Research & Education

Live From Le Bourget

This year the 51st edition of the Paris Airshow in Le Bourget hosted the leading global players in the sector following last year’s event in Farnborough.
From 15 to 21 June, the former Paris airport that hosts this important biennial event welcomed more than 2,200 exhibitors from all over the world. There were 6 large exhibition halls with chalets facing onto the runways used for demonstration flights and acrobatics displays (such as the famous Patrouille de France). The largest was the American pavilion with 350 companies and an exhibition floor of 4,000 square metres.
The chairman and CEO of the Paris Air Show, Emeric d’Arcimoles, defined it as one of the most richly varied events in the aviation industry, not just a showcase but an extraordinary opportunity for dialogue in which each player in this industry can find contacts and ideas”
Considering the figures, it’s hard to contradict him. There were more than 139,000 trade visitors, while attendance on the days open to the public peaked at 176,000. There were about 285 delegations from 102 countries and 150 aircraft on display, including 40 in flight. The show also enjoyed intense media coverage with the presence of more than 3,000 accredited journalists.
This year’s show featured special initiatives for students, who as always were out in force during the weekend, as well as a Job&Training forum devoted to work opportunities in the aviation industry.
It was also an eco-friendly show and the first to obtain ISO 20121 environmental certification.
As always, GE Aviation was one of the key players at the event with its own chalet. Avio Aero, represented by a number of top management members led by Riccardo Procacci, was hosted in the same chalet as Aviation. Working side by side, they held a series of meetings with customers, partners and suppliers and received visits from specialist and generalist media. As usual, this gave Avio Aero the chance to renew its contacts and strengthen its network of commercial and institutional relations.
The chalet included a pavilion with at its centre a large GEnx engine together with a series of aircraft engine parts and components. A splendid 3D theatre presented the technological innovations introduced with the GE9X, the next large engine for the future wide body Boeing 777-X aircraft, and the ACE (Adaptive Cycle Engine). It was a highly digital space. The walls around the exhibition area and the display cases showcasing parts were equipped with large LCD and touch screens reproducing three-dimensional renderings of the blades of the new GE9X, video infographics explaining the technologies and materials used and Electrical Power (the investments, applications and capabilities of these products), and animations created to illustrate the avionics computing systems and the most advanced techniques and technologies for repairing components. In one of these display cases, a 3D printer was used to demonstrate the speed and simplicity with which an aircraft turbine blade can be reproduced.
Speaking from the chalet on the side-lines of the many business meetings, Riccardo Procacci had an important message for Avio Aero employees: “The customers and partners we’ve met here at the show have expressed their gratitude for the way we’ve improved our performance and successfully focused our efforts. What counts most in this sector is delivery and we are regaining the trust of our customers. This should be a source of great pride for everyone working at Avio Aero and obviously encourages us to continue our efforts in this direction. I would like to add my thank-you to the appreciation expressed by our customers and suppliers!"