Berlin Air Show Showcases GA

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The Berlin Air Show opened Tuesday at Schoenefeld airfield, featuring what has become Europe's biggest exhibition of GA aircraft. General Aviation Avenue continues to expand its space for corporate, personal, and sport planes, and this year over 1,000 exhibitors from 40-plus countries will show 300 airplanes. The show also attracts commercial and military exhibitors, as well as rotorcraft. Just prior to the air show, an international conference was held on the situation of GA in Europe. Topics included navigation and air traffic control, new technologies, and the economic impact of the GA sector. A record crowd of 230,000 visitors is expected, with the huge Airbus 380 as the star attraction. The show ends on Sunday.