AERO | Friedrichshafen 2017

Simply AERO, the European event that is all about general aviation manifest its 25th anniversary from April 5–8, 2017. AERO hosted 700+ exhibits of airplanes, and then some. The trade show is a well-established, essential stopover for aviators.

AERO | Friedrichshafen 2017

While AERO is billed as “The Global Show for General Aviation,” a more apt description in 2017 might have been “The European Show for General Aviation.” Because while European aviators were gathered for AERO at Bodensee-Airport in Friedrichshafen, Germany, many of their counterparts from around the globe, and particularly in the U.S., were taking part in similar exercises at Sun ‘n Fun on Lakeland Linder Airport in Florida. Though AERO remains the grandest of its kind across the Atlantic.

WHAT to see

Flieger fascinations at AERO 2017 included something from every class of winged vehicle. There were ultralights and gyros, singles and twins, bizjets, rotorwings, gliders, and drones fulfilling pilot’s fantasies in abundance. Ensuring that aviators were well-provisioned with everything from aircraft to training to attire, more than 34,000 participants turned up exchanging products, ideas and camaraderie.

AERO 2017 proved to be the largest ever since its start in 1977. At a glance, the show looks a lot like an AirVenture or Sun ‘n Fun; it is indeed similar. However, AERO has a different feel than the big celebrations you’ll find in the U.S.

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