Innovation to the Fore

Paris Air Lab is a board­ing pass to the fu­ture. It’s a new space to­tally de­voted to map­ping what the aero­space sec­tor and more broadly to­mor­row’s world have in store

SP's Aviation - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY R. CHAN­DRAKANTH

THE PARIS AIR SHOW traces its his­tory back to the first decade of the 20th cen­tury, thus be­com­ing one of the old­est air shows in the world. In 1908 a sec­tion of the Paris Mo­tor Show was ded­i­cated to air­craft and from there it has just taken off to be­come an iconic show ex­clu­sively for mil­i­tary and civil air­craft. In 1909, a ded­i­cated air show was held at the Grand Palais from Septem­ber 25 to Oc­to­ber 17 dur­ing which it is recorded that nearly one lakh vis­i­tors turned up to see prod­ucts and in­no­va­tions from about 380 ex­hibitors. Be­fore World War I, there were four such shows. It restarted in 1919 and from 1924 it is being held bi­en­ni­ally, only in­ter­rupted by World War II. It restarted again in 1946 and since 1949 has been held with­out any break. The June 19-25, 2017, Air Show will be the 52nd edi­tion of the pres­ti­gious event which is being held at Le Bour­get from 1953 on­wards. Paris Air Show along with Farn­bor­ough Air Show and Dubai Air Show, have be­come an in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ence in the aero­nau­ti­cal sec­tor and the high­point of these air­shows is that it is not just about mega air­craft and air­craft re­lated deals, it is about innovation in the aero­space in­dus­try; it is about trends in the sec­tor; it is about fu­ture and it is more than avi­a­tion. It is for this rea­son that these air­shows at­tract huge num­ber of vis­i­tors from across the globe. The In­ter­na­tional Paris Air Show is or­gan­ised by the SIAE, a 100 per cent sub­sidiary of the GIFAS.

WORLD FIRST INNOVATION AC­CEL­ER­A­TOR

Ev­ery edi­tion, the or­gan­is­ers add value to make it more at­trac­tive. This year SIAE and GIFAS, in part­ner­ship with Star­burst Ac­cel­er­a­tor, present the 100 start-ups that will shape to­mor­row’s skies! SIAE (In­ter­na­tional Paris Air Show) and GIFAS (the French Aero­space In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion) will open Paris Air Lab doors from June 19 to 25, 2017. This un­prece­dented 2,000

square me­tres of ex­hi­bi­tion space de­signed with the Hop­scotch agency, will host an innovation-cen­tred ex­hi­bi­tion where the aero­nau­tics, dig­i­tal and aero­space sec­tors come to­gether, by giv­ing the floor to a great va­ri­ety of players. Thanks to Star­burst Ac­cel­er­a­tor (the world’s first aero­space ac­cel­er­a­tor), around a hun­dred of the most in­no­va­tive start-ups will have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­change opin­ions on their projects with those of the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ing groups, space agencies and ma­jor Euro­pean re­search pro­grammes. This is a world first to be staged in the con­text of the big­gest in­ter­na­tional aero­space show.

VIEW OF TO­MOR­ROW’S WORLD

At the hub of a space de­voted to in­dus­trial innovation and star­tups, the 100 start-ups, mainly iden­ti­fied by Star­burst, will be as­signed to ex­hi­bi­tion pavil­ions, along a cross­over route that takes in the ma­jor players in aero­nau­tics, aero­space and dig­i­tal sec­tors. Ev­ery day the ex­hi­bi­tion pavil­ions will present a set of 10 to 15 new start-ups on themes such as Vehicles of the fu­ture, Drones, En­ergy Sen­sors and Sources, Pas­sen­ger Ex­pe­ri­ence, Con­quer­ing Space, Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and Big Data, En­vi­ron­men­tal Sur­veil­lance, In­no­va­tive Man­u­fac­tur­ing and In­dus­try 4.0.

DE­BATES ON IN­NO­VA­TIONS

The start-up rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be called on to make a pitch for their in­no­va­tions to the au­di­ence dur­ing the twice-daily pitch ses­sions (10 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.) opened by the ma­jor aero­nau­tics and aero­space spe­cial­ist Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cers (CTO). Each ses­sion will kick off with a key­note speech from a CTO of one of the ma­jor groups or space agencies ex­pound­ing on his or her per­sonal view of innovation, be­fore call­ing on six start-ups each of which will be al­lot­ted a two-minute “pitch” to ex­pound on their own project.

“Paris Air Lab is a board­ing pass to the fu­ture. It’s a new space to­tally de­voted to map­ping what the aero­space sec­tor and more broadly to­mor­row’s world, have in store. We will in­tro­duce the abun­dance of projects, tal­ents and new tech­nolo­gies that char­ac­terise our sec­tor, high­light­ing the var­i­ous forms of innovation. They may well orig­i­nate from man­u­fac­tur­ers or start-ups and be col­lab­o­ra­tive, spon­ta­neous, planned, and rev­o­lu­tionise pro­cesses, net­works or ma­te­ri­als. We are also in­tent on pre­sent­ing a vi­sion. We have in­vited sci­en­tists, so­ci­ol­o­gists, pi­lots, as­tro­nauts and designers of our times to de­bate on the ma­jor chal­lenges fac­ing hu­man­ity,” said Anne Bon­diou-Clerg­erie, Di­rec­tor of R&D, Space and En­vi­ron­ment Af­fairs, GIFAS.

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AIR­SHOWS ARE A MUST FOR IN­DIAN AERO­SPACE AND DE­FENCE COM­PA­NIES WHICH ARE LOOK­ING AT GLOBAL OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES EVEN AS AERO­SPACE AND DE­FENCE OPENS UP IN IN­DIA

“Man­u­fac­tur­ing start-ups are in the process of chang­ing the face of the aero­nau­ti­cal and aero­space in­dus­try as we know it and it’s only a mat­ter of a few years be­fore it will be changed beyond recog­ni­tion. We are very pleased that GIFAS chose us to bring to­gether this new gen­er­a­tion of in­no­va­tors, which is the re­sult of the work that Star­burst Ac­cel­er­a­tor has been car­ry­ing out around the world over the past five years. There’s no doubt that the forth­com­ing Paris Air Show will be a great oc­ca­sion for dis­cus­sions and em­u­lat­ing in­creas­ingly bold ideas for the sec­tor’s fu­ture,” stated François Chopard, Star­burst Ac­cel­er­a­tor’s CEO and Founder.

"Paris Air Lab will, I'm sure, be an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for both trade vis­i­tors and the gen­eral pub­lic to the Paris Air Show, invit­ing them on a jour­ney, to board a flight to innovation, ‘Board­ing for To­mor­row’, where the fu­ture is de­cided and takes shape," said Emeric d'Arcimoles, Chair­man and CEO of the In­ter­na­tional Paris Air Show. Paris Air Lab will be lo­cated next to The Ca­reers Plane -- Jobs &Train­ing Fo­rum, an area ded­i­cated to jobs and train­ing in the aero­space sec­tor, with a strong fo­cus on innovation and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES FOR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL CO­OP­ER­A­TION

Paris Air Show is a true driver for de­vel­op­ment in the sec­tor and a cat­a­lyst for nu­mer­ous joint in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions, it is one of the most im­por­tant meet­ing and con­ver­gence points for de­ci­sion-mak­ers in the sec­tor, who come to ex­hibit, sell and pur­chase the lat­est in­no­va­tions. In 2015, the show brought to­gether 2,303 in­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors, 1.5 lakh trade vis­i­tors and 2 lakh vis­i­tors from the gen­eral pub­lic. Some 130 air­craft were present, in both fly­ing dis­plays and ex­hi­bi­tions. It had 1,30,000 square me­tres ex­hi­bi­tion space and 150 air­craft pre­sented and in fly­ing dis­play. There were 296 of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tions from 100 coun­tries and 4,300 jour­nal­ists from across the world. The high­light was that the show had $130 bil­lion of con­firmed or­ders.

The United States brings the largest for­eign con­tin­gent to the show, thanks to

Kallman World­wide, show­cas­ing American lead­er­ship in aero­space and de­fence with com­pa­nies producing in­no­va­tive sys­tems that bol­ster in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity, en­hance global eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and strengthen long-term bi­lat­eral al­liances. “No per­son, no com­pany, no coun­try suc­ceeds in iso­la­tion. Now more than ever, suc­cess in in­ter­na­tional trade comes from part­ner­ship and team­work,” said Kallman World­wide Pres­i­dent and CEO Tom Kallman, long-stand­ing or­gan­iser of the US presence at Le Bour­get, who this year will un­veil Amer­ica’s new on­site head­quar­ters at the show, the USA Part­ner­ship Pav­il­ion.

More than 350 US com­pa­nies are ex­pected to ex­hibit at Paris this year; 240-plus rep­re­sent­ing 32 states in Kallman’s new 4,200 square me­tres Pav­il­ion, lo­cated promi­nently in Hall 3. In ad­di­tion, many US civil and mil­i­tary air­craft will be dis­played dur­ing the show. “For two decades, our suc­cess­ful US In­ter­na­tional Pav­il­ion helped sharpen Amer­ica’s fo­cus on the op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­panded trade has for keep­ing the en­tire US in­dus­trial base healthy, so that it can con­tinue to in­vest in tech­no­log­i­cal innovation and cre­ate good pay­ing jobs,” he said.

“Now into our third decade at the Paris Air Show, the new USA Part­ner­ship Pav­il­ion builds on that foun­da­tion to help po­si­tion US com­pa­nies to ad­vance our nation’s lead­er­ship in the global econ­omy. Many of our American ex­hibitors — from pub­licly traded stal­warts to small and medium en­ter­prises [SMEs], al­ready have sig­nif­i­cant sales and part­ner­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties in the global mar­ket­place. In the years to come, many more will,” Kallman said.

He pointed to 18 state eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment groups ex­hibit­ing in dual roles in the Pav­il­ion at Paris as ex­am­ples of how US in­dus­try is de­vel­op­ing busi­ness part­ner­ships at home and in­ter­na­tion­ally, pro­mot­ing state-based com­pa­nies look­ing to grow ex­ports over­seas and at the same time prospect­ing for over­seas com­pa­nies to es­tab­lish or ex­pand op­er­a­tions in the United States.

Sim­i­larly, such in­ter­na­tional air­shows are a must for In­dian aero­space and de­fence com­pa­nies which are look­ing at global op­por­tu­ni­ties even as aero­space and de­fence opens up in In­dia. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports over 500 vis­i­tors from In­dia will be present at the iconic air­show.

FROM THE AIR­BUS STA­BLES: AIR­BUS A350XWB AND A400M TAC­TI­CAL AIRLIFTER

— FRANÇOIS CHOPARD, STAR­BURST AC­CEL­ER­A­TOR’S CEO AND FOUNDER MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING START-UPS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CHANG­ING THE FACE OF THE AERO­NAU­TI­CAL AND AERO­SPACE IN­DUS­TRY AS WE KNOW IT AND IT’S ONLY A MAT­TER OF A FEW YEARS BE­FORE IT WILL BE CHANGED BEYOND RECOG­NI­TION. WE ARE VERY PLEASED THAT GIFAS CHOSE US TO BRING TO­GETHER THIS NEW GEN­ER­A­TION OF IN­NO­VA­TORS, WHICH IS THE RE­SULT OF THE WORK THAT STAR­BURST AC­CEL­ER­A­TOR HAS BEEN CAR­RY­ING OUT AROUND THE WORLD OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS. THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT THE FORTH­COM­ING PARIS AIR SHOW WILL BE A GREAT OC­CA­SION FOR DIS­CUS­SIONS AND EM­U­LAT­ING IN­CREAS­INGLY BOLD IDEAS FOR THE SEC­TOR’S FU­TURE.”

— EMERIC D’ARCIMOLES, CHAIR­MAN AND CEO OF THE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL, PARIS AIR SHOW “PARIS AIR LAB WILL, I’M SURE, BE AN UN­FOR­GET­TABLE EX­PE­RI­ENCE FOR BOTH TRADE VIS­I­TORS AND THE GEN­ERAL PUB­LIC TO THE PARIS AIR SHOW, INVIT­ING THEM ON A JOUR­NEY, TO BOARD A FLIGHT TO INNOVATION, ‘BOARD­ING FOR TO­MOR­ROW’, WHERE THE FU­TURE IS DE­CIDED AND TAKES SHAPE.”

NO PER­SON, NO COM­PANY, NO COUN­TRY SUC­CEEDS IN ISO­LA­TION. NOW MORE THAN EVER, SUC­CESS IN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL TRADE COMES FROM PART­NER­SHIP AND TEAM­WORK.” — TOM KALLMAN, PRES­I­DENT AND CEO, KALLMAN WORLD­WIDE

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