The times, they are a changing. Years ago, during the heyday of new product introductions within a few years of each other and a plethora of international aerospace manufacturers, airshow exhibitors tripped over each other trying to outdo the competition.
The February 2006 Asian Aerospace show at Singapore’s Changi Airport will be the last event in its current format, following a sudden split between the Singapore government and show organizer Reed Exhibitions. Singapore authorities have decided to run their own biennial air show starting February 2008. UK-based Reed is now considering alternative venues outside Singapore to stage future Asian Aerospace events.
The French military has run Le Bourget’s air and space museum since it opened in 1919. In recent decades, a French air force general at the end of his career has traditionally held the top post.
Exhibitors at next year’s 45th Farnborough airshow (July 17 to 23) will benefit from a freezing of 2004’s general costs. And companies displaying aircraft in the static park will enjoy a 50-percent rate cut as part of the organizer’s wider moves to make the airshow better value for exhibitors.
Next year’s ILA show in Berlin will be shortened by one day with three days reserved for trade visitors and three days for the general public. In addition to commercial aviation, including the Airbus A380, ILA will devote more space to military aviation and defense systems, equipment, aero engines, space flight, general aviation and helicopters.
Two months from now on August 16 to 21, Russia will stage its seventh Moscow Aviation and Space Exposition (MAKS, to use its Russian acronym). Held on the grounds of the historic (and once top-secret) Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in the suburb of Zhukovsky, the exposition has become the showcase event for aerospace enterprises in Russia and other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
An optimistic Louis Le Portz flashed a broad smile as he contemplated the opening of this week’s Le Bourget salon just a few weeks prior to the event. He knows that his first stab as commissaire général, or commissioner, of the biennial Paris Air Show marks a recovery from four gloomy years of aerospace industry decline and a return to something resembling the conditions exhibitors enjoyed prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Business is booming for Farnborough International, the company formed by the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) at the beginning of this year to run the UK’s own international airshow.
Asian Aerospace and its new sibling, Asia Defence Technology, open their doors for the last time at the Changi Exhibition Centre today after a 25-year run that has seen the event grow into one of the biggest events on the international airshow circuit and easily the number one in Asia.
The world’s aerospace industry is now having to decide whether to follow the Asian Aerospace show brand up to Hong Kong or whether to stay loyal to Singapore and support the new Changi International Air Show.