3 Things You Need to Know about Paris Air Show 2017

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The 52nd International Paris Air Show will take place June 19-25, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily at the Exhibition Center of Le Bourget Airport, a few kilometers North of Paris. The show will be limited to trade visitors June 19-22, and will be open to the general public June 23-25. It is a massive commercial event, bringing together all the global industry players around the latest technological innovations. All major international manufacturers, as well as representatives of the military forces of many countries, attend, and major sales contracts are announced by manufacturers during the show.

Precipart, a preferred supplier of high precision gears, gearboxes and electromechanical assemblies for a wide spectrum of aerospace applications, will exhibit at the International Paris Air Show. We will be presenting at the show in Hall 3 Stand C1, and our engineers will be showing product samples including, anti-backlash gearboxes, RVDTs, carrier assemblies, speed increasers, speed reducers and electro-mechanical assemblies. Contact us if you’re interested in stopping by. We’d love to meet with you!

Here are three things to know about the air show:


It’s the World’s Oldest Air Show

The show, established in 1909 and also known as “Salon international de l’aéronautique et de l’espace de Paris-Le Bourget, Salon du Bourget,” claims to be the world’s calendar-oldest air show and is organized by the French aerospace industry’s primary representative body, the Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales (GIFAS). Held every odd year at Le Bourget Airport in north Paris, France, the show’s format is similar to the Farnborough International Airshow in Britain and the ILA Berlin Air Show, both of which are staged in alternate years to the Paris show. (Fun Fact: Le Bourget aerodrome is where Charles Lindbergh landed after his 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis)

The show traces its history back to the first decade of the 20th century, when in 1908 a section of the Paris Motor Show was dedicated to aircraft. From September 25 to October 17, 1909, a dedicated air show was held at the Grand Palais with 380 exhibitors displaying products and innovations and 100,000 visitors in attendance. The show was interrupted by both World Wars, and finally relocated from the Grand Palais to Le Bourget in 1953. The show has grown to become the premier event in the aeronautical sector.

It’s Huge

The 2015 show had 149,947 trade visitors, 201,637 general public visitors, 122,500 square meters of exhibition space sold, 192,000 square meters of exhibition space for aircraft, and 150 aircraft performing flying displays. The show was visited by 296 official delegations from 91 countries, featured 2,303 exhibitors from 48 countries, and was covered by 4,359 accredited journalists, with 130 billion dollars of orders announced, consolidating its leadership as the world’s biggest aeronautics marketplace.

It’s Got Everything Aerospace

  • Aircraft: Construction, assemblies and sub-assemblies
  • Space: Spacecraft, satellite, telecommunications
  • Aircraft engines, aerospace power plants, and related equipment
  • Airborne equipment and systems (including weapons)
  • Pilot and navaids
  • Cabin interiors
  • Production equipment, tools and software
  • Subcontracting (mechanical engineering and composite materials, aircraft interiors, etc.)
  • Composite materials and surface treatment
  • Maintenance, product support and spares, transport
  • Services
  • Airport equipment and services