September 16, 2008

Aviation Expo to Line Up Luxury Jets for Sale

By TIFFANY, Martin

Luxury jets will line up at Hamilton International Airport next month as an aviation expo promises to bring some wings over the Waikato.

Avex, the New Zealand National Aviation Expo, this week unveiled some of the attractions at the industry trade expo.

The event, to be held at Mystery Creek on October 9-11, will feature commercial, private and military aircraft and will showcase aviation technology, engineering, products and services.

Among the attractions at the inaugural event will be luxury jets which will fly in from around the country and overseas.

They will line up along the apron at the airport to allow interested buyers to kick the tyres.

Part of the outdoor exhibition will include a park and display area where owners of private helicopters can fly in and out.

Avex chairman Wayne Green said this first event, of what will be a biennial expo, would have a Waikato aviation theme and had the support of the aviation cluster from around the airport.

Mr Green said Mystery Creek was the ideal venue as it offered both indoor and outdoor display options and was close to Hamilton Airport.

He stressed that the event was not an airshow, although "live capability displays" or demonstrations were planned and the location of the event allowed for the presentation of new aircraft.

The event is aimed at the industry but the public is welcome. Admission is free.

Avex has had to tiptoe around the failed Wings and Wheels Over Waikato airshow which was to have been held at Hamilton airport in March and had limited what the expo can do at the airport because of a contract signed between the organiser of the failed airshow and the airport authority.

Net Work


(c) 2008 Waikato Times. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.