It’s that time of year again… time for the 51st Paris Air Show! The time when the smell of jet fuel and jet engines spooling up for take-off dominate the atmosphere in Le Bourget, France.
Aero Gear’s senior management has been attending the major air shows for years now. The anticipation and excitement of seeing some of the world’s most advanced aircraft never wanes – especially the ones that contain some of your own company’s product!
This year Aero Gear is sending a manager that has never attended the Paris Air Show. He has seen the results from the returning teams each year and has worked with the follow up initiatives after each show. Here, CFO Craig Scott shares his thoughts on attending the 2015 Paris Air Show:
I was fortunate enough to represent Aero Gear at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show. I remember not knowing exactly what to expect, but once I arrived being blown away by the sheer size and scale of the show – hall after massive hall of exhibitors and a huge outdoor exhibit area with every manner of aircraft both large and small.
Now, a few years later, I am lucky enough to get my first opportunity to attend the Paris Air Show on behalf of Aero Gear. I’m told that Paris is significantly larger than Farnborough, which is hard for me to even fathom. For me, attending the Paris Air Show is a great reminder of the massive global industry in which Aero Gear participates. It’s easy to get myopic in your day to day routine at work – caught up in details of your own company’s operations and specifics of your own product line while forgetting that the worldwide aerospace industry includes tens of thousands of firms with millions of employees producing and supporting thousands of different aircraft.
I certainly am looking forward to engaging with existing and potential customers about Aero Gear’s value proposition of high quality, on time delivery and responsiveness. But in addition, I hope to spend time visiting with suppliers and possibly even competitors. It is so valuable to get out into the world, beyond your own four walls and see firsthand what is going on in our very dynamic global industry.
It is a truly exciting time to be working in aerospace. New technologies such as geared fan drives, ceramics, composites and even 3-D printed parts are rapidly changing the business as we know it. All of these technologies and many more will be front and center in Le Bourget. It is one thing to read about these developments in Aviation Week, but it’s quite another to see the actual hardware in person, and see the companies and talk to the people that are making them happen. In addition to technology, as a business person I am excited to see firsthand much evidence of the beginning of what should be a long and prosperous period of growth in commercial aviation.
And when I see a flying display of an A380, F16 or possibly the F35 JSF overhead on a bright mid-June day in Le Bourget, I can only imagine the feeling knowing Aero Gear has a small but important role in getting that aircraft off the ground. And THAT is why I’m very much looking forward to my week at the Paris Air Show!