AERO South Africa

Southern Africa’s premier event for the General Aviation industry that covers the full spectrum of services and products for the sector, is the platform to showcase the best that the General Aviation sector has to offer.  AERO South Africa is organised by Messe Frankfurt South Africa in partnership with fairnamic GmbH – the new joint venture of Messe Frankfurt and Messe Friedrichshafen who organise Europe’s largest General Aviation Show – AERO Friedrichshafen. Launched in 2019, AERO South Africa has the full support of the City Of Tshwane as the host city. The City of Tshwane is set to become the hub for General Aviation in Southern Africa, and Wonderboom National Airport is the ideal location as it is one of the only National Airports in South Africa that can accommodate aircraft fly-ins for visitors and demo flights for aircraft OEMs and distributors, allowing for a first-hand experience to the serious prospective buyer during the purchase process. This not only allows our exhibitors to demonstrate their products but also makes it more convenient for people to attend the event from around the country.  AERO South Africa showcases a spectrum of products and services that feature the latest innovations, developments, and regulations in the General Aviation industry.


The 2024 event welcomed over 2900 visitors with 71 exhibiting companies. AERO South Africa featured a 3-day programme with leading industry experts as well as visitor Fly-Ins, demo flights, Youth Development programme and the launch of the Aviation Indaba.   

AERO South Africa will take place on 25-27 July 2025, at Wonderboom National Airport. 

"AERO SA is a great business oriented event. We get very good value from exhibiting at the show."

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"This expo is great for our local economy and I would like to see us harness that."

"I believe having only trade visitors on Thursday and Friday ensured we had better quality / Calibre of visitors. The AERO SA team were vey accomodating and very professional".

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Everything was perfect for me and I got the most important info that I did not have regarding applying for my maintenance license with CAA".

"Well done to the organizers. Stunning event and friendly staff. I commend you in the handling of the fly-in Exhibitors, parking and general ease of movement between exhibits".

Exciting event Highlights

Speaker Theatre

During the event, visitors had the incredible opportunity to engage in stimulating conversations with renowned experts in the General Aviation industry. Our daily schedule was packed with insightful sessions from our exhibitors that delved into the latest innovations and explored various captivating topics. 

Visitor Fly-Ins

The success of the Fly-In option was evident as a significant number of pre-registered participants took advantage of this exclusive offer. Their presence enhanced the vibrant atmosphere of the event, fostering valuable networking opportunities and creating a dynamic exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Demo Flights

Selected exhibitors enthusiastically offered demo flights to serious prospective buyers, providing them with an immersive and exhilarating experience of the aircraft's capabilities and features. These demo flights proved to be a tremendous success, leaving a lasting impression on participants and generating significant interest in the showcased aircraft. 

Park & Sell

Throughout the event, aviation enthusiasts and industry professionals alike were captivated by the extensive selection of high-quality pre-owned aircraft on display. The Aircraft Park & Sell area garnered significant attention, attracting a steady stream of interested buyers who were eager to explore the available options.

Business Matchmaking Programme

The response to the Business Matchmaking Programme was overwhelming, with numerous exhibitors and trade visitors eagerly participating in this unique networking opportunity. The program's success was evident through the numerous fruitful connections that were forged during the event. By tailoring the matches based on individual business profiles and specific interests, the Business Matchmaking Programme ensured that participants could engage with their desired audience, maximizing the potential for successful collaborations and partnerships. Exhibitors and trade visitors alike were delighted by the opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded professionals who shared their industry focus and goals.

Youth Development Programme

The AERO South Africa Youth Development Program was a resounding success this year! Students passionate and eager to venture into the world of general aviation had the opportunity to hear multiple speakers in the industry.  This year's program featured curated topics specifically prepared for the youth in attendance, such as Aircraft maintenance & engineering, Drone training, and Pilot Navigation. 

About the organisers

Messe Frankfurt South Africa

Messe Frankfurt: Business model for global business

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. For some 800 years, we have been bringing people together at our events, both in Frankfurt and throughout the world. Whether with our trade fairs, congresses or other events, with digital or analogue services – everything we do has always been focused on interaction between people. This is something that we have perfected throughout our long history.

With approximately 2,200 employees at 28 locations, we work virtually around the clock and around the globe to further the interests of our customers. Despite the very difficult conditions in 2021, some 1.4 million visitors (2019: 5.1 million) and more than 30,000 (2019: 99.246) exhibiting companies put their trust in the efficiency of our international network the quality of our events and the digital expertise of Messe Frankfurt.

Messe Frankfurt brings together future trends with new technologies, people with markets, and supply with demand. Where different perspectives and industry sectors come together, we create scope for new collaborations, projects and business models.


Messe Frankfurt South Africa

We are the proud organiser of the following events: South African Festival of Motoring, Automechanika Johannesburg, Futuroad Expo, AERO South Africa, Boatica Cape Town, Solar Power Africa, allfashion sourcing and Hobby-X.

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