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AERO to take off with record participation

Press Release

Friedrichshafen - The 27th AERO, with its comprehensive range of products and services on offer, will held from April 10 to 13, 2019, on Lake Constance as Europe’s general aviation center: The spectrum of aircraft exhibited in Friedrichshafen will extend from gliders and ultra-lights to Echo class planes through to helicopters and business jets. Drones for civilian use and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air taxis of the future will play a role at AERO. Electric flight will be even more prominently exhibited at the e-flight-expo. Avionics Avenue, the Engine Area, and Be a Pilot are areas that will round out AERO’s specialized exhibits and programming. The Flight Simulator Area will appeal to both beginners and experienced pilots among the trade visitors.
Klaus Wellmann, Messe Friedrichshafen CEO, and Roland Bosch, Head of AERO General Aviation, are delighted that so many renowned general aviation manufacturers will be present at AERO Friedrichshafen with exciting innovations. "The international trade fair not only shows the current variety of models available for general aviation but also provides an outlook on concepts of the future,” explains Show Director Tobias Bretzel. With more than 700 exhibitors from 38 countries (as of Feb. 21, 2019), AERO 2019 will set a new record in terms of industry participation.

Details on the specialist areas of AERO 2019:

AERO Friedrichshafen started with glider manufacturers more than 40 years ago. Whether single or double-seater and from training gliders to the "Super Orchidee,” visitors will be able to find everything. The German manufacturers in particular are regarded as world leaders and have a long tradition. Manufacturers from Eastern Europe and South Africa will now also be exhibiting numerous innovations on Lake Constance. In addition to the proven winch and towing aircraft launching system, retractable propulsion units with various propulsion systems, such as piston and electric motors, are increasingly being used.

Ultralight aircraft
Ultralight aircraft are part of the sector with the most innovation in light aviation. For example, ultralights in the form of gliders or powered aircraft, as well as gyrocopters or UL helicopters, are represented in large numbers at the AERO: starting with the puristic 120-kilogram single-seater, which comes close to the erstwhile idea of extremely simple ultra-light flying, and continuing all the way up to the new 600-kilogram weight class. A decision has been made to increase the maximum take-off weight for three-axle ultralight aircraft from 472 to 600 kilograms throughout Europe. This regulation will be implemented promptly in Germany. The fair will also offer information on whether and how previous 472-kilogram ultralights can be equipped to take advantage of the higher weight class.

Business aviation
Business aviation is increasingly becoming an important topic at AERO, with the backbone of business aviation being formed by small jets and turboprops in particular, which continue to enjoy great popularity due to their low fuel consumption and short take-off and landing distances. This topic area will be complemented by a special conference program: in cooperation with the German Business Aviation Association (GBAA), various lectures will be held on Thursday morning to present the wide range of business aviation applications, which also include ADS-B retrofitting and the use of business jets in ambulance aviation.

Powered aircraft
The leading manufacturers will be represented on Lake Constance, from one- and two-motor piston engine planes to aircraft with propeller turbines. This large variety of aircraft types forms the backbone within general aviation. The new model years of proven Echo class planes will be on exhibit, along with several aircraft making a premiere at the trade fair. In view of an impending pilot shortage, enrollment is currently very high at flight schools worldwide. As a result, manufacturers of traditional one- and two-motor piston engine airplanes are experiencing an enormous surge in demand, especially for their training aircraft. These include many propeller planes with single turbines, which have recently been certified in Europe for commercial air traffic flying under instrument flight operation conditions, giving manufacturers new sales markets.

Ten years ago, AERO Friedrichshafen launched e-flight-expo, the world’s first exhibition for electric aircraft. When this area was launched, the idea of powering aircraft electrically still seemed futuristic. New challenges like air pollution and climate change are requiring new solutions and approaches worldwide. More and more airplane types, including commercial aircraft, are to be powered by electric or hybrid propulsion systems in the future. In addition, corporations and start-ups are involved in the development of vertical take-off electric flight projects. Several taxi drones are already flying in test operation. At e-flight-expo, these concepts for the future can be seen, along with electric aircraft that can already be ordered.

AERODrones/UAS Expo
This year’s AERODrones/UAS Expo special exhibition can be found near the manned aviation area of e-flight-expo. The various application possibilities and the topic of drone driving licenses prove the relevance of civilian drones in aviation. In cooperation with UAV Dach, Germany’s association for unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft of this category that are equipped with state-of-the-art sensor and measurement technology will be presented. In the outdoor area, there will be a Flight Zone for Unmanned Aerial Systems. For the first time, a closed trade event for police departments will take place in Hall A2 on the first two days of the fair.

Engine Area
The Engine Area is well established at AERO. Once again, modern aircraft engines from various manufacturers will be presented in a separate area, including conventional combustion engines and innovative electric and hybrid propulsion systems. The focus is also on maintenance and engine management as well as development of sustainable fuels. Sustainable fuel and power2liquid are also covered in the AERO Conferences area.

Avionics Avenue
On Avionics Avenue in Hall A6, everything revolves around aircraft on-board equipment. Navigation and collision warning devices, apps for flight planning, and the Headset Test Area will be presented. The ADS-B ultimatum, which expires in a few months (in the USA at the end of 2019, in Europe in June 2020), forces aircraft owners to retrofit the new transponder technology. The changeover is guaranteeing full order books for avionics suppliers. This change applies to all aircraft owners whose aircraft fly faster than 250 knots and weigh more than 5.7 tons. There will be a special presentation on the ADS-B upgrade at the Business Aviation Conference.

Flight Simulator Area
Visitors will once again find the Flight Simulator Area (FSA) in Hall A6. The focus there will be on professional pilot training, simulators, and software solutions for beginners who want to find out for themselves what controlling an aircraft or helicopter feels like. A presentation of simulators approved for training is also planned. Accompanying presentations will take place in the Forum next to the FSA.

Helicopter Hangar
Helicopters are becoming increasingly important at AERO Friedrichshafen. In the Helicopter Hangar in Hall B5, the central venue is the joint booth of the German Helicopter Association.  The stand includes exhibits of the member companies from a wide variety of industries, ranging from air rescue to passenger transport through to working aviation. The German Helicopter Club will also be represented as an important partner. Helicopters with piston engines or turbines for training or private and commercial use will be on display. The Heli Forum, which is integrated directly into Hall B5, offers trade presentations on current industry topics.

Be a Pilot
The pilot recruiting program "Be a Pilot” will continue this year. It offers the opportunity for visitors interested in flight training to meet with representatives from flight schools and training providers. As a result of the worldwide increase in air traffic and the resulting growth in airline fleets, the demand for pilots continues unabated, making pilot training an indispensable topic at AERO Friedrichshafen. Airlines, business aviation providers, and working aviation companies, including helicopter companies, need junior pilots and flight instructors.

AERO Conferences
More than 200 lectures, conferences, and workshops on general aviation industry topics will be held as part of the AERO Conferences. Experts from pilot associations such as AOPA, certification authorities such as EASA and FAA, and the manufacturer associations GAMA and LAMA will share information and discuss the future of aviation. At the Business Aviation Conference on Thursday, April 11, important business aviation topics will be discussed. For the first time, the Lindbergh Innovation Forum will be a guest at the AERO Conferences. In terms of content, this forum offers visitors inspiring and provocative presentations by aviation pioneers on groundbreaking technological concepts and important breakthroughs that will decisively shape the future of aviation.

Flying to AERO
As in previous years, anyone traveling to AERO in Friedrichshafen with their own aircraft needs a PPR slot. You can request one on-line starting at 6 am local time on Wednesday, March 27, by visiting If you fly in without a PPR slot, landing may not be possible, depending on the number of flights, or a post-slot fee of 50 euros will be charged. No slot reservation is required for VFR flights between 7:20 pm and 10:00 pm local time.
Every pilot landing at EDNY will receive a free day ticket to AERO.

An alternative landing opportunity without slot regulation for ultralight aircraft will again be the Markdorf Glider Airfield from Wednesday, April 10, to Saturday, April 13. It is possible to land between 8 am and 7 pm local time. A bus shuttle to AERO has been arranged.

A special service will be offered by BHS Helicopterservice, which will provide a VIP heli shuttle from locations including the slot-free IFR-suitable Mengen-Hohentengen Airfield to the AERO. The service will also include custom shuttle routes on request. Interested parties can contact the BHS ( directly.
AERO 2019 will take place from Wednesday, April 10, to Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance and will be open from Wednesday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Further information can be found at and


AERO Friedrichshafen 2019 - Brief information

press release

Date: Wednesday 10th until Saturday 13th of April, 2019

Opening hours: Wednesday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM; Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM

Organizer: Messe Friedrichshafen GmbH, 88046 Friedrichshafen

Partner organizations:
DAeC Deutscher Aero Club e.V.,
AOPA Germany,

Exhibition: more than 700 exhibitors from 38 countries, 12 exhibition halls + static display, 2 foyers, gross area of 105,000 m²

Exhibition program:
Hall A1: Gliders
Hall A2: Special Interest / Closed Event Police drones in action
Hall A3: Business Aviation, General Aviation, services, equipment
Hall A4: General Aviation, services, equipment
Hall A5: General Aviation, Engine Area, Maintenance, Propulsion Systems, Pilot Supplies, Pilot Competence Center PPC, MRO
Hall A6: Avionics Avenue, Cockpit and Onboard systems, Flight Simulator Area
Hall A7: e-flight-expo, e-VTOL, AERODrones, AEROCareer
Hall B1: UL, VLA, LSA
Hall B2: UL, VLA, LSA
Hall B3: UL, VLA, LSA
Hall B4: Gyrocopters, DaeC, DULV
Hall B5: Helicopter Hangar
Static Display: Business Aviation, Second hand aircraft
Foyer West: AERO Conference Center West, Vintage Glider, Be a pilot
Foyer East: AERO Conference Center East,  AEROkunst (Art Exhibition)

Supporting program:
AERO Conferences:
Conference Center East + Presentation Forum in Foyer East, Wed - Sat, program available at:

Special shows:
Engine Area powered by fliegermagazin in Hall A5
Avionics Avenue supported by aerokurier in Hall A6
Headset Test Area in Hall A6
Flight simulator area in cooperation with Aerosoft and FliegerRevue in Hall A6
e-flight-expo supported by FlyingPages in Hall A7
Be a Pilot supported by aerokurier and FLUG REVUE, Foyer West
AERODrones/UAS Expo supported by UAV DACH e.V in Hall A7
AEROkunst, Foyer East

 The Headlines of AERO 2019

  • Record participation: 700 exhibitors
  • The full general aviation range: From ultralights to business jets
  • Test flights: Flight Simulator Area
  • Avionics Avenue: Avionics trends and innovations
  • "Be a pilot”: Career opportunities in aviation
  • Strong demand: Ultralights, light sport aircraft and heli-hangar
  • Special exhibition Engine Area: Economical propulsion systems
  • E-flight expo shows the latest in electric aviation
  • Drones: Unmanned aeronautical systems in the civilian sector
  • AERO Conferences: More than 100 lectures, conferences, and workshops

Used aircraft: Sale of aircraft second hand, more information available at

Slot booking: Information available at

Admission prices 


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