The annual SAAF Museum Air Show has been scheduled and has been approved to take place on 9 May 2015. This Air Show has proved to be a favourite on the annual Air Show calendar and has been awarded the Best South African Air Show for 2011, 2012 and third position in 2013, 2014 by the Aero Club of South Africa. The Air Show is known to attract up to 35 000 spectators and is a not to miss event for aviation enthusiasts. We present a family atmosphere and costs are therefore kept affordable to promote attendance. The Museum Air Show remains the favoured event to attend and we are fortunate that most of the pilots and local airlines that participate in the annual Air Show attend and display their aircraft at no cost to the Museum. We have a strong contingent of present serving SAAF aircraft featuring in our Air Show programme.
The Museum is also using this opportunity to celebrate noteworthy achievements. 95 Years of Aviation Excellence, the SAAF’s 95th birthday. 80 years of the Dakota in service of the SAAF. 75 years of the Harvard in service of the SAAF and with that the 25th anniversary of the Harvard Club of South Africa.
The annual Air Show is also used to generate much needed funding for the continued restoration, preservation and display of our unique military aviation heritage. We are the second oldest Air Force in the world and our rich heritage needs to be secured for future generations. Presently we receive two to three visits per week from various schools and these visits contribute directly to an increase in aviation awareness and ultimately to aviation in South Africa. The SAAF is proud of being able to maintain this unique facility. We host flying days on the first Saturday of each month and welcome the general public to attend these flying days.
Getting back to the 2014 Air Show, we have decided on a theme, “95 Years of Aviation Excellence”. This theme links directly to the dedicated personnel who have served the Museum for the past 41 years and have made this unique facility available to create aviation awareness, especially amongst the youth. Important to note is that the Museum has been fortunate in the past to host extremely safe shows. Safety aspects are critical in our planning and this planning is executed as a military operation and includes a very efficient safety network. This network features both military and civilian safety and security organizations that are deployed to ensure that visitors to the show are well protected.
Our May Air Show promises to once again include non-stop, exhilarating, flying action. We will also have the Army Engineer Formation that is well known in providing great pyrotechnic displays at our Air Show. A Defence Force capability demonstration (SA Army Armour Formation display and SAMHS capability display) will again feature prominently. Information relating to aircraft participation will be made known in the local press and on this website.
Secure parking will be made available at the old SAAF Gymnasium right opposite the Zwartkop Air Force Base. This parking will include a small fee and would be payable at the north and eastern entrance to the old SAAF Gymnasium. VIP Parking will be discussed with clients and sponsors making use of the VIP tents for the show day. All other parking surrounding the base will be patrolled by security personnel.
Marketing. Main sponsors of the event will be entitled to market their respective companies by displaying banners etc. All main sponsors will feature on the Air Show banners, leaflets and posters. The main sponsor (sponsor awarded naming rights to the show) with other senior sponsors will be included in all marketing related activities, this will include media releases and reports in all major local newspapers, flight magazines such as Air News, African Pilot and SA Flyer as well as international aviation magazines. A campaign will be launched in April to promote online ticket sales as well as promote flights through Mango to the Air Show. The campaign will be The Air Show organisers are again working at providing television coverage, radio station coverage and internet social media marketing. We are also in the process of building ties with the City of Tshwane in order to provide marketing and advertising opportunities to local ratepayers. Upon conclusion of the Air Show we intend making an Air Show DVD available that will feature all sponsors and be marketed countrywide.
Media. Our photography/media partner for this event will be Nikon.
Social Responsibility. As with previous Air Shows we will again be involved with our social responsibility programmes, these will include Curamus ,Solidarity and Just Love Mission (Little Annie - AN2). A lost kid’s facility will be established to ensure proper control during the two day event. Mango Airlines will be supporting the SAAF Museum Air Show with a Mango Career Day on Friday the 9th of May.
A children’s playpark will also be established that will include safe general entertainment. This has also proved very successful in previous Air Shows.
Time Aviation, with well known Air Show announcer Eon de Vos, will be providing top class commentary during the event.
Gate fees for the Air Show is set at R50 per person over the age of 12 years. Children under the age of 12 will be allowed free entrance as part of our youth programme.
We also request that the information on this letter be shared amongst members of the aviation fraternity in order to make this Air Show a successful venture. The success of this annual Air Show contributes directly to the preservation of our aviation heritage. Your support will ensure that we may continue improving and marketing the SAAF Museum.