What were the highlights from AeroExpo UK and Heli UK Expo in 2018? How was the show received by the General Aviation industry? Brian Kane reports on what he saw, and a selection of exhibitors offer their verdicts...
From the BEA/Piper/Heli Air/Robinson stand at Wycombe Air Park, I saw a young boy fling his toy glider into the sky and watch with amazement as it spun and circled around him. Possibly, right there, was the birth of a fascination for flight that, along with thousands of others, had attracted visitors to this years’ Heli UK Expo and AeroExpo UK.
At the heart of this wonderful event is a mixture of attractions that are aimed to inform, entertain and excite all who are interested in light aviation.
Awesome aerobatic displays and helicopter games stopped spectators in their tracks whilst others explored the wondrous array of static aircraft. These provided exciting up-close encounters with microlights and luxury executive turboprops, stimulating dreams of piloting and ownership.
Three hangars, full of stands and displays, provided hours of fascinating discoveries for both fixed-wing and rotary enthusiasts. Look further and you could find just about anything an aviation enthusiast could wish for. From Avgas solutions to fire prevention training, from technical seminars to binoculars and lens hoods.
It was there if you cared to look – and all the time, in the background, an army of officials, security staff and helpers worked tirelessly to ensure we were all safe and sorted.
BEA Wycombe is proud to be the venue for this event as we both share the same ambition. Light aviation in the UK not only needs an event that brings all levels of interest together but also a place that strives to provide the services and support needed to take every individual’s dreams forward.
At London Wycombe Air Park the members of the BEA group of companies already offer both flying and ground school tuition for private and commercial fixed-wing and rotary pilot trainees. For those interested in aviation engineering, BEA now has excellent training facilities that complement its aircraft engineering and maintenance center.
For those who own and use light aircraft, the group offers all the support services that can ensure aircraft are kept safe and ready for when needed. Even those who just want to experience the exhilaration of flying for half an hour are welcome at BEA Wycombe.
I was delighted to see the interest at our Piper M600 display as visitors queued to experience its luxury and discover the outstanding economy of this new generation of aircraft that promises such an exciting future – both for them and for BEA.
Wycombe has long been central to Heli Air being the premier Robinson Helicopter dealer in the UK but now, as exclusive distributor for Piper Aircraft in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Isles, BEA is positioned to develop and support light aviation right across the spectrum.
We look forward to welcoming you to next year’s Heli UK Expo and AeroExpo UK. If you love flight and flying then it is a must to visit and if that young toy plane pilot returns, he knows where his dreams can take flight.
Discover What the Exhibitors Said…
“Much improved on last year. Great to see both existing and new customers. A success!”
- Matt Buckle, Airpart Supply Ltd
“It’s great to see this show growing every year!”
- Vojtech Podhradsky, Honeywell
“Cavendish Aviation has been a fixture at AeroExpo UK over the last five years and it is a great event for the industry to network with potential new business partners while meeting pilots and aircraft owners from across the country.”
- Matt Phillips, Cavendish Aviation
“We were delighted with the interest in all things Tecnam that AeroExpo UK generated. Like every year, the AeroExpo UK is where we go to meet all of our local and international customers, service centers and vendors. We successfully presented our P2010 Ptwenty Ten and P2006T MKII aircraft. Tecnam’s presence at AeroExpo UK has proved a resounding success with great interest from the visitors, but also resulted in several sales, among others to the Jersey Aero Club and Fly About Aviation.”
- Walter da Costa, Tecnam Aircraft
“AeroExpo UK/Heli UK Expo continues to expand its appeal to visitors and exhibitors, making it a must-go show in the calendar. Dynamic flying displays and some closely fought helicopter racing added to a range of exhibitors that appealed to everyone. A great networking event and a relaxed and friendly backdrop to meet new and prospective clients.”
Matthew Day, Hayward Aviation
“CamGuard attends between 15 and 20 events each year and AeroExpo UK ranks as one of the top shows we attend. The aviators in the UK are passionate about aviation and are eager to learn new things. AeroExpo UK allows us to reach aviators across Europe.”
- Randy Bibb, CamGuard
“AeroExpo UK continues to grow year-on-year and showcases the best of European General Aviation. As a result, Pooleys has benefitted from a strong growth in sales, excellent contacts at the show and will continue to invest in AeroExpo UK for the foreseeable future.”
- Sebastian Pooley, Pooleys Flight Equipment Limited
“The UK’s Festival of Aviation is a permanent commitment in our annual exhibition schedule. This is where we meet our customers, are able to present our technologies and their unique benefits, while meeting friends in the industry. AeroExpo UK truly is a festival of Aviation and we already look forward to attending next year!”
- Patrick Schutterop, Bose
“The AeroExpo UK is like coming home every year. A great event for every pilot! Hope to see you in 2019.”
- Frank van Houten, Dutch Rush Aerobatics
“We have been attending AeroExpo UK for many years now, first at Sywell and more recently at Wycombe Air Park. The event has got busier and better every year. This year’s event was the best-ever for Scheme Designers. We were busy the entire three days, with a constant stream of highly qualified candidates visiting our booth, some of whom have already converted to Scheme Designers customers. We are already looking forward to AeroExpo UK 2019.”
- Craig Barnett, Scheme Designers, Inc.