IT’S been a long time coming but now Tamworth’s very own air show is about to land.
Originally thought of two years ago with the organisation beginning a year later, the inaugural show had grown beyond all expectations to three days, Tamworth Aero Club treasurer James Hollinworth said.
“It sort of grew: it was supposed to be a little thing,” he said.
The aero club felt it was about time our city lauded its great aviation history and the October 18,19 and 20 event is the result.
“We’ve got a really rich aviation history locally and we feel it’s not really well known,” Mr Hollinworth said.
The first of the three days would focus on showing 80 school students from around the region available aviation career opportunities.
The students will attend free workshops and presentations around Tamworth Airport by organisations such as QantasLink Heavy Engineering, AviSkills (TAFE New England), CFI Macquarie Pilot Centre, Sigma Aerospace, Tamworth Aero Club Flight Training and Defence Force Recruiting.
“It’s a unique opportunity to get up close to aircraft, talk to the industry and understand what it takes to start a career,” Mr Hollinworth said.
Also on the Friday at 1.30pm, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will bring one of the largest aircraft able to land at Tamworth, an E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft, for a flying display.
On the Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 9.30am.
There’ll be static displays and David Salter will fly from Walcha in the nation’s oldest registered flying aircraft, a de Havilland Gypsy Moth biplane built in 1925.
The event’s major sponsor is North West Aviation Fuels, the distributor for Shell Aviation in the North West.
North West Aviation Fuels co-director Sharon Roberts said they were happy to support the event.
“Shell has been servicing Tamworth and the surrounding districts since the late 1940s, so when this was mentioned to us, we approached Shell,” Mrs Roberts said.
She said a lot of people didn’t really know the training services on offer at the airport, such as aviation engineering through AviSkills and the fact the defence force used the facility. The event “showcases what Tamworth has – it’s got a lot to offer”, she said.
Go to the website www.tamworth festivalofflight.com.au for more details.