U.S. to the Fore on Day One of Avalon 2023
AVALON 2023 launched today with an American flavor in the halls and in the skies, recognition of Australian innovation and a constant hum of industry across the exposition.
The morning of Day One saw the official opening of the USA Partnership Pavilion, by United States Ambassador to Australia, Caroline Kennedy.
With 86 companies from 17 US States, the opening highlighted the enduring relationship between the industries of the United States and Australia, underlined by an audience that literally filled the pavilion.
"It was an honor to have United States Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy here to open this important pavilion at AVALON 2023," said Justin Giddings, CEO of AVALON organizer AMDA Foundation.
"The ongoing relationship between our two nations has been of great value to both, from an industry standpoint and for mutual security. The AMDA Foundation team is pleased that the Australian International Airshow & Aerospace and Defence Exposition has contributed to that relationship over the years."
The US flavor continued with a stirring flying display by the United States Air Force Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor as part of the lunchtime airshow. The Australian Defence Force Showcase display also reinforced the strong relationship between the United States and Australia.
In the exhibition halls Day One created a hum of engagement among the 798 participating exhibitor companies.
"It was a good crowd," Justin Giddings said. "Various exhibitors told me there was a great atmosphere in the halls. It was just good to walk the exhibition floor and see so many people who have returned to AVALON in 2023 after the hiatus caused by the COVID Pandemic."