Abu Dhabi hosts the Air Expo after four year break

Due to COVID-19, the event is back after four years of hiatus and expected around 18,000 delegates worldwide

The Abu Dhabi Air expo took place at the Al Bateen Private Airport between 1st-3rd November. Aviation elites along with airport authorities and airline personnel came together at the nation’s capital to attend this grand exhibition of private planes, commercial jets and helicopters

Covering an area of 80,000 square meters, the exhibition hosted leaders such as Gulfstream, Dassault, Cirrus, Falcon Aviation Services and Abu Dhabi Aviation, along with 100+ companies who participated. The three-day event showcased private jets, commercial airlines, and helicopters for the private sector, commercial sector and recreational use.

JEKTA, a Swiss based seaplane maker, debuted their world’s first all-electric amphibious aircraft named PHA-ZE-100, short for Passenger Hydro Aircraft Zero Emissions is still in the development stage with an expected launch in 2026. It is developed to make affordable short flights across cities with a flying range of around 150kms, but the design will “future-proof” it to a maximum range of 600kms-800kms. The aircraft model showcased at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo is a high-wing layout with ten electric engines and batteries located in the compartments beneath the wing. The batteries can be changed or recharged as quickly as 45 minutes, and the aircraft can also be retrofitted with fuel cells once the technology is available.

Also seen was the Gulfstream G600 private jet; Gulfstream jets produce bespoke private jets according to the customer’s wishes. The G600 is a luxurious four-living space layout which can be customized to accommodate more people or space by changing the structure when customizing your aircraft.

At the exhibition, visitors could experience flying a helicopter with a helicopter simulation provided by the Abu Dhabi Sports Aviation Club (ADSAC), which also offers services such as getting your Light Sports Aircraft license and skydiving activities.

Fursan Al Emarat, the highly skilled aerobatics demonstration team also gave us a stunning airshow at the Expo.

Also exhibiting was the Voltaero’s Cassio series of parallel electric-hybrid propulsion aircraft with up to 1,200kms of flight range with 200kms flying range on pure electric motors.

The Aviation Think Tank is a new addition to the Expo’s activities this year, where more than 80 aviation sector speakers spoke on topics related to the growth and future of air cargo, the importance of aviation training and development, and hybrid aircraft.

The Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2022 brings together industry leaders and seasoned professionals to network at the event and showcase the latest technology and types of equipment in general aviation.

Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2022 was an experience for visitors who wanted to learn more about the aviation industry, its latest technologies, and industry professionals to network and discuss the future of the aviation industry.

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