Chile welcomes innovators to International Air and Space Fair

The latest technology and advances in flight were on display at this year’s massive aeronautical event.

The eighteenth edition of the International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE 2014, took over part of Santiago’s international airport last month to showcase the latest and greatest in the world of aeronautical technology.

Chile’s Air Force demonstrated its newest planes, helicopters, and other featured aircraft alongside some of the biggest names in the industry from around the world from March 25-30. On display were commercial planes, business and  military aircraft, and the latest technology for satellites, radar, and security.

Among the many planes and technologies showcased by 43 countries over the 5 day event, one stood out — the Airbus A-380, the largest passenger plane in the world. The double decked, four engine mega-plane has been flying commercially since 2005 primarily with Asian based airlines, although Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways have added it to their fleets in recent years.

Spectators were treated to more than just your typical aircraft. A major highlight for spectators at the exhibition was the appearance by Yves Rossy, also known as Jetman, for the weekend events. The Swiss pilot and aviation enthusiast is best known for his invention of a personal jetpack. The innovative contraption is a type of wing suit, equipped with semi-rigid  carbon-fiber wings and four Jet-Cat P200 jet engines.

With this unique invention, Rossy is the first and only person to fly through the air without a plane. The Jetman’s first officially flight was in the Swiss Alps in 2008, and FIDAE 2014 was his first appearance in Chile.

This year’s international event so was successful, with the world’s leading companies making major sales on their latest aeronautical technologies, spots for the next edition taking place in 2016 are already being bought up by international firms around the globe.