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Today opening of the International Aerospace and Aviation Fair ILA 2012 Berlin Air Show 1109124

 
 
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ILA 2012 Air Show
Aerospace Aviation Exhibition
Berlin, Germany

11 - 16 September 2012
 
 
ILA 2012 Berlin Air Show press release
 
 
Today opening of the International Aerospace and Aviation Fair ILA 2012 Berlin Air Show.
 
The International Air Show Berlin ILA 2012 is all set to go on its new exhibition grounds. From 11 to 16 September the world’s longest-running air show will inaugurate Berlin ExpoCenter Airport, directly adjacent to BER, the capital’s future airport, with a record number of exhibitors. 1,243 exhibitors from 46 countries (2010: 1,153/47) will present a wide range of high-tech products, systems and processes from all branches of the aerospace industry at continental Europe’s leading aerospace exhibition.
     
The International Air Show Berlin ILA 2012 is all set to go on its new exhibition grounds. From 11 to 16 September the world’s longest-running air show will inaugurate Berlin ExpoCenter Airport, directly adjacent to BER, the capital’s future airport, with a record number of exhibitors. 1,243 exhibitors from 46 countries (2010: 1,153/47) will present a wide range of high-tech products, systems and processes from all branches of the aerospace industry at continental Europe’s leading aerospace exhibition.
ILA 2012 - Berlin ExpoCenter Airport (Copyright Messe Berlin GmbH.)
     
Around 40 per cent of the exhibitors are from abroad. Poland, this year's partner country, will host impressive displays in every section of the show as well as flying shows. Leading representatives will include the Deputy Minister President and Minister of Economics of the Republic of Poland, Waldemar Pawlak, and the Polish Minister of Defence, Tomasz Siemoniak. Companies from Estonia, Greece, Ireland and Serbia will be taking part for the first time.

The International Suppliers Center (ISC), the ILA HeliCenter, the Aerospace section and the ILA CareerCenter will all feature large numbers of exhibitors. New sections include the UAS Plaza’s display of unmanned aircraft systems, the General Aviation section at roger Airfield and the Alternative Aircraft Fuels display. Overall, the 250,000 square metres of the grounds are taken up by halls and chalets covering 50,000 square metres and an outdoor display area for aerospace industry exhibits occupying 100,000 square metres. Access routes and spectator areas cover a further 100,000 square metres. On 11 September Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel will open ILA 2012 during a tour of the show.

ILA 2012 is organised jointly by the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) and Messe Berlin GmbH.

Dr. Thomas Enders, President of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI): “The ILA is one of the world’s leading air shows, an aerospace technology display in the air and on the ground and a dialogue forum for politics, research, science and industry. With so many international exhibitors, its focus on up-to-the-minute topics such as alternative fuels and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with its own international venue for the entire aerospace supply chain (International Suppliers Center ISC), with Europe’s largest career platform (ILA CareerCenter) and with its unique Aerospace section, ILA can justifiably lay claim to being one of the industry’s leading event. Poland, this year’s partner country of the ILA, has a fast-growing aerospace industry that is attracting considerable attention.“

Raimund Hosch, Chief Executive Officer, Messe Berlin GmbH: “Berlin ExpoCenter Airport provides us with an outstanding venue for hosting leading international events such as the ILA next to the capital’s future airport BER. The new exhibition grounds are the ideal venue to successfully present a high-tech industry and meet the market’s needs. ExpoCenter Airport’s outstanding geographical location makes it highly attractive not only for air industry related shows but also for trade fairs, presentations and events of all kinds.“

Around 270 aircraft of every type and size, as well as from all eras will be on display on the ground and in the air. They include the world’s two most modern and largest airliners, the Airbus A-380 and Boeing 747-8. The ILA’s programme of events features numerous product debuts as well as experienced pilots giving aerial displays, including aerobatics, fighter jet displays and formation flying. With the aircraft on show including unmanned aircraft systems of all sizes, the A-400M military transporter, the Airbus Super transporter from Beluga, the X-3 Hybrid Demonstrator from Eurocopter, the Polish version of the Black Hawk helicopter, ultra-modern fighters, the national aerobatics squadrons of Poland (Bialo-Czerwone Iskry / White and Red Sparks) and that of Turkey (Turkish Stars), the ILA 2012 has everything to warm the heart of aviation enthusiasts. The displays span every era, ranging from the Messerschmitt Bf 109, Me 262 and several Bölkow aircraft, to the EADS Heritage Flight and finally to the fully solar-powered Elektra One Solar. They also include the research fleet of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as well as spectacular exhibits in the Aerospace Hall.

The show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first three days of the show (11 to 13 September) are reserved exclusively for trade visitors. On the Open Weekend for the public (14 to 16 Sept.) the main attraction will be a world-class programme of flying displays.