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AERO 2019 Friedrichshafen: What's on?

Dal Kikin
April 10, 2019

The leading trade fair for general aviation in Europe, the 27th AERO is starting today in Friedrichshafen from 10 to 13 April 2019. 11 large halls designed to resemble the shape and proportions of giant airplane hangars. Outside those halls are the static display area, and beyond that is a huge hangar that houses Zeppelin NT airships.

35,000 visitors from 60 countries are expected to come to Friedrichshafen, and more than 700 exhibitors will present their latest innovations at the fair.

Business aviation is one of the key topics at AERO Friedrichshafen. Worldwide, the business jet fleet currently consists of more than 22,000 aircraft. The fleet includes a more 15,000 turboprop-powered aircraft and a propeller-driven plane with piston engines. Over the past 20 years, business aviation has developed into an engine of innovation benefiting other aviation sectors.

For the first time, a special business aviation conference will take place on Thursday, April 11, in cooperation with the German Business Aviation Association GBAA. The presentations have intended to highlight the diverse areas of application for business aircraft and thus the relevance of business aviation within the aviation industry.

At the AERO in Friedrichshafen will be presenting many other aircraft. This category includes all civilian motorized aircraft, helicopters, gliders and sailplanes, ultralights and business jets not used in scheduled or chartered air traffic. A trend at the fair: the development of quiet and environmentally friendly electric aircraft.

The hybrid electric drives from Siemens eAircraft will provide answers to the challenges of future aviation. They offer the possibility of using alternative energy sources for the drive.

A completely new aircraft with an unusual appearance on the AERO is the so-called flying wing of Horten Aircraft from Eisenach. As the name implies, there is no tail and no hull, the pilot cabin is integrated into the wing. This configuration has aerodynamic advantages, requires less fuel and allows for greater range. The two-seat hoist HX-2 is already flying. It is equipped with a 100 hp four-cylinder. 

A Swiss aircraft manufacturer Junkers is currently building the second copy of the six-seater Junkers F13, the first all-metal airliner from 1919. The first new F13 in retro design is already flying.   

Next was a look at Cirrus’s Vision Jet, a new single-engine business jet well-known to U.S. pilots. it's the only business jet in the world to feature an integrated emergency parachute system for the entire plane. 

The Daher’s TBM 930—a stand-in for the TBM 940 that’s currently in flight test. The 940 will come with autothrottles and an automated ice-protection system that triggers when ice-sensing probes detect the onset of ice accretions.

The AERO 2019 will be open from Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photos by AERO Friedrichshafen Press photos