Wings Over Illawarra is an annual air show held at Illawarra Regional Airport.
Wings Over Illawarra is one of the largest events held in the Illawarra and NSW south coast and the only major annual air show in NSW as well as being the only air show experience within easy reach of metropolitan Sydney.
Its diverse program includes ground displays and flying demonstrations of historic, military, modern and aerobatic aircraft as well as vintage car and motorbike displays, children’s rides and other aviation and technology related exhibitions.
For seven years Wings Over Illawarra was a successful community event, managed by a committee supported by Shellharbour City Council, local service clubs and community volunteers. After the successful 2013 event, it became clear that Wings Over Illawarra had outgrown local community resources and needed to prepare for future growth as interest from Sydney residents grew, despite minimal promotion in Sydney media. To realise its growth potential, the event needed commercial management so in November 2013 ownership and management of Wings Over Illawarra was transferred to Bright Events Pty Ltd.
In 2014, despite limited preparation time, Bright Events were successful in gaining Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval for the most exciting and dynamic air display ever seen in the Illawarra along with greater participation from the Australian Defence Force (ADF), commercial aerobatic performers and privately owned warbirds. Unfortunately however the 2014 event was marred by extraordinarily unseasonal weather and extremely strong winds that succeeded in grounding the majority of the planned air display.
As part of the planned growth for Wings Over Illawarra, 2015 saw the event move to a two day event. 2015 featured the most exciting and dynamic aircraft flying display ever seen at the Illawarra Regional Airport including Australian stunt pilot and Red Bull Air Race competitor Matt Hall, a plethora of locally based and visiting historic aircraft, a significant representation of Australian Defence Force aircraft and other exciting attractions. Unfortunately, for the second time in as many years, the event was once again subject to unseasonal weather, this time it was torrential rain in the days immediately preceding the event, leading to a flooded airfield which left the organisers with no choice but to cancel the show.
2016 is shaping up to be one of the best airshows ever seen in NSW.
Wings Over Illawarra has a strong history of supporting local charities and each year of the event a local charity has been nominated as the beneficiary of the event.