Thinking of flying in to Aviatex?
We are currently in the process of seeking approval from Shellharbour City Council to allow underwing camping for those flying in to the event.
As soon as approval has been granted it will be announced.
It is planned that there will be 2 large areas available for visiting aircraft parking for pilots wishing to attend Aviatex and/or Wings Over Illawarra by flying in.
These will be the grassed grass area South East of the runway intersection, and the paddock South West of the runway intersection (subject to above approvals being granted).
Unfortunately there will be no hardstand parking available as all hard stand areas allocated to the event will be required for display aircraft and event exhibits.
Providing council approval is granted both underwing camping areas will include toilet and shower blocks and will have a shuttle bus running between the 2 areas.
While the aircraft parking areas are of considerable size, they may fill, so please be mindful of this when parking your aircraft and try not to leave large areas between aircraft. Event staff will be in attendance to assist pilots and direct aircraft in order to make the best use of the space available. Once you have shut down and exited the aircraft please make your way to the event entry gate at the most eastern point of the aircraft parking area.
Admission tickets for the Friday trade day can be pre-purchased through this website or purchased on the day at the event.
Access to Aviatex Aviation Trade Show during the airshow days of Saturday and Sunday is included in the airshow entrance ticket. Tickets to the Wings Over Illawarra airshow are also available in advance from the Wings Over Illawarra website and will also be available at the gate on the day.
For those planning on flying in during the airshow days of Saturday and Sunday, plan to arrive before 10:15 on Saturday and 09:15 on Sunday as YWOL will be closed for the display at 11:00 Saturday and 10:00 Sunday. Any aircraft arriving after 10:45 Saturday and 09:45 Sunday may be turned away.
If approved, the western aircraft parking area will remain airside and access to this area will not be possible during the airshow display times. Please ensure that once parked you take all your belongings with you as you will not be able to access your aircraft until the display concludes.
Planned air display times are as follows
Saturday 1130 - 1630
Sunday 1030 - 1530
A point to note for pilots planning on flying in over the weekend is the Saturday display will be starting and finishing approximately 1 hour later than the Sunday display, this may cause some last light issues for those planning on departing following the display on Saturday. Please bear this in mind when planning your trip.
Pilots wishing to attend both days are welcome to fly in Saturday and fly out Sunday, and while there is overnight accommodation in the area, unfortunately there is no accommodation at the airport itself. Shellharbour City Council does not allow underwing camping at the Illawarra Regional Airport.