Solutions Through Partnerships

Solutions Through Partnerships

2024 © Southern African Expo Solutions (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.

2024 © Southern African Expo Solutions (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.


Africa Aerospace and Defence

Centurion, South Africa

Centurion, South Africa



A Testament to Our Expertise

A Testament to Our Expertise

Project Type



Waterkloof Airforce Base

Solutions Since






At Expo Solutions, we pride ourselves on our extensive experience and our ability to offer comprehensive event management solutions that require the highest of standards, across industries. Our engagement with the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Expo over multiple editions has solidified our reputation as a leader in managing large-scale, international events with individually unique requirements. 

Introduction to AAD Expo

The Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo (AAD) is a biennial event that takes place in South Africa, showcasing the latest developments in aerospace and defence technology. The expo is owned by the South African Department of Defence and Military Veterans, in partnership with Armscor, the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) and the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association of South Africa (AMD).

Originally held in October 1975 as “Aviation Africa”, the initially small event grew both in size and popularity; and in 2000, Aviation Africa and the Defence Exhibition of South Africa (DEXSA) merged to form the Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo of today.

The AAD expo is the largest of its kind in Africa, attracting exhibitors and visitors from around the world. It serves as a platform for networking, business opportunities, and knowledge sharing in the aerospace and defence industries. Attracting top industry stakeholders and showcasing cutting-edge technology and equipment, the AAD expo has become a significant platform for promoting South Africa and Africa's aerospace and defence capabilities while strengthening international partnerships with other countries.

The Africa Aerospace and Defence expo has grown to become one of South Africa's largest contributors to the country's GDP during show years, and is regarded as a national asset. 

Highlights of the AAD Expo

The AAD expo features a variety of events and activities, including:

  1. Static and Flying Displays: The expo includes static displays of military aircraft, helicopters, and other defence equipment. There are also numerous flying displays showcasing the capabilities of various aircraft.

  2. Conferences and Seminars: The expo hosts a series of conferences and seminars covering topics such as defence technology, aerospace innovation, and industry trends. These events provide a platform for knowledge sharing and networking among industry professionals.

  3. Business Matchmaking: The expo offers a business matchmaking program, where exhibitors and visitors can schedule meetings and explore potential business opportunities.

  4. Youth Development Program: The AAD expo also includes a youth development program, aimed at promoting careers in the aerospace and defence industries. This program includes interactive displays, career guidance, and opportunities for young people to engage with industry professionals.

  5. International Pavilions: The expo features international pavilions, where countries can showcase their aerospace and defence capabilities and promote trade and partnerships.

Our Journey with AAD

Early Engagement

This mega-event is the continent's only aerospace and defence expo that combines a trade exhibition with an air show, and requires meticulous planning, coordination, and execution. Our journey with the AAD Expo began in 2006 when we were first entrusted to supply the marquee infrastructure for the chalet line. This first collaboration set the stage for what would become a long-standing partnership, and an opportunity to showcase our ability to meet the specific infrastructural and management needs of mega-events.

Evolution of Services

From 2010, our role expanded significantly, being appointed AAD’s Official Service Provider, and every event subsequently, with our scope of work encompassing:

  • Turnkey Solution: Overseeing and Project Management for the entire spectrum of the event, from initial concept to final execution, ensuring every detail is managed with precision.

  • Electrical and Climate Control Solutions: Providing essential services such as electrical reticulation, including generators and standby technicians, as well as comprehensive air conditioning to ensure the comfort of all attendees.

  • Infrastructure and Space Planning: Delivering all necessary shell scheme and marquee infrastructure while meticulously planning floor space to optimise trade, exhibitor and visitor experiences.

  • Contractor Management: Overseeing all onsite internal and external contractors to ensure timely and efficient delivery of services.

  • Walk-on-Package Stands: Providing ready-to-use stands for exhibitors, streamlining their setup process.

  • Liaison and Coordination: Serving as the primary contact for international and local exhibitors, media, sponsors, managing requirements to ensure all participants' needs are met.

  • VIP and Hospitality Management: Overseeing the design and provision of services for high-profile areas including Ministers' Offices, the VIP Pavilion, and hospitality chalets.

  • Accreditation and Compliance: Overseeing accreditation infrastructure and ensuring compliance with City of Tshwane's certification requirements, including fire safety.

Venue and Logistics

Transitioning the event back to Pretoria’s Waterkloof Airforce Base in 2012, after earlier editions at Ysterplaat Military Base in Cape Town, presented unique logistical challenges. Our team was instrumental in this transition, showcasing our adaptability and expertise in venue management. The event covers an expansive 50,000 sqm, requiring extensive coordination of indoor and outdoor exhibits, and the build-up involves a six-week period of intense preparation and coordination. 

Impact and Achievements

Our sustained involvement with the AAD Expo has not only contributed significantly to its continued success but also to our own growth as a company. It has provided us with invaluable experience in the management of events with scale and complexity, while reinforcing our commitment to service-delivery excellence. This ability to deliver a seamless experience, even in the face of challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, underscores our resilience and dedication to our clients.


 Our work with the Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo is a prime example of Expo Solutions' commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences through partnership. It reflects our deep understanding of the unique demands of diverse industries, such as aerospace and defence, and our ability to execute large-scale events with precision and professionalism. As we look to the future, we remain dedicated to building on this legacy, continually enhancing our solutions to meet and exceed the evolving needs of our clients.


 We extend our gratitude to the AAD team, the South African Department of Defence, Armscor, AMD, CAASA, and all the exhibitors, contractors and participants who have made the Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo a landmark event. Our success is a testament to the strength of our partnerships and our shared commitment to excellence.

 For more information about the AAD Expo, please visit the official website -

5 day

5 day

Trade Expo & Airshow

6 week

Build Up

14 years

14 years

Official Service Provider