The great aerospace exhibition and airshow in Berlin

The great aerospace exhibition and airshow in Berlin
02/06/2018 pilotpatrick
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Hello my Aviator,

since my early childhood, I am fascinated with aviation. It is an industry of passion, dreams and great achievements. The dream to fly is as old as mankind itself, but aviation, as we know it today, is still quite young. Even if I have to deal with aviation every day, my fascination has not ceased. That is why I visited the ILA in Berlin, which is one of a leading aerospace exhibition and airshow worldwide. Explore all kinds of different aircraft up close with me in this blog and my vlog below. 

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Static display of the ILA 2018

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Turbulent weather on the static display

I ‘ve never known an industry that can get into people’s blood the way aviation does.

— Robert Six, founder of Continental Airlines.

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Airbus A350 cockpit

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Cabin of the A350

The ILA Berlin focuses on aerospace innovations in five categories: Aviation, Space, Defense & Security, Supplier and Special Features. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the show on one day and the weather was quite turbulent. It was sunny, rainy and stormy at the same time. That is why I concentrate on the static display with over 200 aircraft and the airshow.

I had the great chance to visit the new Airbus A350 from inside and I even could talk to the test pilot in the cockpit. Last time I visited the ILA many years ago, the A350 was still a project of Airbus and has not been in the air yet. I remember sitting in a cabin mock-up and I was surprised how wide the cabin was. That is why the aircraft is called A350 XWB standing for extra wide body. Now it was great to see the final product.

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Additionally, I visited the A380 of Emirates. It was actually the first time for me to be on board of an Emirates aircraft. I was truly impressed about the luxurious cabin and I really liked the bar and lounge area for Business and Frist Class passengers. I hope I will soon have the chance to experience the amenities during a flight.

Next to the A380 was an A340 experimental aircraft. The outer wing sections are designed for highly smooth airflow over their surfaces. Known as natural laminar flow, such smoothed passage of air creates less drag than the airflow on traditional wings, potentially reducing fuel burn by as much as 4.6 percent on an 800-nautical mile trip. (source: Airbus)

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First time in First Class in Emirates

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Bar on the upper deck of the A380 of Emirates

The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.

— Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft Corporation.

Additionally, I visited the A380 of Emirates. It was actually the first time to be on board of an Emirates aircraft. I was truly impressed about the luxurious cabin and what I like the most was the bar and lounge area for Business and Frist Class passengers. I hope I will soon have the chance to experience the amenities during a flight.

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inside the A310 of the German airforce (medical aircraft)

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Experimental aircraft of Airbus

Find your employer of tomorrow

There is the potential to get a job at an air show. It happened to me eight years ago. Back then I went to the “Aero” in Friedrichshafen, Germany, which is an exhibition of the General Aviation. Just by coincidence I met the CEO of the first company I flew for. After a short conversation I was invited to a job interview and already a couple of weeks later I went to the type rating in the UK.

The ILA even offered a CareerCenter, where you can talk to your potential employer and get to know companies better. You also had the chance to meet different flight schools during the public days.

 

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inside of the A340 experimental aircraft

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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines of the A350

Since I work in the aviation industry, I am around aircraft on a daily basis. Never the less my fascination has not ceased. It is impressive to see how fast paced this industry is and which great innovations engineers come up with. Not every day you have the chance to walk up close the engine and landing gear of the new A350 or visit the entire cabin of the A380 of Emirates or walk into the cargo deck of the Antonov 225, the world biggest cargo airplane. Due to the stormy weather, some flight displays had to be canceled. That’s aviation. Everything depends on numerous factors.

Have you been to an airshow?

Safe travels and happy landings

Your PilotPatrick

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Cherryl Chew

Hi Patrick, thanks a lot for this blog post. I never been to any airshows before and l wish l could. It was really awesome that l could see all the amazing and wonderful aircrafts here especially A380. It is such a huge aircraft. I love it so much and l am truly impressed with all the facilities there. I didn’t know there are medical and experimental inside the aircrafts as well. Thanks for sharing it and this is really a great knowledge for me. I hope that you will have more opportunities to go to all these excellent events… Read more »

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