Sun ’n Fun, Aero Report Stellar Events

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Sun ’n Fun’s event last week “was the highest-attended show we’ve ever had,” spokesperson Jackie Jenkins told AVweb on Tuesday. “There are still figures coming in, so I don’t have specific figures for you yet,” she added. The 25th Aero show, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, also was a success, the organizers said. “The show set two new records: 34,200 trade visitors from Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and around the world set a new attendance record at the industry expo,” said spokesman Wolfgang Köhle. “707 exhibitors was also a new record for the show, surpassing the previous high of 606 set in 2016.” Both shows have big plans for next year.

“Next year, Sun ’n Fun welcomes the USAF Thunderbirds,” said Jenkins. “The dates for next year’s show will be April 10 to 15.” The next Aero will take place April 18 to 21, 2018. This year’s dates, with both shows running the same week, made it hard for exhibitors, media and others who like to visit both shows, but apparently the conflict didn’t hurt overall attendance. Next year will present new challenges, with just three days between the two events.

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