AERO Friedrichshafen 2017 Show Mosaic

AERO Friedrichshafen Photo Mosaic
AERO 2017 Photo Mosaic from Friedrichshafen, Germany – Published in General Aviation News | April 27, 2017 (pp 22-23).

AERO, held in Friedrichshafen, Germany is the most elegant and upscale of global shows for general aviation. AERO is where a dressed for business crowd gathers to see everything related to flying that is non-commercial aviation. In its spacious and modern halls, the show caters to comfort and the sophisticated senses of European buyers and sellers.

There’s a bit of military and police aviation thrown in, and now UAV/drones have joined in the spectacle, but at AERO the highlights are all General Aviation (GA). This year’s 25th anniversary event was no exception, and there is strong evidence that this segment of aviation is growing throughout Europe, being pushed in particular by advancements in Ultralight (UL), Very Light Aircraft (VLA) and Light-sport Aircraft (LSA).

The atmosphere at AERO is a combination of relaxed, à la AirVenture Oshkosh and Sun ‘n Fun, with the formal flare of a National Business Aviation Association on the cabin class end. It’s an appealing mix, highly amenable to conducting business. This year featured an airshow, drawing crowds outdoors midday Saturday. On each of the four days, there was a steady flow of traffic through the 12 indoor exhibit halls. With sunny weather on both Friday and Saturday, crowds flowed into the courtyard where the newly constructed Messe Alm catered to guests with Swabian and Bavarian specialties from an authentic Alpine structure, typical of the region’s mountain pastures.

AERO officials reported 707 exhibitors and 34,200 visitors attended the show. Dates for next year—Aero Friedrichshafen 2018—are April 18–21. www.aero-expo.com | www.messe-friedrichshafen.de

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