With only two weeks until the Goodyear Eagles Pitts, the Mazda Zoom Zoom Team, Nigel Hopkins in the MX2 and many more impressive aircraft take off at Newcastle airport on June 1st for the first of a series of airshows, visitors can look forward to more fast jets, awesome aerobatics and stunning warplanes at this year's shows. "There will be a greater quantity of business jets and aircraft. We want to show visitors the beauty and splendour of a sleek, fast jet liner," said John Neilon, event organiser and airside director of the KZN Winter Air Tour.
Last year's KZN Winter Air Tour drew tens of thousands of visitors across the province to the airshows in Newcastle, Ulundi, Richards Bay, Pietermaritzburg, Margate and Durban. But, new to this year's line-up is Mkuze, who will host its first airshow this year and entrance will be free to those who arrive on the day.
"We want to get the youth interested in aviation and hopefully by seeing some of the country's best pilots in action, it will trigger an interest in pursuing a career in aviation," said Dr Clive Coetzee, the KZN Treasury's general manager of Infrastructure Management and Economic Services.
Newcastle will start off this year's KZN Winter Air Tour on Saturday, June 1st, with Mkuze following on June 8, Ulundi on June 15, Richards Bay taking place on June 22 and Pietermaritzburg on June 29. During July, Margate will host its airshow on July 6 and the much-anticipated Durban airshow will close this year's air tour on July 13.