Attend the Berlin Air Show 2008

The Berlin Air Show is a joint undertaking by Messe Berlin GmbH and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), and takes place every two years. The 2008 Berlin Air Show (ILA) is set to take place from 27 May to 1 June 2008 at the Schoenefeld Airport. The first three days of the air show will be devoted to interaction between aerospace product vendors and political, military and civil decision makers from Central and Eastern Europe. The Berlin Air Show will welcome visitors from the general public from 30 May to 1 June 2008.

The German armed forces (Bundeswehr) will be displaying a wide variety of aircraft, both on the ground and in the air. These will include the Eurofighter, P-3C Orion and Tiger Helicopter, as well as the MedEvac-Airbus. Visitors will be given the opportunity to put their flying skills to the test in a Eurofighter simulator, as well as witness demonstrations of combat capabilities by the German armed forces together with the air force.

The General Aviation Hall will feature static displays of a range of business jets, as well as a range of airplanes for private use. For the first time the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) will be represented at the Berlin Air Show. The HeliCenter will include static displays of a variety of helicopters, from models for private use through to large air rescue models.

As a partner country of the Berlin Air Show and one of Asia’s fastest growing markets, India plans to organize an eye-catching national display at the International Aerospace Exhibition. Representatives from 25 Indian companies are planning to set up exhibitions and visitors will get to see the HJT-36 Sitara, a single-jet trainer, as well as civilian and military helicopters as ground and air displays. Spectators can watch the Indian Air Force Suryakiran (Sun Ray) aerobatics team showcase their flying skills as part of the program.

Business people and key government and military figures can look forward to informative conferences throughout the six-day event. These conferences will focus on subjects such as Commercial Air Transport, Spaceflight, Defense and Security, Equipment and Engines, General Aviation, Research and Development, Maintenance and Technical Services, and Politics and Economy. Additionally, the International Suppliers Center (ISC) will provide a “show within a show”, which affords suppliers to the aerospace industry the opportunity to exhibit their products to industry-specific visitors.

The 2006 Berlin Air Show attracted a total of more than 250,000 visitors, of which about 115,000 were trade visitors, to enjoy aerobatic displays and more than 1,000 exhibitions from 42 countries. The organizers are confident that the 2008 Berlin Air Show will be even more successful and exciting.