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36th Paris air show preview; around 1,000 companies from 30 countries have registered to attend the 36th salon; show runs May 31-June 9.

36th Paris air show preview

World aerospace flocks to Paris this spring for the biennial Le Bourget salon, and once again the air show is heavily over-subscribed, according to its organizers, Salons Internationaux de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace. Around 1,000 companies from 30 countries worldwide have registered, but space ran out some time ago, and there is a waiting list for both chalets and stands. The show, the 36th Salon International de Paris to give it its full name, is the latest in a line which started in 1909 in exhibition halls in the center of the city, when sausage-shaped balloons, and wood and wire flying machines were the major exhibits. It begins on Thursday, May 30, with press day, is officially inaugurated on Friday, May 31, when only exhibitors are allowed in before 1:00 p.m. The show is then reserved for what the organizers term "professionals' for the rest of that day, and Monday, June 3, Tuesday, June 4, Thursday, June 6, and Friday June 7.

Flight demonstrations for fast and large aircraft will be daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 4:45 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. The remainder of the time will be for light aircraft.

For airline people visiting this year's salon there will be plenty of tire kicking and flying to watch if you are interested in the commuter/regional end of the air transport spectrum. Aerospatiale and Aeritalia will have at least one of their new ATR 42s at the show, the first major show appearance for that plane having just missed the Farnborough show last year. …

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