"Aero". Final report: increasing number of visitors
The 27th edition recorded a +7% of exhibitors
"Have a nice flight!" One could as well have said that to the "AERO" itself at the start of the four-day exhibition. The 27th international aviation exhibition had already lifted off with a record number of 757 exhibitors. And on Saturday, April 13, 2019, according to statements from numerous industry experts, the trade fair managed a perfect landing. Many exhibitors reported that business is booming in the general aviation sector. While the focus of the event was on world premieres and new innovations, the supporting program of highly technical events was also very well received by the specialist audience in attendance. After four days, the AERO closed with extremely positive results: 32,100 trade visitors came from Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand and other overseas regions to Lake Constance in the south of Germany - over three percent more than the 31,100 that attended in 2018. On Saturday the AERO team celebrated an outstanding bottom line. Messe CEO Klaus Wellmann, head of AERO Roland Bosch and project lead Tobias Bretzel were proud and confident in presenting the end results.
The 27th AERO attracted seven percent more exhibitors than its predecessor, with every major company in general aviation present. Head of AERO Roland Bosch and project lead Tobias Bretzel, who spent much of the four days in personal meetings with their customers in the halls, reported that the atmosphere in the halls was extremely good and that many sales transactions were finalized directly at the fair. The strategic orientation of the AERO in addition to new topics such as the Business Aviation Conference and the Lindbergh Innovation Forum provided even more impetus. The AERO Conferences, the Helicopter Hangar, and the E-Flight Expo also scored big points with very appreciative specialist audiences. The "Be a pilot" program aiming to attract new junior pilots and the Flight Simulator Area were very well received by the industry. Numerous conversations made it clear that interest in the topic of electrically powered flight (as seen at the E-Flight Expo) is continuing to grow, with the subject of sustainability gaining ever greater significance. Among others concerned with drones at the AERO were the police, who have been testing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for some time now.
The focus of the trade visitors and the media at the exhibition on the shores of Lake Constance lay mainly on news and innovations. An unusually well-qualified specialist audience (60 percent pilots) consisting of around 60 percent visitors from abroad attended the exhibition with great interest and considerable prior knowledge. AERO visitors took special note of the next big event in general aviation: the AERO South Africa, a cooperation between AERO Friedrichshafen and Messe Frankfurt South Africa. This event presents the latest products and innovations to the industry and is Africa's largest trade fair for the general aviation segment. It's slated to take place near Pretoria at Wonderboom Airport from July 4 to 6, 2019.
The next edition will take place from April 01 to 04, 2020, at the fairgrounds in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
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