Before the show starts, performers at the Farnborough International Airshow are required to demonstrate their routines for show officials. These “validation flights” take place in the days leading up to the show’s opening, and often reward work crews and other early arrivals with some of the best flying. In this shot, a vintage Avro Vulcan (the only airworthy example left) shows off its impressive power.
What would a convention or airshow be without contract and other signings? EBACE 2014 did not lack for smiling women and men holding pens, documents, plaques and models of aircraft and happily celebrating the signing of an agreement between buyer and seller, customer and provider, company and company. Here are just a few of the signings in Geneva during the week of May 19.
Up close in your face, or across the ramp, airplanes are the core of EBACE. Here, the scimitar propeller and bulging nacelle of Beechcraft’s G58 Baron piston twin in the foreground frame its stablemate King Air C90GTx.
Sometimes, the sensory overload can be overpowering. Aircraft display, hall stands (like the Pilatus booth shown here) and crowds of people all compete for our limited attention span. But at EBACE, it’s all good. Whichever way you direct your attention, it’s bound to be a pleasurable experience. Photo: David McIntosh
If it’s May in Geneva, it has to be EBACE time. The Jura Mountain range provides the backdrop. And a Swiss Airbus taxis behind a Pilatus PC-12 waiting for positioning on the EBACE static display line.
The airplanes, accessories and services are central to any aviation show, and ABACE is no exception. But in the end, it’s really all about people. Meeting, greeting and making deals is the engine that drives the industry. It’s all about getting people face-to-face, which is what general aviation transportation does better than anything else.
It’s what an aviation show is all about: the airplanes. Each one sparks individual dreams of flight, and each one is unique in its own way.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and ABACE Convention News photographer David McIntosh’s images tell an impressive story. From well before the opening ceremony to the last hours of the show, the camera records impressions that stay with us.
ABACE 2014 brings top-level business aviation exposure to Shanghai’s Hongqaio International Airport. In the days leading up to the show, a small army of dedicated workers converged to ensure every display aircraft was shipshape. Photos: David McIntosh
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