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ILA 2014: Here are the Hamburg highlights

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The Berlin Air Show is an important event – and not just for the national capital. Hamburg once again has a strong presence at the famous aviation trade fair.

The international aerospace industry is gathering once again at the gates of the national capital from 20 to 25 May for the ILA Berlin Air Show. More than 1,000 exhibitors are expected - and some 230,000 visitors. This puts the ILA Berlin Air Show, held at Berlin's ExpoCenter, right up there with the Paris Air Show and England's Farnborough Air Show as one of the most important industry events worldwide. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region, with 40,000 specialist personnel and more than 300 companies making it one of the world's biggest aviation locations, will also have a strong presence at this year's ILA. A brief overview - courtesy of Hamburg Aviation

Hanse Pavilion

The north is at home in the Hanse Pavilion Hall 3 (Booth 3415): The combined aviation sectors of Hamburg and Bremen operate a joint booth here. Exhibitors from Hamburg include: the region's aviation cluster, Hamburg Aviation, the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL), the suppliers' association Hanse-Aerospace, whose members employ around 10,000 people on the banks of the Alster and Elbe, and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) with its study programmes specialising in aeronautical engineering. A highlight at the Hamburg Aviation booth: a 1:87 scale model of an aircraft demonstrating a concept for takeoff and landing without an undercarriage. The federally funded concept is backed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Hamburg University of Technology. A prototype is already being planned, and the system should be production-ready by 2035.

Airbus

Once again, at the Berlin Air Show 2014, the brightest star amongst the exhibited aircraft comes from the Airbus stable (Chalets West 8-14): the new, efficient long-haul A350 XWB, which made its maiden flight less than a year ago, is celebrating its debut on the German air show circuit. The Airbus site in Finkenwerder, Hamburg, is responsible for cabin development. And if you don't just want to admire the A350 XWB on the ground, but would like to see it in flight as well, then it's time to block your diary for 11am - 2pm on Tuesday, 20 May, when the new Airbus will leading the opening flight display.

Lufthansa Technik

With almost 8,000 employees, Lufthansa Technik is the second-largest aviation employer in the region. At the Berlin Air Show (Hall 2 / 2323) the company's presentation will include a new robotic repair procedure for composite fiber materials (CFRPs). The mobile milling robot, CAIRE (Composite Adaptable Inspection and Repair) can even be deployed remote from maintenance sites. There will be a live demonstration of the robot for journalists on Wednesday, 21 May, at 11am.

ILA CareerCenter

Aviation continues to be a growth industry. Whether you are a high school student, a university student, a graduate, an aviation specialist, or looking for a career change, you will find everything you need to know about employment and training opportunities in the industry at the ILA CareerCenter, only on Thurs. 23 and Fri. 24 May. Information on career perspectives in the Hamburg aviation sector is available at the joint booth of Hamburg Aviation and the Hamburg Centre for Aviation Training (HCAT) in Hall 5 (Booth 5301).