AERO takes off Wednesday

Friedrichshafen, Germany – The international trade show for general aviation will takeoff Wednesday, April 24, running through Saturday, April 27.

The show will focus on the entire range of general aviation, from gliders, ultralights and powered aircraft to helicopters and business jets, with 630 exhibitors from 35 countries.

Freigelände: Cirrus SR 22“AERO is one of the leading trade shows for general aviation worldwide. Consequently, together with an additional air show in the US, AERO plays a key role all around the globe,” said Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann.

“We offer a wide range of products, as witnessed by the large number of exhibitors, the conference and presentation program and the special shows,” added project manager Roland Bosch. “Exhibitors also appreciate the focus of the trade show and use AERO as a platform to present numerous new products and innovations.”

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Wellmann and Bosch in a Citation Mustang from Cessna

In addition to the “Engine Area,” which is held for the second time and presents diverse drive system designs and technologies, the topic of research flights is debuting at the exhibition in the form of “Observe by Air,” which presents civil applications for drones and projects for manned and unmanned research flights, like the Zeppelin air quality measurement project.

The right course is set on Avionics Avenue, which features flight control and communications systems and navigation devices.

Up-and-coming professionals in the field will get the right start in the industry at AEROCareer, where institutes of higher education and employers inform young flight enthusiasts about career opportunities in aviation.

Leading manufacturers of gliders will also be exhibiting at this year’s AERO. Within the scope of the fifth “e-flight-expo,” innovative aircraft with alternative forms of propulsion will again be displayed under the catchwords “electrical, ecological and evolutionary.”

More than 30,000 visitors are again expected to attend the general aviation trade show, most of them are pilots.

“In Germany there are currently some 40,000 individuals with private pilot licenses (PPL) for powered aircraft, and roughly 20,000 holders of licenses for ultralights. In addition, there were 10,339 pilots in Germany in 2012 with an airline transport pilot license, which allows them to fly airliners,” says pilot and trade journalist Jürgen Schelling.

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