AERO 2022 was a great success
The popularity of AERO 2022 (April 27 - 30) shows how indispensable face-to-face meetings are for an industry. 27’700 trade visitors from 75 nations flocked to the exhibition center on Lake Constance, which was almost completely booked with 633 exhibitors, during the four days of the trade show. Klaus Wellmann, Managing Director of Messe Friedrichshafen, summed up the event with satisfaction: "The sun came out when the trade show gates opened for the international aviation industry after a long pandemic. Reunions radiated throughout AERO and the industry was once again shown the value of face-to-face networking, chance encounters, as well as many scheduled appointments and physical product experiences." Among the new products on display for the first time at AERO were the Alpi Twin twin-engine aircraft from Italian manufacturer Alpi Aviation, the A414 four-seat single-engine aircraft from Aquila Aviation from Schönhagen, Germany, the Elixir 915iS two-seat training and touring aircraft from the French company Elixir Aircraft with a 100 hp (74 kW) Rotax 915iS engine, the VL3 Evolution ultralight aircraft from the Belgian/Czech manufacturer JMB Aircraft with a turboprop engine from the French manufacturer Turbotech, and the Junkers A50 Junior and Junkers A60 ultralight aircraft.
Daher unveiled the latest high-end version of its TBM
At Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, Lakeland, Florida, and at AERO in Friedrichshafen Daher unveiled the latest high-end version of its TBM pressurized single turboprop aircraft family – the TBM 960 – which incorporates Pratt & Whitney Canada’s advanced PT6E-66XT engine and a fully digital e-throttle, along with a digitally-controlled cabin that incorporates an all-new environmental control system, LED ambience lighting and electrically-dimmable windows. The TBM 960 retains the rapid speed of Daher’s TBM family while enabling lower fuel consumption. At Daher’s recommended cruise setting of 308 kts., the fuel consumption is only 57 U.S. gallons per hour, which is a 10% fuel economy compared to maximum cruise setting for more sustainability.
Falcon 10X enters next phase
Things are getting real in the development of the Falcon 10X ultra-long range business jet. That is to say, the first structural elements, equipment and sub-assemblies are being built at Dassault facilities around France and Switzerland, including its new Factory 4.0 smart manufacturing facility in Seclin. A 10X test bench in Saint-Cloud and Istres, France, will develop and test systems and flight controls. In June, Dassault will launch a newsletter dedicated to the 10X to keep you up-to-date on this penthouse in the sky as it progresses to first flight in early 2024.
People: Josef Felder designated Chairman of the Board of Directors of Flughafen Zürich AG
The 2022 Annual General Meeting of Flughafen Zürich AG focused on the annual report 2021 and the developments of the current financial year. All items on the agenda were approved in accordance with the proposals of the Board of Directors, including the waiver of the payment of dividends in accordance with the principles of the applicable dividend policy. The members of the Board of Directors standing for re-election, Corine Mauch, Guglielmo Brentel, Josef Felder, Stephan Gemkow and Andreas Schmid (Chairman), were elected for another year. The Chairman of the Board of Directors Andreas Schmid has decided not to stand for re-election at the 2023 Annual General Meeting and to step down from the Board of Directors of Flughafen Zürich AG at that time. The designated successor is Josef Felder, a long-standing member of the Board of Directors and former CEO of Flughafen Zürich AG. Josef Felder was CEO of Flughafen Zürich AG from 2000 until the end of 2007. Prior to this he managed Flughafen-Immobilien-Gesellschaft and held management-level positions at the Swiss airline Crossair. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Flughafen Zürich AG since 2017 and will take over as Vice-Chairman as of the General Meeting of Shareholders in April 2022. He is also in charge of the Audit and Finance Committee. Josef Felder has been a full-time member of the Board of Directors since 2008. His other current directorships include AMAG Group AG, HTC Corporation and Schifffahrtsgesellschaft Vierwaldstättersee (SGV) AG.