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Every April, the AERO Friedrichshafen exhibit marks a rite of spring for European general aviation pilots. The show, which focuses solely on general aviation, has an international flavor and unique takes on new technologies. This year’s show continues what’s become a tradition of featuring advances in environmentally friendly engine technology, including solar-, hydrogen-, and electrical powerplants.
The International Council of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations (IAOPA) has an expanded presence at AERO this year, with half of its 68 member nations represented at the IAOPA booth, and special presentations addressing the mutual concerns of GA operations around the world.
AOPA and IAOPA president Craig Fuller is also present, representing GA interests in several forums, meeting with representatives from the European press, and building consensus among GA organizations in pursuit of common goals.
Thomas A. Horne
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.