Australia Day air show out of hiatus

Australia Day air show out of hiatus

THE air show is set to return for next year’s Australia Day Skyworks after a two-year hiatus following a fatal plane crash.

City of Perth’s air show was cancelled for the past two years after Peter Lynch and Endah Cakrawati died when their plane crashed into the Swan River in 2017.

Australia Day Skyworks was cancelled for the day and the air show was cancelled for the years following.

Picture: City of Perth/supplied

City of Perth community development general manager Anne Banks-McAllister said the City was in the planning stages to bring back the air show component for the Skyworks next year.

“Since the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report on the fatal plane crash in 2017 is reaching its final stages, the City of Perth Skyworks Consortium has supported the decision to reintroduce the air show,” she said.

“The City is working alongside the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in planning a spectacular air show program for 2020.”

Picture: City of Perth/supplied

Ms Banks-McAllister said there was a comprehensive procurement process for the coordination of the air show, involving an aviation professional and pilot Glyn Butchard.

“In 2020, there will be no float or sea planes flying or landing on the Swan River,” she said.

“Elements of the air show will continue to feature a crowd favourite – the helicopter towing a 60 metre Aussie flag.

“The City will also continue to work very closely with CASA to ensure any improved safety processes are implemented within the air show program.”

City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks Air Show will begin at 3.30pm and ends just before the fireworks display at 8pm on January 26.