Those men in their magnificent flying machines will again take to the skies on Friday, 16 June, in what is anticipated to be the most exciting air show ever held in Mbombela (Nelspruit).
Highlights of the 2017 Kishugu Lowveld Air Show will include never before seen aerobatics, thanks to the Flying Lions Aerobatic Team; a rare appearance by the SAAF Silver Falcons; a Working on Fire (WOF) wildfire firefighting march; and an exhibition of wildfire firefighting aircraft, including Hueys (The Bell UH-1H) helicopters and water bombers (AT 802).
“There will also be a special tribute to Kishugu Aviation and the WOF wildfire firefighting teams that took part in the massive campaign to quell the wildfire in Knysna on the Garden Route,” said Trevor Wilson, Air Show Director.
“This will be the best air show ever in the region,” said Trevor Wilson. ” We anticipate a full day of excitement and fun for the whole family.”
Spectators will be thrilled to experience flight “first hand” though the eyes of a pilot, thanks to state of the art onboard cameras that will project a cockpit view directly onto spectators’ smart phones.
The day’s events “take off” at 10:00. Gates to the show area will be open from 08:00 to allow early access to people who want to get the “best seats in the house”.
Adult tickets (R120 per person) and tickets for scholars (R60) will be on sale at the gate on the day of the air show. Not only is parking included in the ticket price, but preschool children can enjoy free admission to the day’s events.
The Kishugu Lowveld Air Show’s Cadet and Youth Day Programme took place on Thursday, 15 June. The programme, was aimed at pupils who have a keen interest in a career in the aviation industry. The programme, as in previous years, attracted numerous enthusiastic scholars from the Lowveld community.
“It is a privilege to be able to provide a platform for our youngsters to engage with the aviation sector. It creates an attraction to aviation as a career and encourages youngsters to strive to increase their knowledge of Mathematics, Science and Technology,” said Johan Heine, Chairman of the Lowveld Air Show.
“The investment we make in our youth, by exposing them to the world of aviation, is invaluable. It is an investment to the future of aviation in South Africa,” said Heine.