This year’s EBACE marked an optimism that the industry is turning a corner in Europe as manufacturers debuted new aircraft models at a full-capacity static display, attendance appeared on the upswing, and the exhibit floor exceeded expectations.
Fifty-nine aircraft arrived at EBACE, including a number of first-time visitors to the tarmac such as the Cessna Citation Longitude, Piper M600, Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet and Nextant G90XT. The static display was moved to a new location as a result of ongoing construction at host Geneva International Airport; NBAA and co-host EBAAarranged for convenient shuttle buses to the display ramp.
Meanwhile, 413 exhibitors brought new and innovative displays such as a holographic display at GDC Technics that provides a glimpse of the company’s transportable holographic tool, which the company is developing for its cabin design work. Ruag, meanwhile, brought a “glowing” pod that demonstrates its interior acoustic capabilities. Also, three aircraft mockups came to the show.
As for attendance, the show floors remained busy and visitors appeared to be at least on target with expectations through the first two days, according to show organizers.