The Paris Air Show opened to the public last weekend and was a great success. There were more than 200,000 aviation enthusiasts and simple spectators looking for an exciting day out ; almost 15% more than the last edition two years ago. The general public were able to see the latest innovations, or apply for work in the sector, but of particular interest were the hundred or so aircraft, on view on the 200,000 sq.m. ( 50 acres) static display area.
Of course the real highlights of the show are always the daily air displays, and those who wanted to get closer to the action, could offer themselves one of the 3,000 seats in the stands installed for the occasion next to the runway. The public also had 30,000 m2 ( 7.4 acres ) of lawn, and giant screens installed around the show to watch the aerobatics of the various aircraft in the Parisian sky from all angles.
" I came to see in particular the Airbus A380 and the Airbus A400M, the cargo. "
" The dreamliner 787-5, that is the big happening today."
Pride of place on the programme, as always, went to aerobatics, especially with the show-stopper performance from the Patrouille de France, the precision aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force.
The next edition of the world’s biggest air show is in 2017.