Air Show Cancelled
much deliberation, the Aero Club of East Africa cancelled
the air show that was planned for Sunday, 2 October 2005,
at Wilson Airport. Events were to include skydiving displays,
joy rides for children, fly-pasts by selected aircraft from
the Wilson fleet, cargo drops, glider aerobatics, agricultural
spraying displays and more. The highlights of the Show were
to be the fly-pasts by the F 5's of the Kenya Air Force and
the Hughes 500 helicopters of the Kenya Army, as well as demonstrations
by the Kenya Army Parachute Team, "The Green Eagles".
Sadly, the Air Show Committee crunched some numbers and found
that one month before the show, there was simply not enough
sponsorship money in the kitty to hold a credible show. Even
with a subsidy from the Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Shell,
the aero Club and several others, the numbers did not add
up and the financial risk to the organizer was unacceptable.
Moreover, there were no readily available aircraft for the
ever popular joy rides and traditional fly-pasts. Many companies
intimated that they were simply "too busy" to participate
in the show.
The Aero Club will now begin its search for sponsors and participants
for an Air Show in September or October 2006. Any inconvenience
to those who were enthusiastic about an Air Show in 2005 is
As you know, this
year’s Airshow takes place at Wilson on the 2nd October.
It will feature the usual array of local pilots, local aircraft
as well as the Kenya Air Force who have promised to increase
their participation from last year.
Last year just under
10,000 men, women and children attended the Show and the
event was a tremendous success. As a stakeholder in the
aviation industry I appeal to you or your company to become
involved in sponsoring this year’s event.
While there are a
number of larger investment categories, I would ask you
to consider one of the following less expensived categories:
Events like the Airshow
are a wonderful opportunity to hold a lunch party! However,
instead of organising entertainment, it’s provided!
is extremely popular and is a valuable way of entertaining
corporate contacts or rewarding staff for a ‘job well done.’
You can be sure that your guests will always remember the
association between exhilarating Airshow entertainment and
At the Airshow, we
provide a unit measuring 30 feet x 30 feet and a marquee,
tables and chairs and a limited power supply as well as
complementary tickets, of course. You are responsible for
organising your food and beverage.
The hospitality area
is in a secure and exclusive location in front of the generator
house adjacent to the ACEA. The
organisers charge a fee of Kshs 120,000/-.
Last year we produced
6000 full colour A5 magazines (24 pages) for the Airshow.
The magazine included aircraft information, stakeholder
editorial and other aviation industry information.
The magazines are
given out free at the Show. The cost of a full page advertisement
in the magazine is 40,000/- with a half page at 24,000/-.
In 2004 the Airshow
had a Trade Show area as well as a general merchandising
and promotional area within the spectator
We hope you will consider
taking up a unit for the day. So far we have had very little
interest in the Trade Show; so any trade stalls will be
located in the public spectator area. The
cost of a stall will be 30,000/- and a 20 x 20 feet marquee
will be provided along with the appropriate number of tables
Please help us to
provide the Kenyan public a terrific day out. It is in
everybody’s interest to bring aviation to the public. The
Aero Club will organize the show, but we need your support.
If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact
me, the ACEA office, or Neil Mackenzie who is the event
manager on 2717748/49/50