The event will be renamed Airshows Downunder Shellharbour with the first event under AMDA set for 1 to 3 March 2024.
AMDA Foundation chief executive officer Justin Giddings said the event will expand its appeal to the general public and develop greater industry involvement.
“Wings Over Illawarra has built an excellent reputation as an event for the general aviation and light sport aviation community in Australia,” he said.
“It has an exciting airshow covering the breadth of vintage, warbird and modern aviation, and a highly regarded careers and skills day to help attract the next generation.
“It also provides an important means of promoting general aviation to the general public.
“AMDA Foundation intends to build on that and create an event that promotes the Australian general aviation industry while providing an exciting airshow for all the family.”
AMDA has just wrapped its Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport, with around 248,000 people coming through the gates for the return of the biannual event which was last held six years ago.
“It’s the biggest event probably held in regional Victoria, and it was very, very successful,” Giddings told the Surf Coast Times. “It’s easily Geelong’s biggest event.
“The economic benefits are huge – we alone book out 1,000 rooms in Geelong and Melbourne.”
Giddings says the event is now probably the fourth-largest airshow in the world.
“On the trade days we had 25 chiefs of air force from around the world, which is a totally different setting,” he said.
“There’s a little bit of flying on those days, but not much, because everyone’s in conferences and meetings and we need to keep the noise down.”