Event Report From France Air Expo Paris Le Bourget
Text and Images by Marwin Knoblauch – I had the pleasure of attending the France Air Expo 2018, which took place in Paris-Le Bourget from June 7-9. After several good years in Lyon the changed location struck me to be more attractive for two reasons: Not only did I get to travel to the capital of France, a special treat in the near vicinity is the Museum of Air and Space. It features an incredible collection of more than 400 aircraft, 150 of which are on display, from the very first airplanes to the Breguet 19 “Point d’Interrogation” among Spitfire and Concorde and a Boeing 747.
Paris- Le Bourget is worth a visit in any case as the famous exhibition ground is well known in the European aviation world for hosting the Paris Air Show every two years. As for exhibitors, the most surprising newcomer Foreflight appeared to make it’s very first steps on the French market. The LSA world had the strongest presence. Manufacturers like JMB-Aircraft, Sonaca Aircraft, Evektor, but also various small gyro-copters and helicopters had a big part to play at the show.
Not surprisingly – Embraer and Gulfstream brought the biggest aircraft representing the business aviation sector with their lush- luxury and high- priced jets. Personally surprising was the absence of DAHER Socata, which this year had no presence at all. Instead, people got to look at and admire the Pilatus PC-12.
Very interesting conferences and presentations took place and all of them were well visited. We attended the event for the second time in a row this year, presenting the #InflightRevolution from sky[nav]pro™ to our French friends, promptly selling out the boxes we brought on the second day.
Quite a number of very interested customers were able to discover the free navigation app, but also integrated and safety- improving features like collision avoidance, real-time tracking and in-flight weather. The overall rather slow-going show and atmosphere seems to have been a result of bad access by aircraft and the changed location. A lot of exhibitors confirmed a lot less visitors than in Lyon 2017 – despite the relatively low entrance fee of 10€.
Marwin Knoblauch is Manager of Aviation Solutions at Dacher Systems GmbH with offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Zürich and Kronstadt – Brasov. A passionate pilot and flight instructor Marwin holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from Technical University of Berlin in Transportation and Aerospace Technology. Fluent in German, English, Russian and French he also has experience with Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) as well as General Aviation Aircraft Ownership, Collision Avoidance, ADS-B and all Avionics related topics. You may reach him via E-Mail at: [email protected]