Durban Airshow offers different kind of ride

2013-07-12 00:00

VISITORS to the Durban Airshow are in for a ride of a different kind altogether.

Up for grabs tomorrow at the Virginia Airport is an R800 000 aircraft and full pilot’s licence course, the event organisers said yesterday. The winner will be decided by lucky draw.

According to the veteran airshow commentator and KZN Winter Air Tour organiser Brian Emmenis, there are also going to be no fewer than three world champions flying, as well as the only South African ever to fly a display at Oshkosh in the U.S.

The Boeing 737-200 will no longer be flying at this year’s Durban Airshow due to unforeseen circumstances; however, KZN Winter Air Tour Organisers have replaced it with an exciting new addition — the CRJ provided by SA Express.

If the prospect of a race between a Mini Cooper and a plane is not enough to get the blood racing, the organisers promise to provide visitors with six hours of continuous aviation excellence. And all the acts are original and there will be no repeats during the run of the show, says Melanie Rosettenstein, events promoter.

The Durban Airshow was preceded by six other airshows held throughout KwaZulu-Natal as part of the KZN Winter Air Tour.

The whole family is provided for and there are a variety of events on the day.

Justin Scott, Durban Airshow landside director, said the organisers have re-established the show with many new aircraft and other exciting attractions.

Among the new additions to this year’s show include a hovercraft display, two cherry pickers and an all new air park where some of the country’s finest aircraft will be on display for the public to view and interact with aviation operators.

The hovercraft, which can move on land, ice, mud and water, and is a favourite with the kids, will be displayed at the show.

The cherry pickers, hydraulic cranes with a railed platform at the end for raising and lowering people, will give people selected from the crowd a bird’s-eye view of some of the airshow displays.

Also making an appearance will be two business jets from Shelton Aviation (an Eclipse personal jet and a Kodiac).

The jets will do a display while a Piper Mirage will be on static display at the air park. A Beechcraft C90 with Blackhawk conversion will also feature.

A big screen will showcase footage through Drift action cameras, including pilot interviews and replays of exciting action.

During lunch, people will have the opportunity to meet the pilots and view their planes.

Tickets are R100 (kids under 12 pay R50). Also available are tickets for R250 (family of four) and R290 (family of five).

Family packages will only be available online and pre-booked.

Tickets are available at www.kznwinter or can be purchased at the entrance.

For more information, e-mail or visit ww.kznwinter

— Witness Reporter.

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