Guest Contributor | Jul 24, 2020 | 0
Trustco airshow flies high
The show takes place on 01 August at Hosea Kutako International Airport 50 km outside Windhoek. The airshow is sponsored by Trustco, a company that operates its own airwing.
Following the big success of the Botswana Airshow last year where the President, Lieutenant General Ian Khama himself piloted a military transporter, local aviators realised a Namibian airshow promises similar success.
As the Air Show is taking place at an International Airport, security screening and access control will be slightly stricter compared to shows at private airfields. Chairs, umbrellas, cool boxes, similar camping equipment, glass bottles, knives, weapons or any other sharp or potentially dangerous items will not be permitted. Ample seating, shade and refreshments will however be available for spectators. Visitors are therefore urged to limit their carry-on items to personal effects only like hats, cameras, cellphones, wallets and sunglasses according to Reinhard Gärtner, President of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.
As can be expected, traffic on the road to the airport will be extremely heavy throughout the day. To reduce the traffic pressure, negotiations are underway regarding alternative means of transport for spectators between the City of Windhoek and Hosea Kutako International Airport on 01 August Gärtner explained. “It is envisaged that the alternative transport methods will alleviate time for Airshow attendees as opposed to travelling by car.”
For those who choose to drive to the airport by their own transport, he said “Free and open parking spaces as well as allocated paid and pre-booked parking will be available on the eastern side of the airport. Proceedings at the airshow will be kept strictly separate from the normal operations of the airport so as not to interfere with the day-to-day activities of scheduled airline travel,” he assured.
Apart from a full programme of aerial acrobatics entertainment, spectators will also have the opportunity to see and visit a variety of static displays on the ground, according to Gärtner. A range of aircraft, aviation products, information booths of various aviation authorities, charter companies and their services will be showcased.
Visitors flying in for the Airshow via South Africa are reminded of the supplementary return SAA flight on 01 August 2015 from Johannesburg to Windhoek. Seats for these flights can now be booked online or at travel shops. The flight details are:
SA3068 DEP JNB 07:30 ARR WDH 08h35 (05:30Z – 07:35Z)
SA3069 DEP WDH 17:00 ARR JNB 19h50 (16:00Z – 17:50Z)