"Pioneer Team" joins airshow
18 September 2013
The Italian aerobatic team “Pioneer Team” will be joining the 2013 airX Malta International Airshow. This was announced by Mr. Joe Ciliberti, President of the Malta Aviation Society during a press conference held at the Armed Forces of Malta Air Wing at the Malta International Airport.
Mr. Ciliberti said that Pioneer team, will combine aerobatics, music & pyrotechnics and will compliment the main guests of the show, The Royal AF aerobatic team the Red Arrows are expected to attract the masses, will close of both displays on Staurday & Sunday. While pointing out that this years edition will be the 21st, the airX Malta International Airshow has gained credibility along the years, which is why it can still be organised during such delicate moments for the military aviation.
Mr. Ciliberti added that people should keep a good look out for the RAF Tucano display, which shall be in the colors that 72(R) Sqyuadron used in Malta in 1943 when the squadron used spitfires, the NATO E-3A Awacs will surely be one of the main displays in the static display.
Although international airshows are facing difficulties to guarantee participation, to the extent of having to cancel planned shows, the Malta show is still attracting different participants with various modern and historical aircrafts.
He appealed to the general public to use the public transport services to attend the show since this will help in traffic management and also result in greater accessibility to the airfield.
Main sponsors airX announced that it will be adding more aircraft to the Maltese register in the next few months. The announcement was made by airX Chairman Mr John B Matthews during a press conference held at the AFM Air Wing Division in connection with the airX Malta International Airshow 2013.
“We’re living in very exciting times as Malta continues to develop its aviation industry and its aviation register. One third of the aircraft we operate are already registered in Malta and we plan to increase registration to at least 50%within a few months,” explained Mr Matthews.
Referring to the recent announcement by Tourism Minster Karmenu Vella that a White Paper on Malta’s new aviation policy will be presented shortly, Mr Matthews said that airX welcomes this development, adding that the company looks forward to this White Paper and to a strong policy coming to life for the best interest of the industry.
Tourism Minister Karmenu Vella said that the Malta International Airshow has become one of the most popular family events in Malta. He said that our island has a longstanding history in the sector and in two years time Malta will celebrate the 100th anniversary since the first flight landing on the island.
Minister Vella reiterated the Governments’ effors to invest in the aviation industry which in turn will reflect in an improved economy since this sector promotes trade, tourism and businesses.
The Minister praised the efforts by all volunteers involved in the Airshow, noting that over 40 aircrafts from 5 different countries will be involved. He thanked all the countries supporting the airshow, and invited the general public to attend the event and enjoy both the static and aerial displays.
AFM Air Wing Commanding Officer Claudio Spiteri said that it was a pleasure for the Air Wing to be present once more at the Air Show, thus showcasing its’ assets and the soldiers’ skills. Ms Daniela Mallia, said that the Malta International Airport is set to host another great spectacle which provides entertainment for the family, while Mr Philip Saunders also stated that Air Malta will use the airshow to allow youngsters to learn more about Air Malta, its’ aircrafts and also the skill of its pilots.
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