ILA 2018: Firework of innovations
2018 ILA Berlin was the attraction of the international aviation industry. 1,100 exhibitors from 41 countries demonstrated their high-tech products, research and development projects. More than 180,000 trade and public visitors attended the leading aviation industry exhibition of innovations. The highlights:
INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE OF FLYING
The topics eco-efficiency and digitalization dominate the current debate in the aviation industry. ILA Berlin displayed pioneering innovations, such as the worldwide first pre-series demonstrator of a pressure bulkhead made out of ultralight CFRP. A significant weight reduction and thus fuel savings is achieved by this new material. Rolls-Royce demonstrated its vision of an interconnected and adaptive engine at ILA Berlin. Thanks to digital technology engines will recognize and report in advance the necessity of maintenance and repair work.
UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS ON THE RISE
Autonomous flying air taxis could soon determine the future of urban mobility. At ILA FutureLab Airbus presented its plans with the CityAirbus model. Some day the autonomous flying helicopter shall transport four passengers within one city. Already by the end of 2018 this aircraft shall start for its maiden flight. Also at ILA FutureLab the start-up Skysense demonstrated its innovative charging system for drone batteries. The system increases the flight duration of drones and thus extends its fields of applications. Skysense is already in use by NASA, General Electrics, Prosegur and companies in the areas of security, inspections, logistic and agriculture.
LARGEST SPACE EXHIBITION IN EUROPE
ILA Berlin is the major space exhibition in Europe. Current and future missions as well as the subsequent benefits of these missions for humankind were displayed in a dedicated space hall. The Astronauts’ Day and the ILA Space Day give insights into life in space and form an important stage for discussion for essential future space topics.
FASCINATION OF FLYING
On the ground and in the air around 200 aircraft were on display. Among them civil premieres like the 100th Emirates A380, the A350 and A340 BLADE, the Airbus Beluga, Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8 and the Antonov 225. In military aviation ILA 2018 scored with the naval surveillance aircraft Kawasaki P1 from Japan, the US-American stealth multirole fighter F35 and the heavy-lift cargo helicopter CH-53K from Lockheed Martin.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF GERMANY SUPPORTS THE AVIATION INDUSTRY
ILA 2018 also showed: The German politics stands behind the industry. Chancellor Angela Merkel in company with the Federal Minister of Transportation Andreas Scheuer and the new coordinator for the aviation industry Thomas Jarzombek officially opened the exhibition. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier announced investment in the areas of digitalization, unmanned mobility and eco-efficiency. And Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen together with her French counterpart paved the way for several joint armament programmes, among them the development of a new generation of fighter jet.
AVIATION IS A HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY LIKE NO OTHER. AT ILA BERLIN, THE INDUSTRY SHOWS WHAT IT’S GOT.
What materials will be used to manufacture aircraft in 20 years? What will production and the logistics chain look like tomorrow? And when will the first electric mid-range aircraft be ready for takeoff? At ILA Berlin, our focus is the future.
SPACE: IT’S ALL AROUND US AT ILA BERLIN. LIKE NO OTHER EXHIBITION.
Space is about innovating our way into the future. In today’s digitized world, space offers a growing international market with networks that go beyond borders. That’s why international contacts are more important than ever before. ILA Berlin brings together the global space community.
DEFENSE & SECURITY
DEFENSE NEEDS A STRONG INDUSTRY BEHIND IT. AT ILA BERLIN, THE SECTOR SHOWS WHAT IT’S MADE OF.
Cybercrime, asymmetrical warfare, terrorism – policymakers are continually confronted with new threats. At ILA Berlin, the defense industry and military show how they protect countries.
ILA BERLIN IS AN INTERACTIVE BUSINESS PLATFORM FOR SUPPLIERS.
Suppliers are the bedrock of the aerospace industry. Connect with customers and partners, and set up meetings for the next big deal.
ILA BERLIN SHOWCASES THE MOST IMPORTANT TRENDS IN AEROSPACE.
Aerospace is being continually revolutionized through new innovations. ILA Berlin provides a stage for the industry’s most important new ideas.
Touch base with partners over a coffee, join a discussion about electric aircraft over lunch, and then it’s off to a meeting with representatives from the ministry. End the day with a bit of networking at one of the many receptions. You can do this and much more at ILA Berlin.
- Network with key stakeholders from around the world with the ILA delegate program.
- Find the perfect marketplace for the supplier industry at the International Suppliers Center ISC.
- Discuss the key issues of the future with experts at ILA Conferences, in workshops and seminars.
- Introduce your company at the ILA CareerCenter to recruit tomorrow’s new hires.
- Marvel at the impressive innovations on display at the ILA flight demonstrations.
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