July 28, 2023

Australian International Airshow organiser AMDA Foundation Limited has become the new operator of the Wings Over Illawarra Airshow from 2024, after signing a 10-year licence agreement with Shellharbour City Council.

Retaining the Shellharbour Airport location south of Wollongong in New South Wales, AMDA Foundation will rename the event Airshows Downunder Shellharbour and present a three-day airshow every two years, with the first event to take place 1-3 March, 2024.

In keeping with its mission to promote Australian aviation and industry, AMDA will expand the event for the general public and develop greater industry involvement.

“Wings Over Illawarra has built an excellent reputation as an event for the general aviation and light sport aviation community in Australia,” said AMDA Foundation CEO Justin Giddings.

“It has an exciting airshow covering the breadth of vintage, warbird and modern aviation and a highly regarded careers and skills day to help attract the next generation. It also provides an important means of promoting general aviation to the general public.

“AMDA Foundation intends to build on that and create an event that promotes the Australian general aviation industry, while providing an exciting airshow for all the family.”

Wings Over Illawarra founder Mark Bright said AMDA Foundation’s resources and expertise would help the event achieve his original vision.

“Wings Over Illawarra was created to give the general public a great airshow and help promote affordable recreational aviation in Australia,” he said.

“AMDA Foundation’s great experience and resources will take the airshow to the next level. Their experience in operating major events such as the Australian International Airshow will help the airshow grow and increase its ability to promote aviation in Australia.”

Shellharbour City Council CEO Mike Archer said Council was thrilled to partner with AMDA.
“AMDA’s expertise and experience in the aviation industry will help transform the city’s airshow into a nationally and internationally significant aviation event,” Mr Archer said.

“This is an exciting opportunity to bring even more people to Shellharbour City, further cementing our local government area as a top tourism destination.”

For media enquiries:
Philip Smart
Industry Marketing and Communications Manager
AMDA Foundation

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