Rotary wing aircraft at the AERO

The AERO, the general aviation show held during April 24-27 2013, will include a large and comprehensive rotary wing aircraft section.

In addition to traditional helicopters from US and European manufacturers, many gyrocopters, sales of which in the ultralight segment are currently booming, will also be on display. Large turbine helicopters, including some from the German Federal Police and military, will be presented at the AERO, as will pilot training and career opportunities in the helicopter industry.

There will be an exhibition of current models, new developments, research projects and suppliers’ products throughout several halls at the 2013 show. Visitors will also be able to get a look at vintage aircraft, which provide interesting insights into the development of helicopters over the years.

While piston and turbine-driven helicopters were at the center of rotary-wing enthusiasts’ attention in the past, in 2013 gyrocopters will increasingly take center stage. Because of a change in aircraft regulations at the beginning of 2013, these light gyroplanes with no more than two seats can now weigh up to 560 kilograms (1234 lbs.), making it possible to carry more luggage or fuel on board. Although gyroplanes cannot take off and land vertically like helicopters, they still need much shorter distances to do so than traditional aircraft. Furthermore, the pilot’s license for an ultralight gyroplane is much simpler, faster and less expensive to obtain than one for a helicopter.

The highlights of the helicopter section at the AERO 2013 will also include several large turbine helicopters: The German Federal Police are expected to send an AS 332 Superpuma. The German military will also be presenting its turbine helicopters. These include the trusted Bo 105, as well as the ’Huey’, the reliable Bell UH1D which has been in use for decades, and an Alouette used for pilot training. They will be joined by several more turbine helicopters from American and European manufacturers.

Small helicopters and trainers will also be represented at the AERO 2013: the dependable Robinson R22 and R44 will be coming to Lake Constance, as will the new training helicopter, the Cabri G2. They will be joined by other piston-driven helicopters. Ultralight helicopters, which are currently not approved for use in Germany, but have been in neighboring France and the Netherlands since 2012, round out this segment. Excitement also surrounds the appearance of the new WM-50 light helicopter from Helipark, a German-Chinese joint venture. Many exhibitors are also offering not just current information about training to become a private or professional helicopter pilot, but also information about other job opportunities in the attractive helicopter industry.

The AERO 2013 will begin on Wednesday, April 24 and last until Saturday, April 27, 2013. Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 9a.m. to 6p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available at www.aero-expo.com.

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