Aero Opens April 13

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Aero Friedrichshafen, Europe's largest general aviation show and one of the largest in the world, opens April 13 in the picturesque town on the German shore of Lake Constance. Organizers say there are more than 550 exhibitors from 26 countries filling more than 800,000 square feet of exhibit space in 11 halls. The show runs through April 16. The world's major light aircraft OEMs will all be there and the show is always a showcase of the latest in Light Sport type aircraft and gliders. Aero was one of the first shows to embrace electric aircraft and that tradition continues this year.

Erik Lindbergh will be on hand to give out the first Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize and there are expected to be a lot of component manufacturers showing electric motors, batteries, panels and fuel cells at the show. Prince Albert of Monaco is involved with the electric aircraft area and Aero will also host descendants of aviation dynasties like the Sikorskys, Piccards, Dorniers and Dassaults to encourage the pioneering spirit of aviation in innovation and technology.