Bahrain, Singapore Aviation Events Coming Up

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Two big aviation events are coming up on the calendar -- the Singapore Airshow, Feb. 2 to 7, is the biggest show of its kind in Asia, and this week the first Bahrain International Airshow launches. The three-day Bahrain show is produced by the same folks who put on the well-known Farnborough event in Great Britain. The inaugural trade show at Sakhir Airfield will focus on civil, defense, and business aviation, and aims to promote networking among companies that operate in the region. Static displays and flight demos will showcase products. Companies sign up for "ultra-luxurious hospitality space" in fully equipped chalets where buyers and sellers can meet. The Singapore Airshow, which first launched in 2008, is back for its second edition. The show welcomes the trade for four days, then opens up to the public for the weekend, with airshows scheduled for both days.

This year's airshow will feature the F-111 strike aircraft operated by the Royal Australian Air Force, making its last performance in Asia. And the A-10 Thunderbolt II, operated by the U.S. Air Force, will make its Asian show debut. The Singapore Airshow also features a series of high-level conferences dedicated to leading players in the global aviation industry -- the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit and the Asia-Pacific Security Conference. Click here for more info.