The Paris Air Show is, well, a show. The “performers” include not just the aerial display aircraft and pilots, but also the exhibitors with their products and services on display for all the world to see, literally.
2013 saw a strong showing of defense aircraft. The thrilling Russian demonstrations returned after a 12-year absence, though U.S. aircraft were shut out of the party due to sequestration budget cuts. All in all, the military muscle on display every afternoon was impressive – and loud.
Air Transport has always been among the most important players at the Paris Air Show. At this, the 50th anniversary of the LeBourget salon, the heavyweights from Airbus and Boeing were out in force. And as usual, the war of words between the Big Two was part of the festivities. But at least both have been busier signing orders than trading barbs, which is good news for everyone.
The first day of this years Paris Air Show got off to a thunderous start, as a line of violent storms blew through Le Bourget Airport just as the show got underway. The dark clouds gave way to a deluge that sent some showgoers running, while the well prepared simply popped open umbrellas and carried on. Later that day, the sun came out to smile on the opening of the 50th running of the iconic event.
The daily flying displays represent the pulse of the Paris Air Show. Heart-stopping aerobatics and elegant demonstration flights are designed to draw all eyes skyward. This year, the Russians are showing three aircraft in the display, other aircraft made their Paris debuts and regular performers thrilled the crowds again.
Setting up shop for the Paris Air Show begins days ahead of the opening day. Teams from around the world converge on Le Bourget Airport carrying tons of freight, furniture and champagne to celebrate the miracle of flight, and to conduct the international commerce of aviation.
Aircraft synthetic-vision systems (SVS), provide pilots with a colorful, animated depictions of the world outside the cockpit, matching what they would see looking through the windshield on a clear day. Honeywell delivers synthetic vision for business aircraft under the brand name SmartView. The system uses the terrain database of company’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) merged with head-up display (HUD) symbology and presents the SVS graphics on an aircraft’s primary flight displays (PFD).
The exhibitor booths at EBACE are among the most creative and beautiful to grace the PalExpo Center in Geneva, Switzerland. Here is a sample look at some of the exotic airplane models, and some of the other hall displays.
Pilatus Aircraft took the wraps off of its new PC-24 light jet on Tuesday at EBACE 2013. The all-metal twinjet has a large rear cargo door, WilliamsFJ44-4A engines and Honeywell Apex avionics.