well as General Admission Tickets means there will be a ticket to suit everyone!

Squadron Tent Barracks, airfield camping and caravan areas, as well as overflow camping and caravan areas will be available, so you can stay close to the action.

Spitfire Mk XVI, Spitfire Mk VIII, Cessna A-37B Dragonfly, Lockheed Hudson, CA-13 Boomerang, DH-82A Tiger Moth, Ryan STM, Ryan PT-22, CA-16 Wirraway, Gloster Meteor, Cessna O-2A, English Electric Canberra, RAAF Sabre, DH-115 Vampire, Hurricane, P-51 Mustangs, P-40 Kittyhawks, Cessna O-1 Birddogs, Winjeels, CT-4s, T-28 Trojans, Southern Knights Aerobatic Team, Harvards, Russian Roolettes, Catalina, Caribou, Yaks, Nanchangs, TBM Grumman Avenger, Boeing Stearmans, Avro Cadet, Austers, Cessna 190, Cessna 195, Twin Pioneer, Bell 47 helicopter, RAAF Roulettes Demonstration Team, RAAF Hawks, RAAF F/A-18 Hornets, RAAF C-17A Globemaster, RAAF C-130J Hercules, and RAAF E-7A Wedgetail.

Visit the website for more information

 


 

 

Would you like AOPA Australia to participate at your next Aero Club event?

If you would like the AOPA Australia to participate and support your local Aero Club event, contact our office on (02) 9791 9099 or complete the request form below:

AOPA Australia | Request to Support Event

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