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AUG-SEP 2018

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22 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY OUTLOOK 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in Review The Farnborough International Airshow celebrated its 70th birthday this year and went through its 51st edition By Marino Boric In few words the expectations of the organizer and of the international press were not high, but as usual with these large international aerospace events, the result was much better than expected. Although not a maintenance-focused event, the Farnborough trade event was, and still is, the platform for the aerospace industry to do business and is in the focus of many airlines, aviation companies, and airframe and engine manufacturers from around the world. What is seen at these events will someday be ours to operate and maintain. Regardless, we feel it’s important to provide a few highlights of what’s happening on the world stage. FIA is held on even years and tries to reach and compete with the Paris/LeBourget Show importance which is held in uneven years. The biennial air show has its origins in the annual RAF Airshow held in Hendon from 1920. FIA is held in Farnborough, which is conveniently located some 30 miles (48 km) southwest of central London. As other shows in this field, the FIA has its tradeshow, and its public show parts, held respectively July 16-20, and July 21-22, 2018. The 2018 Aerospace Media Awards For me and AMT Magazine, FIA began the night before the official opening at the Aerospace Media Awards Dinner. Two of AMT Magazine’s recent articles were on the short-list of nominees for an award; one written by myself and the other by Gerome Chandler. Even though we didn’t walk away with any top honors, this is the third year in a row that AMT Magazine has been recognized at this international media event. Yes, we are proud! The Big Manufacturers Big Numbers Game Something interesting at this FIA in the order-race. Nearly one-third of Airbus and Boeing commitments came from “undisclosed customers”. What is the reason for airline customers keeping their commitment in a “stealth mode”? Boeing wins sales race In its press conference at the end of the trade show, Boeing announced a total of $98.4 billion in orders MARINO BORIC graduated with a university degree as an aeronautic engineer, and acquired degrees in business development/trade and commerce and in journalism. He is a civil and military pilot and has built experimental aircraft. As a journalist, he specializes in aviation and propulsion and travels worldwide, flight-testing UL, LSA, Experimental, and certified aircraft. He is writing for U.S., European, and Chinese media companies.

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