ILA Berlin 2018 Welcomes Aerospace World to Berlin

By Editor 17-Mar-2018


Berlin is all set to give a lift-off for innovation as ILA Berlin 2018, one of the most innovative aerospace events in the world, is ready to take-off at the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport on April 25 to 29. With the aerospace world growing fast every other day, the event will offer a platform to create new business opportunities and find the employees of tomorrow. At ILA Berlin 2018, more than 1,000 exhibitors are expected to showcase their expertise from civil aviation to defence, security and space, and from major corporations to highly specialized suppliers. As the demand for qualified workers is steadily increasing, the event will have a ILA CareerCenter to entice the next generation of employees and recent graduates.

ILA Berlin is the leading fair for innovations at the heart of Europe, where prominent manufacturers, experts and political decision-makers meet to determine how to address the issues facing the aerospace industry in the future. The latest edition will focus on aerospace innovations in five categories: Aviation, Space, Defence & Security, Supplier and Special Features. The event will give a breakthrough for unmanned flight and self-pilot aircraft, which is currently making rapid progress in the world. All over the world engineers are developing entirely new concepts and business models such as air taxis that can pilot themselves. The ILA will show what is already possible and the challenges that still need to be overcome.

One of the highlight of the event will be the CityAirbus. Airbus is using this innovative aircraft to focus on the constantly increasing transport problems in the world’s main cities. The CityAirbus is a battery-powered electric aircraft for the passenger transport of the future. It can take off and land vertically and a later version is also intended to be self-piloting. The first flight is planned for December this year. Airbus is also presenting its Zephyr, a solar-powered drone that can remain at high altitudes for several weeks, thereby offering an alternative to commercial satellites.

On April 24 the first Berlin Aviation Summit, claimed to be a take-off for the ‘Davos of aviation’, will be organised by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI). The summit will bring together outstanding personalities from the industry to discuss the main challenges and opportunities in aviation in the 21st century, including the achievement of emission-free flight. The debate between Airbus CEO Tom Enders, Emirates president Sir Tim Clark, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Chief Executive Patrick Ky, Boeing International President Marc Allen and Dassault CEO Éric Trappier will examine what the aircraft of the future will look like. They will be followed by the representatives of Siemens, NASA and Solar Impulse, who will discuss the possibilities for emission-free flight.

Another highlight of this year airshow will be the ILA Future Lab, a joint venture between the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and the BDLI. It is one of the main platforms for innovations at the ILA 2018. It will concentrate on the cabins of the future, hybrid-electric flight, urban air transport and aero engines of the future, from the point of view of digitalisation, sustainability and interconnected systems. The exhibition at the ILA Future Lab will provide an insight into the federal government’s aerospace programme. At the ILA Future Lab Forum international leaders in industry and research, including the DLR and the Fraunhofer Institute, will discuss forward-looking topics. As part of the Future Lab Forum, the accelerators Airbus Bizlab, ESA BIC and STARBURST are facilitating networking between start-ups and leading players in the industry. Each day ten aspiring companies will be presenting their innovations here.

‘Space for Earth’, which is Europe’s largest space exhibition, also will take place at ILA Berlin. It will show how innovations in the space sector are improving life on earth. The data collected by the combined German-French climate mission MERLIN will be used to compile a map showing methane concentrations around the world. For the first time this is being done with the aid of laser technology, which can also take readings at night and in cloudy conditions. Space experts from all over the world will be discussing these and other innovative topics during the ILA Space Day and the Astronauts´ Day. The focus will be on the new Alexander Gerst mission, ‘Horizons’, with more innovative ISS experiments, and the Orion space research programme.

Another exhibition topic will be the new Ariane 6 launcher, which includes a gas generator manufactured entirely by 3D printing and, for the first time, has a cryogenic, re-ignitable upper stage, knows as Vinci. Space for Society is also a highlight, comparing how space research affects our daily lives, and what our everyday world would look like without it.

Another innovation hub at the ILA will be the HeliLounge, spotlighting the indispensable role that modern helicopters play in both the military and the civilian fields. Helicopters are vitally important in military operations of all kinds and intensities, disaster missions, transporting the sick and casualties, police operations and servicing offshore facilities. Innovative concepts such as hybrid and fully electrically powered helicopters will be featured at the ILA. Experts in this field will also be on hand to explain the various careers associated with helicopters.