Visitors to the biggest-ever Gold Coast International Marine Expo from 19-22 May 2016 will be treated to family fun on land, on water … and even in the air.
We have just confirmed the elite aerial acrobatics of the RAAF Roulettes will be an exclusive attraction on both Saturday and Sunday of Expo.
“The Roulettes pilots are the ‘Top Gun’ flying instructors of the Royal Australian Air Force – they are regarded as the best of the best,” said Expo Event & Marketing Manager, Emma Brown.
“An appointment to the Roulettes is a rare distinction – in fact, these are the pilots who actually instruct the next generation of RAAF flying instructors.”
Roulettes Squadron Leader Daniel Kehoe has over 5000 flying hours to his credit and has six deployments to the Middle East as well as various humanitarian operations to his credit.
“During the show we usually fly at speeds up to 460 kilometres an hour and, occasionally, 590kph, depending on the manoeuvre … and as close as three metres apart,” said SQDLDR Kehoe.
“The aircraft may pull up to 4.5G with Roulette 5 pulling as much as 6G so the show can be very demanding on the pilots, with a very high level of concentration and determined effort required for a range of manoeuvres of varying difficulty, including loops and rolls, corkscrews, ripple rolls and rollbacks.”
Mrs Brown said this year’s Expo will simply be an amazing experience for families as well as real boating and outdoors enthusiasts.
“From large and luxurious motor and sailing yachts to lightweight tenders and even the latest water toys and fishing equipment, as well as Queensland’s biggest trailer boat line-up this year … Expo will have something for every boating enthusiast,” she said.
On land, Expo’s exhibits will also showcase everything from the very latest in navigation and technology, spanning fish-finders, depth-sounders, night-vision cameras, underwater lighting, chart-plotters, anchoring systems and water-makers, to name but a few.
“In addition to an incredibly diverse, hands-on marine showcase, fun family attractions as well as practical interactive and educational demonstrations will be staged every 15 minutes across the giant 3km Expo display circuit,” said Mrs Brown.
“The action-packed Expo program includes fishing workshops, seminars exploring life beneath the water at the Yamaha Super Tank as well as wholesale selections of offshore and estuary angling equipment and tackle, as well as free sailing lessons for kids and also for adults.”
Mrs Brown confirmed even more exciting, family-fun attractions, activities and live demonstrations as well as yacht, boat and product premieres will be announced by the Expo team in coming weeks.
“Expo – staged right in the heart of the Australia’s boating industry capital, the Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera – is the best place to buy a boat or boating equipment, with hundreds of exhibitors in the one location keen for your business,” she said.
You will definitely need a multi-day pass to see everything that there is on offer.