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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Paris Air Show 2013 Preview

By Woodrow Bellamy III

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected at Le Bourget airfield next week for the 50th annual International Paris Airshow, bringing together commercial and military aircraft and technology displays. Avionics Magazine has a preview of what to expect next week from some of the biggest companies in the industry. 
 

Commercial 

 
Boeing will be performing daily flights with its 787 Dreamliner from Monday through Friday, with a second Dreamliner from Qatar Airways on static display. On Monday, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner will discuss current industry and market conditions within the global aircraft market during a 10 a.m. appearance at the conference center auditorium. Wednesday will feature an update from Boeing officials on the company's progress with its 737 MAX platform. 
 
Tomorrow, Airbus is conducting the first flight with its A350 XWB. During the show, visitors can see the A350 XWB's flight deck, a digital fly-by-wire configuration with six interchangeable large cockpit avionics displays. The company will also be displaying an A380 that is scheduled for delivery to British Airways, and plans on making several deliveries to other customers during the show. 
 
Bombardier
Bombardier's CSeries pavilion will feature a static display dedicated to the new CS100 and CS300 airplanes. There will also be a mock-up of the recently launched Challenger 350 business jet on display. 
 
Embraer 
Embraer will feature its ERJ 135 regional jet, as well as its E190 jet from Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana within its static display. On Monday, Embraer S.A. President and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado will host a discussion regarding the Brazilian manufacturer's future commercial aircraft plans. 
 
 
 

Avionics

 
Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins will launch a family of situational awareness avionics systems for helicopter pilots on the first day of the show. Details about the new technology will be discussed during its "Helicopter Situational Awareness" exhibit. Additionally, the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics platform, which entered service last year, will be on display. Visitors to the Rockwell Collins exhibit will also be able to experience the company's Head-up Guidance System (HGS), along with its HGS iPad app. 
 
 
 

Military

 
Bell
On Monday at 1 p.m.,  U.S. Marine Corps. Col. Greg Masiello, will give an update on the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor. Additionally, Bell will conduct demonstration flights with its 407GX and 429 helicopters. The Bell Helicopter booth will feature the new armed version of the 407GX, the 407GT, which features light munitions and laser guided weapon systems armament options.
 
Raytheon will demonstrate several of its new military systems and upgrade solutions, including the Joint Tactical Air Controller (JTAC), a wearable computerized vest that allows pilots separated from the aircraft to share information and support remote targeting within aerial battle space. Also on display will be a fully functional F-16 flight console. 
 
Embraer
Embraer will for the first time at the show feature its A-29 Super Tucano light air support jet on display. The company will be showcasing one of the two Super Tucanos recently delivered to the Mauritanian Air Force. 
 
United Aircraft Corp.
Russian airframe manufacturer United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) will feature the world premiere of its Su-35C advanced multirole jet fighter. UAC will also feature the latest version of its Sukhoi Superjet 100 and a full-scale mockup of its MC-21 airliner.
 
Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems will launch a new onboard self-protection system, the SPS-65V5, specifically designed to provide sense and awareness capabilities for UAS platforms. 
 

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