Chilean president Michelle Bachelet will inaugurate Monday the fifteenth edition of the International Air & Space Fair, FIDAE, Latinamerica largest air show and one of the leading exhibitions of the industry in the world.
An estimated 430 stands from 43 different countries, including the leaders in the industry, will be participating in the fair that extends until April 6th and is estimated will attract over 100.000 visitors. As usual FIDAE is located in the grounds of Santiago's international airport in an area of 112.800 sq. meters. One of the main exhibits will be the largest commercial aircraft in the world: the Airbus A 380 which can carry up to 800 passengers and this Sunday landed in Santiago ready for tomorrow's opening. Hundreds of families camped near the airport to see the giant A 380 land in Chile and for the first time in South America. Before landing the A380 did a couple of low flights over the airport to the delight of journalists and viewers. The A 380 flew directly from Tolouse, France, Airbus headquarters and arrived in Santiago 13 hours later and with a crew of only three, reported the company in official release. FIDAE has been described as one of the great displays of the most modern aircraft models and prototypes in the different fields of the air industry: fixed and rotary wings aircrafts, civil, commercial, sport and executive units besides a great many products related to space technology, aircraft maintenance, airport services & equipments and homeland security. Among the countries in this year's FIDAE edition are Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Israel, Czech Republic, Canada, Mexico, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Greece and Korea. Besides the display of the aero-space industry, the main objective of the fair are the contacts and the opportunity during a week to meet the top officials of the world's leading companies and obviously make business deals. FIDAE also has scheduled static and flight demos exhibitions, presentations from the most important acrobatic teams of the continent plus a long selection of conferences and seminars addressing subjects related to civil-commercial aviation, aircraft maintenance, space, defense and aerospace medicine. The fair will also have a display of the latest and most sophisticated technology in the military side of the industry such as the unmanned flying vehicles which also have a great future for civilian activities. FIDAE 2008 can be contacted at the web site: www.fidae.cl