World Helicopter Day Takes Off At Redcliffe Airport Open Day – 16 August 2015

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22 July 2015 – For Immediate Release

World Helicopter Day Takes Off At Redcliffe Airport Open Day – 16 August 2015

On 16 August 2015 the local community is invited to join in the celebrations for World Helicopter Day, 9am to 12:30pm, Hangar 14B, Redcliffe Airport, Nathan Rd, Rothwell. The day aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to our society and celebrate the diverse range of people that design, fly and support them.

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Around the world every day there are people relying on helicopters for rescues, disaster relief, transport, firefighting, medical transfers, powerline maintenance, tourism, agriculture and many more roles.

Very few people get to see a helicopter up close or the opportunity to talk to those that work with them. The Open Day will be a chance for locals of all walks of life to inspect several different types of helicopters, listen to talks about how helicopters fly and learn more about helicopter careers.

1009965_742946439049468_530370998_nThe event is family friendly and children are welcome. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos. In addition to a range of helicopters, on display will be a number of sports cars.

‘We are pretty passionate about our helicopters and are looking forward to celebrating the first World Day for our industry’ says local flight instructor Mick Cullen. ‘It is a great reason to open the hangar doors and invite members of the public to get up close to a number of helicopter types that they wouldn’t normally be able to do.’

A limited number of helicopter flights will be available on the day for those wishing to take to the air.

Other open days are also planned internationally on the same day in Canada, UK and in the USA with more details avaliable at http://worldhelicopterday.com The hashtag #worldhelicopterday will be used to tie in activity across the globe on different social media platforms.

The Redcliffe open day is being hosted by helicopter operator Aeropower and updates can be followed on facebook.com/aeropower

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Media interviews and photo opportunities are available before and on the day of the event, contact Aeropower on 07 3204 1280 or via fly@aeropowerflightschool.com.au

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Beneath Blades book

Pilot and Author David Earley will be at the open day to sign copies of his book Beneath Blades: Flying at the Ends of the Earth, A Pilot’s Journal. David was an Australian Army pilot in Vietnam, spent many years flying in the mountains of PNG, has operated all over the world and been CEO of the largest Australian owned helicopter company. He has many tales to tell from his career and lessons learnt along the way. This will be a rare chance to meet and talk to David.

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