NBAA Convention 2016

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.

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Farnborough International 2016

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.

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AeroExpo 2016

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.

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EBACE 2016

Geneva Palexpo, 24-26 May 2016

Report by Peter Davison and Peter Gregory

This years EBACE event was marked by some significant events; the Centenary of Dassault Aviation (and the arrival of the long awaited Falcon 8X), the first visit of the indigenous PC-24 (albeit a flying visit) and the first European outing for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in BBJ format.

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Singapore Airshow 2016

Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore, 16 – 21 February 2016

Held every two years this event is promoted as Asia’s largest airshow though it is unclear what unit of measurement qualifies this statement. I imagine the Chinese and Malaysian shows might disagree. It certainly attracts the major players but, being held beside a major international airport, the ‘airshow’ aspect is severely diminished with flying limited to around two hours on three trade days and two 90 minute slots on the weekend public days.

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Exercise Indradanush 2015

RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire 17-30th July 2015

When rumours started to circulate of an Anglo-Indian exercise in the UK in July all thoughts immediately turned to RIAT; was there a chance that this prestigious airshow might spring yet another surprise. Sadly it was not to be though, as the three support aircraft were to be stationed at RAF Brize Norton in nearby Oxfordshire, almost every enthusiast chose to ‘pass by’ this operational base before or after their Fairford visit.

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