Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France 20th-25th June 2017 Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard Having visited every Paris Salon since 1973 I can confirm that this event enjoyed, or suffered, the hottest weather on record. This spectacular trade show brings together all the aviation nations to showcase their products both in the extensive exhibition halls and, in the air or on static display, their latest products. An amazing number of commercial orders were either negotiated or announced with Boeing's 737 MAX taking the top spot. This failed to distract from the massive lead Airbus enjoys having brought the A321 to market well ahead of the Boeing product.
AeroExpo and HeliUK Expo 2017 Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, England 1-3 June 2017 Report by Peter and Kim Davison This, the twelfth Aero Expo, was returning to Wycombe after a long stay at Sywell and what a great move. A more visitor friendly airport with improved viewing opportunities and increased hangar space for trade stands, seminars and facilities. The helicopter competitions were balanced and visible witout any conflict with the numerous GA visitors from across the country; the slight decrease in European visitors more due to weather warnings than the more southern location requiring navigation close to the London zone. Generally the weather was fine and warm over all three days.
Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland, 22-24th May 2017 Report by Peter Davison, Peter Gregory and Colin Coulthard This years European Business Event was blessed with warm sunshine and high visitor numbers. Now a mature global showcase for all aspects of Business Aviation, supported by the NBAA and EBAA, this provides a unique opportunity to witness new developments across the sector. A repositioned and enlarged static display was now served by an efficient shuttle bus service from the enormous indoor displays welcoming guests from across the continent.
Middle Wallop Army Aviation Centre, England 8th April 2017 Report by Peter and Kim Davison The Sud-Aviation/Westland SA.341 Gazelle helicopter, whilst looking contemporary, celebrated a 50 year anniversary at Middle Wallop in Hampshire. The base is home to Apache maintenance and the Army Air Corps Museum who hosted the event.
Orlando Executive Airport, Herndon, Florida 1-3 November 2016 Report by Peter Davison and Peter Gregory The National Business Aviation Association Convention operates at two sites; the static display of over 100 aircraft with ample space for visiting aircraft and The Orange County Convention Centre where the spectacular display stands showcase all the best and useful aspects of executive aviation. Over 20,000 delegates attended this year's show.
Trade show, Farnborough, Hampshire, England 11th - 15th July 2016 Report by Peter Davison It is becoming a tradition that Farnborough follows RIAT so the power of attraction concentrates the minds of military manufacturers and operators on even-numbered years. Hence, their is duplication of military items but Farnborough's civil contributors and business oriented exhibition extends it's coverage right across the aeronautical spectrum. Although the F-35 stole the headlines, it was the debut of the new airliners that opened cheque books.
AeroExpo, Sywell Aerodrome, Northants, England. 1-3 July 2016 Report by Peter and Kim Davison This annual trade show brings together general aviation pilots and traders and attracts considerable interest for photographers and enthusiasts. The fly-in popularity is, naturally, subject to the variations in the British weather and resultant forecasts.