The aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) continues to grow and 2013 showed a “remarkable” 12-percent increase in the number of visitors as a total of 8,906 attendees passed through the doors during the three-day event, (April 9-11) in Hamburg, Germany. More than 500 exhibitors representing 26 countries covered a record 193,750 sq ft in Hamburg’s Messe Center exhibit halls, roughly 21,000 sq ft more than last year.
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The Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX)continues to grow and this year saw more than 500 exhibitors spread over 194,000 sq ft of space at the vast Messe Center in Hamburg, Germany.
With the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) on the horizon this month, show organizers are anticipating approximately 7,000 attendees, nearly double last year’s mark, based on the success of 2012’s re-launch. According to an NBAA spokesman, 84 percent of last year’s exhibitors will be returning for a second stint at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, and the number of exhibitors overall has increased from 156 last year to more than 175 this year.
Flight Display Systems introduced a new bulkhead-mountable 17.1-inch display mounting system this week at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las Vegas. The mount installs on the back side of a bulkhead or on a wall and allows the 17.1-inch display to swing out or be stowed inside the mount. The 17.1-inch display and mount are undergoing the STC process, although some have been installed under field approvals.
Having just returned from covering my second Schedulers & Dispatchers I’ve learned that I really like the show. While much smaller than NBAA’s annual meeting, it’s still large enough that you can’t talk to everybody you might want to during the course of the conference and, covering the FBO beat for AIN as I do, of course it’s right up my alley as the service providers use it to showcase their facilities.
As NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference gets rolling in San Antonio, Texas, this week, organizers announced that this year’s edition of the annual show had set a record for exhibitors with 425 airports, FBOs, fuel suppliers and others scheduled to display their services at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.
From the gauntlet of stands that greeted visitors, to displays tucked into corners of the almost finished economy airline terminal that served as MEBA 2012’s exhibition hall, on the event’s last day exhibitors expressed a range of opinions about the show as varied as their display locations.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been busier, said Dave Edwards, managing director, Middle East and Asia, Gama Aviation, at the Dubai-based aviation services provider’s stand just inside the entrance, a spot impossible for attendees to miss.
About 25,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors are expected at the 65th annual NBAA Convention, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday next week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. As one of the largest trade shows in the U.S., the business aviation convention is projected to have an economic impact of more than $51 million to the Orlando area, according to the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Flight Display Systems president David Gray and director of international sales Nick Gray were at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas scouting new technologies that could be brought into the aircraft cabin, including 3-D flat-screen TVs, organic LED displays and holographic displays. The pair produced a video highlighting the new products they found interesting on the show floor at CES 2012.