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Whisper is a new concept of a two seats multirotor from France. It has 8 engines and fix pitch rotors and is equipped with an electronic power management system. Safety, performance and maintenance cost reduction are supposed to be the main forces of this concept. A joystick allows to manage it in an intuitive manner: by its simplicity it is easy to fly. The multirotor stays within the flight envelope. In case of a single engine failure you may land safety, but it is also equipped with a parachute as there is no
possibility of autorotation landing. Actually, its autonomy is evaluated at around 30 minutes, but further more performing batteries may increase the autonomy. Future tests will allow to precise the specifications. Noise reduction and electrical engine power of the Whisper make it to an interesting future aircraft.
Reinhard Finke – VdN
AERO 2017: Happy Birthday
The world‘s leading trade show for general aviation celebrated its 25th anniversary. It began on Wednesday, April 5 and finished on Saturday, April 8.
With record participation of 707 exhibitors from 39 countries, the exhibition has been a historic event in its silver anniversary year. Numerous premieres and innovations of aircraft manufacturers on display have been presented: from gliders, ultralights, gyrocopters and helicopters, single and twin-engine aircraft up to business jets. At an air show at the press conference on Tuesday, several aircraft with electric propulsion systems flew their rounds silently in the sky over the
fairgrounds. At an oil spill exercise in the afternoon on Lake Constance, firefighters demonstrated an operation with drones.
In addition, this year there were again several specialized areas, including the e-flight-expo, Avionics Avenue, Engine Area, “Be a pilot,” and UAS Expo/AERODrones for civilian drones and unmanned aircraft, along with the used aircraft market.
As an anniversary gift, an air show with electrical and aerobatic aircraft as well as a replica of the Rimowa Junkers F13 took place on Saturday. “I am very pleased that the 25th AERO can present a great result in its silver anniversary year,” says Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann.
The record booking situation is a sign that it is essential for aviation companies to present themselves to potential customers in Friedrichshafen. “2017 is the year in which aircraft with electric propulsion systems are very much on the rise,” says Roland Bosch, naming one of the focal points that presents a look into the future of general aviation.
All established manufacturers of conventional motorized aircraft were exhibiting
their product spectrum on Lake Constance, ranging from airplanes with piston engines to turboprops. The focus was on exhibition premieres. For the first time, it was possible to see an aircraft that looks like a classic airplane but is actually brand new. The Rimowa Junkers F13 is an exact replica of the first German commercial aircraft of all-metal manufactured by Junkers.
According to Jürgen Schelling, trade journalist and pilot, in Germany there are more than 40,000 holders of private pilot licenses (PPLs) for motorized aircraft as well as more than 20,000 ultralight flight license holders in 2017. In addition, more than 20,000 people have glider licenses in this country, often in combination with ultralight flight and motorized flight licenses. In 2017, Germany has more than 10,000 pilots with the commercial pilot license ATPL, known as the Airline Transport Pilot License, which authorizes you to fly a commercial airliner.
Claus-Dieter Wehr, Managing Director of the Friedrichshafen
Airport, is also able to report increased aircraft movements for the AERO. “For the airport, the air show is always a great challenge that all employees are glad to rise to with great dedication,” says Claus-Dieter Wehr, speaking in front of
journalists. Based on the experience and feedback from recent years, the airport management reconsidered the slot bookings together with the air show management and made adjustments in consultation with external experts.
The evolution of the AERO
The history of the air show began 40 years ago in 1978 with initially 14 exhibitors of gliders and pilot accessories as part of the “Racing, Motor, Leisure” fair. The AERO, which became an independent event starting in 1993 and took place every two years at the time, experienced constant expansion in the years that followed. The success of AERO has depended not only on Friedrichshafen’s reputation as a cradle of aviation, which was initiated by Ferdinand Count Zeppelin in the year 1900, but also on a
fast-growing ultralight aircraft sector. The trade fair benefited both from the aviation industry location of Friedrichshafen as well as the booming UL sector. In 1995, the Business Aviation area was introduced for the first time, and the fair also expanded its offering in the areas of Avionics, Maintenance, and Services. Growth was further increased through the move to the new exhibition halls directly at the airport in 2002. All this makes today’s AERO the world’s leading trade fair for innovations in general aviation. Innovations, premieres, and new products – general aviation once again has a strong presence on Lake Constance.
International – Informative – Innovative
In the frame of AERO CONFERENCES aviation specialists and connoisseurs of the industry presented and discussed current topics and latest developments available for everyone.
In hall A6 the Avionics Avenue informed about flight control and management systems, communications systems, navigation devices, displays, weather radar, and air and ground radar systems of different manufacturers at first glance.
Possibilities to experience the avionic equipment by yourself were given in the Headset Test Area or learn about new developments in product presentations and workshops.
ENGINE AREA 2017
Engines and propulsion systems have been in the focus of the Engine Area again at the AERO Friedrichshafen 2017. Whether it be radial engines, hybrid propulsion systems or electric motors, this special exhibition gave its visitors a comprehensive overview of the products available on the market.
Moreover, additional topics such as maintenance and engine management have been part of the Engine Area 2017.
AERODrones UAS EXPO (Civilian Drones)
The UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) EXPO comprised a comprehensive range of manufacturers of UAS as well as sensor and measuring devices and information on the current stage of development in the field of UAS.
In Rothaus hall A1 demonstration flights showcased the many purposes UAS serve, some of which are environmental research and earth.
The e-flight expo organised in co-operation with Flying Pages GmbH was, once again, a major section at AERO Friedrichshafen 2017 in hall A7.
In addition to the e-flight expo special exhibition, there have been dedicated e-flight lectures at AERO. As part of the AERO Conferences, high-calibre speakers talked about the history and development of electric flight.
“AEROkunst”, an exhibition of works from various artists and presented by the German “fliegermagazin”, returned for the third time to AERO this year. A diverse range of artwork including photography, painting, furniture, graphic painting and sculpture were on display. As in 2016, a piece of art from one of the participating artists were raffled off each day, shortly before the trade show closed its doors. Of course, all of the displayed artwork is also available for sale.
Reinhard Finke – VdN
The countdown to the 25th anniversary AERO 2017 has begun!
The anniversary edition of the AERO is on track for very strong bookings. In April 2017, Europe‘s largest general aviation trade fair will be offering a comprehensive program for the 25th time and all indications point to record participation by exhibitors. More than 600 companies will be present at the fairgrounds in Friedrichshafen, where they will show off the entire spectrum of general aviation, ranging from gliders and ultralight aircraft to multi-engine business jets, helicopters and gyrocopters. With a special flight program, the e-flight flying display, and the e-flight expo in Hall 7, the focus on electric aircraft will be even stronger and more comprehensive than before. Attention will also be given to other special theme areas such as Avionics Avenue, the Engine Area and the UAS Expo/Aerodrones for civilian drones and unmanned aircraft. With its broad, comprehensive range and the many new innovations that exhibitors have announced for the show, the AERO is one of the world’s most important general aviation exhibitions.
Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellman and project leader Roland Bosch are pleased that exhibition space for the 25th AERO is almost sold out as of November 2016. “Electric aircraft are now enjoying wide acceptance within the aviation industry and have arrived in the consciousness of aviation experts,” said Roland Bosch, assessing one of the focus areas of the 25th anniversary edition of the AERO. Many premieres in electric flight will be presented at Lake Constance next April. One obvious sign of this dynamic development is the move of the e-flight-expo from its previous location in the West Foyer to Hall A7. At the same time, for the AERO project leader, the outstanding state of bookings for the anniversary edition of the show is a sign that presenting themselves to potential customers in Friedrichshafen is a must for aviation companies.
Alles was fliegt – Everything that flies – will also be the motto of the AERO in 2017: The range of aircraft at the show stretches from sailplanes, ultralights, single- and multi-engine piston-driven aircraft, helicopters, gyrocopters and turboprops all the way up to multi-engine jets. Visitors will also be able to experience civilian drones and unmanned aircraft. New engines, the most advanced avionics and aviation services and accessories will be additional focal points at the AERO 2017.
The e-flight-expo is also getting a special push from the fact that industry giants like Siemens and Airbus gotten into the development of electrically powered aircraft. At the same time, the maiden flight of a four-seat aircraft powered by fuel cells and driven by an electric motor in fall 2016 made headlines in Germany. Whereas until now electric propulsion has been used primarily in ultralights and powered gliders, such propulsion systems are now being used in single engine piston planes and even in aerobatic aircraft, something that several manufacturers will show off at the AERO 2017.
The UAS-Expo/Aerodrones special theme area, on the other hand, represents the area of aviation that is growing the fastest. New suppliers of so-called Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – civilian drones and unmanned aircraft – will be showing off their new models and applications in the special show. New problems that are arising as a result of the different demands that users are placing upon our shared airspace will also be discussed in 2017 as part of the UAS Expo. Manned as well as unmanned aircraft from several different manufacturers, equipped with the most modern sensor and measurement technology, will be on display. Drone races (FPV drone racing) and an inflight airfield are also planned as part of the UAS Expo in 2017. “We want to use this to especially appeal to a younger target audience and motivate them to visit the AERO,” adds Roland Bosch, “which is also why we will have flight simulators waiting for the younger visitors.”
The 25th AERO is taking place from April 5 to 8, 2017 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
VdN – Reinhard Finke