ILA claims record participation for September show
The International Air Show ILA 2012 will inaugurate the new exhibition grounds at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport next door to BER for the biannual event scheduled to run from 11 to 16 September.
This year organizers claim more than 1200 exhibitors, around half of whom are from abroad, presenting a wide range of high-tech products, systems and processes from all branches of the aerospace industry.
Around 270 aircraft of every type and size, as well as from all eras will be on display on the ground and in the air. They include the world’s two largest airliners, the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380. Visitors can expect numerous product debuts as well as experienced pilots giving aerial displays, including aerobatics, fighter jet displays and formation flying.
With the aircraft on show including unmanned aircraft systems of all sizes, the A400M military transport, the Airbus Beluga, the X-3 Hybrid Demonstrator from Eurocopter, the Polish version of the Black Hawk helicopter, ultra-modern fighters, the national aerobatics squadrons of Poland (White and Red Sparks) and that of Turkey (Turkish Stars), the ILA 2012 has everything to warm the heart of aviation enthusiasts.
The displays span every era, ranging from the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Me 262 to the EADS Heritage Flight and finally to the fully solar-powered Elektra One Solar. They also include the research fleet of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as well as spectacular exhibits in the Aerospace Hall.
Stefan Grave, Director of ILA at Messe Berlin GmbH: ”All systems are Go! The inaugural event at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport will be one of the most spectacular and in terms of organisation one of most complex trade fairs imaginable. The new grounds feature an ultra-modern infrastructure and a large degree of flexibility, due to a combination of permanent and temporary halls.“
Under the heading of ”Space for Earth“ the Space Pavilion in Hall 4 will introduce visitors to a unique discovery world. An attractive programme of events for all the family is being prepared for the Open Weekend for the public (14 to16 Sept.). On the morning of 14 September, on Astronauts´ Day, visitors will be able to witness astronauts at close hand, as well as possibly from China, which will be a first.
In the middle of the new exhibition grounds the Bundeswehr will occupy an outdoor display area covering more than 10,000 square metres where they will provide information and host a wide-ranging display. In a joint demonstration of their capabilities, a Tornado jet, a Eurofighter, an F-4 Phantoms, a CH-53, a C-160 Transall and an Airbus A310 MRTT tanker aircraft of the Bundeswehr will take to the skies together. A Eurofighter as well as NH90 and CH-53 military helicopters will be among those taking part in additional individual displays. A UH Tiger will also be on view at the ILA.
The more than 30 helicopters on show will demonstrate the latest technological advances for a wide range of applications. This year attention will focus on three helicopters making their debut: designed specifically as a demonstrator, the X-3 Hybrid Demonstrator from Eurocopter combines conventional rotor and aircraft propeller technology. Also debuting at the ILA is the EC145-T2. A UH-72 Lakota stationed in Germany will also be on show in Berlin for the first time.
The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) will also be highlighting its work by demonstrating spectacular aircraft from its research fleet on the outdoor display site. Among the aircraft will be an Antares DLR-H2 power glider, the first plane capable not only of flying but of lifting off with a hydrogen fuel cell.
ILA 2012 will be offering visitors fascinating insights into aviation and spaceflight of the future inside the fair halls as well. The BDLI will present a joint concept for the aircraft cabin of the future which has been put together by the organisation’s own Cabin / Cargo expert network. Under the heading of “Imagine…Innovations flying tomorrow" five groundbreaking cabin solutions will be on display in Hall 2.
In addition to the development of highly efficient aircraft with ever-decreasing overall emissions the search for alternative fuel sources has also intensified. At the ILA, for the first time, aireg, the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany, and CAAFI, the US/German Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, will host their own display section on this topic in Hall 1.
The aircraft engine manufacturers MTU and Rolls Royce from the Berlin/Brandenburg region are among those who will be demonstrating new developments in aircraft engine technology.
For the first time the new UAS Plaza on the outdoor display site will present impressive Unmanned Aircraft System exhibits, one of the key topics of the future.
Looking for an attractive job in the aerospace industry? On the Open Weekend on 14 and 15 September, ILA 2012 will be inviting those potentially seeking an aerospace career to pay a visit to the ILA CareerCenter. In Hall 7 companies representing civil aviation and the military aerospace sector will provide information on the wide range of job opportunities with the technologies of the future.
ILA 2012 is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first three days of the show (11 to 13 September) are reserved exclusively for trade visitors. On the Open Weekend for the public (14 to 16 Sept.) the main attraction will be a world-class programme of flying displays.