The Aero 2016 show in the German city of Friedrichshafen on the shores of Lake Constance was a success according to organisers.
Some 30,000 visitors attended the event, Europe’s largest and most important general aviation trade show, where more than 600 companies from 35 different countries displayed their latest products, from ultralights and gliders to business jets, helicopters and electric aircraft.
Whole aircraft parachute recovery systems, in other words parachutes that don’t just protect a single passenger but the entire plane, are a growing trend.
On display at Friedrichshafen was the single-jet Vision SF50 from Cirrus Aircraft, a brand new business jet. Once it receives operating approval later this year, it will be the world’s first business jet to be delivered with a parachute rescue system standard.
“The parachute that is on this airplane is call CAPS – the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. We’ve had a parachute on every airplane we’ve ever made – that’s 6.300 planes. If the pilot is in an emergency, when all other things have failed, anyone in the airplane can pull a handle and the entire airplane will come down under a parachute,” explained Todd Simmons, Customer Experience President at Cirrus Aircraft.
Drones were also very popular at the Friedrichshafen show. With its racing drones, the exhibition’s indoor flight hall was aimed at seducing the younger, Playstation generation and electronics enthusiasts. Users wear glasses that provide them with a video image taken from the drone, giving them a pilot’s perspective.
But with an estimated three million drones circulating in Europe today, calls are growing for better “aviation awareness”.