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The 2009 Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition is held over six days at Avalon Airport, Geelong, Victoria from Tuesday 10 March to Sunday 15 March in conjunction with the Australian International Airshow 2009.

The Exposition will be a major showcase of aviation, aerospace and defence technology.

The first four days, Tuesday to Thursday (9am-5pm) and Friday (9am-2pm) will be industry-only trade sessions. The event is open to the public on Friday afternoon (from 2pm) and Saturday and Sunday (8am-6pm).

All aspects of civil aviation from airlines and airports to regional corporate and general aviation will be on display. The Exposition will also feature a major international exhibition of military aviation, aerospace and defence technology and equipment, incorporating LanDef 2009, it will in addition include displays of ground-warfare technology and land-based defence systems.

In 2007, the event featured 611 participating exhibitor companies from 20 nations and 457 aircraft on display. It attracted 63 overseas government, industry and defence delegations and senior air force officers from around the world.

A series of major aviation, aerospace and defence conferences are planned to be held in conjunction with the Exposition. Details of these conferences can be found here.

As part of the Australian International Airshow, flying demonstrations for industry and trade visitors are performed each afternoon of the industry-only trade sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after 2.30pm.

The Airshow (being held in conjunction with the Exposition) will be open to the public on Friday afternoon from 2pm, with a flying display commencing at 3pm and culminating in a “night finale”. The main flying displays will be at the weekend when the Airshow will also be open to the public both Saturday and Sunday from 8am-6pm each day. On the weekend, the flying displays will feature non-stop aerial action from 10am-4pm daily.

Several industry forums will be conducted on-site at Avalon during the industry-only trade sessions, without charge to trade visitors at the event.

Admission to these on-site forums at Avalon is free to trade visitors.

Further information will be available in late 2008.

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