Andrew Gees is the new airshow event manager and is looking forward to the challenge ahead in August 2011. Photo: MAX FLEET fly1602b
Andrew Gees is the new airshow event manager and is looking forward to the challenge ahead in August 2011. Photo: MAX FLEET fly1602b

Sky's the limit as airshow revs up

THE Bundaberg International Airshow is aiming for the stratosphere in 2011 after the event almost broke even for the first time last year.

New event manager Andrew Gees said organisers were just starting to gear up for next year.

“The big thing is to get funding from the state government,” Mr Gees said.

“It costs about $2 million to run but just from those three days last year it generated 7.5 full-time jobs in the Bundaberg district.”

Mr Gees said organisers hoped the state government would see the importance of supporting an event that brought 22,000 visitors to Bundaberg last year.

“All we can do is go to Brisbane and talk to them,” he said.

Mr Gees said the event’s main sponsor was Wide Bay Australia, but the Bundaberg Regional Council contributed too, mostly in-kind.

He said an important part of the airshow was the trade show, which attracted buyers and sellers in the aviation field to Bundaberg.

“People love to watch the aircraft, but we’re trying to build the trade show section,” he said.

“The airshow runs for three days, but the Friday is dedicated to trade and there is very little flying done.”

Mr Gees said the event was the largest general aviation airshow in Australia, and was starting to attract attention overseas.

“Last year there was an article in a German aviation magazine, and we’ve had a couple of stories in the UK too,” he said.



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