18.02.2016 Motivation for the dream of flight
Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann and AERO project leader Roland Bosch are purposefully focusing on new impulses: “a technically-oriented trade show like the AERO must also show how fascinating the subject of flight is,” emphasized Roland Bosch. That is why encouraging the next generation of pilots is also a major goal of the Messe Friedrichshafen team. For this reason, for the first time, entrance to the show will be free of charge for all visitors under 16 years old, something which previously only applied to young people under 14.
For the established producers of powered aircraft, a lot of attention will be centered on traditional single and twin-engine piston-driven aircraft. Markedly lower prices for Avgas aviation fuel as a result of the plunge in oil prices are making flying cheaper
again. At the same time, low fuel prices are also making it more affordable for new pilots to learn to fly single-engine aircraft and for experienced pilots to improve their credentials by acquiring multi-engine ratings, which allow them to fly multi-engine aircraft Ultralights are the booming segment of general aviation. This class includes powered aircraft with take-off weights of up to 472 kilograms, but also gliders, gyrocopters and helicopters. There is more innovation here than in any other area of general aviation,
not least because, next to gliding, flying ultralights is the most affordable way to fly, both in terms of operating costs and license costs.
There are also new products to see among the jets. The innovative HondaJet, with its very unconventional nacelle placement above the wing, has already gotten final approval for operation in Europe. One of the first aircraft to come off the assembly line will be presented at the AERO. Another completely new business jet, which will be displayed as a mockup at Lake Constance, is the single-jet Vision SF50 from Cirrus Aircraft. Following operating approval, which is expected shortly, it will be the world’s first business jet to be delivered with a parachute rescue system standard. A twin-engine Legacy 450 from Brazil’s Embraer Executive Jets will make its German premiere at the AERO. In addition, many more business jets from respected manufacturers in North and South America as well as Europe will be on display at Lake Constance.
The e-flight Expo, featuring alternative drive concepts, will also take place for the eight time, under the motto “Electrical, Ecological, Evolutionary.” Electrically powered ultralights, powered gliders and rotary wing aircraft will be its focus. Several
innovative machines will be the highlight of 2016. The most unconventional electrically powered aircraft is the velocopter, which celebrated its premiere at the AERO two years ago. In the meantime, this 18-rotor, two-person aerial vehicle has undergone multiple unmanned test flights, and flight testing using a test pilot is scheduled to begin soon. Engineering conglomerate Siemens will be showing two vehicles that feature the German company’s powerful electric drives.
The AERO 2016 will begin on April 20 and last until April 23, 2016. More information is available at www.aero-expo.com.