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AERO Friedrichshafen 2024 ‘first look’ news

The latest general and private aviation innovations from the 2024 AERO Friedrichshafen trade show unveiled.    

Leonardo S.p.A.

Leonardo Helicopters exhibits the latest version of the successful AW139 helicopter and its evenly successful AW109 at AERO 2024. The AW139 – exhibited at the static display – is powered by two PT6C-67C engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada. To date, the manufacturer has logged over 1,300 orders for the AW139 from 290 customers in 80 countries in its order book. Leonardo Helicopters has delivered over 1,000 of this helicopter type to date and the global AW139 fleet has accumulated over three million flight hours. The AW139 is supported by advanced digital capabilities for maintenance and training, both in terms of fleet flight data management and simulation for pilots, technicians and cabin crews. 

The AW109 GrandNew responds to the market demand for a helicopter that blends performance, speed, payload and operational flexibility, together with lower environmental impact. Capable of operating in the most severe conditions, it is a top-of-the-range light twin-engine multi-role helicopter, offering the highest safety through advanced navigation and situational awareness technology.


SHARK.AERO from the Czech Republic is the world’s first ultralight aircraft manufacturer to use turbulence cancelling technology (Turbulence Solutions turbulence cancelling), making flying more comfortable and safer even in light aircraft.

Duc Hélices

Founded in 1997, DUC Hélices specializes in the development and manufacture of carbon fibre composite propellers and rotors for the aviation industry. It develops complete ranges of push and pull propellers and rotors for equipping all types of aircraft.

The DUC propellers manufactured in France have a large customer base. Their main feature is the company’s own forced carbon construction. In addition to the earlier SWIRL, FLASH and WINDSPOON propeller series, the COBRA variable pitch or adjustable carbon fiber propellers for direct drive engines up to 315 HP and the TIGER variable pitch propeller especially for the Rotax 915/916 engine have been available for a year now.

DUC propellers are available both as controllable pitch propellers and as hydraulic, electric or hybrid controllable pitch propeller variants. DUC Hélices is also ISO 9001 certified and controls its production system and guarantees after-sales service.

DUC Hélices is based at the Beaujolais airfield in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.

Junkers Aircraft GmbH

Junkers Aircraft presents its latest model, the Junkers A50 Heritage ultralight aircraft at AERO 2024, as well as the Junkers A50 Junior, the Junkers A60 and the WACO YMF-5 biplane.

At the AERO Media Day, Junkers Aircraft has unveiled the Junkers A50 Heritage. It is an ultralight aircraft that has been reconstructed true to the original design from the 1920s. In contrast to the Junkers A50 Junior, the Junkers A50 Heritage is equipped with a 7-cylinder radial engine (Verner Scarlett 7U / 124 hp) which, together with an MT wooden propeller and analog instruments, offers an even more authentic flying experience. The Beringer brakes and the Galaxy rescue system have been adopted from the A50 Junior and are standard equipment.

Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH

Diamond Aircraft Industries from Wiener Neustadt, Austria, debuts the all-electric eDA40, which will be the first EASA/FAA CS/Part 23 certified electric aircraft in its category. With fast DC charging enabling short recharge times, it is an exceptionally sustainable aircraft for tomorrow’s flight school market. The targeted flight time is 1.2 hours, the payload 397 lbs and the range 117 nautical miles.

The eDA40 is a further development of the existing and certified DA40 series and is intended to be the most environmentally friendly way to learn to fly in the future. Outstanding features:

Additional AERO premieres

European premiere oft he new turboprop-powered Piper M700 FURY from Piper Aircraft from Vero Beach, Florida.

World premiere of the new powered glider JMB Phoenix from JMB Aircraft from Belgium/Czech Republic.

Tecnam from Capua, Italy has announced the unveiling of a new aircraft at AERO 2024. It will complement the impressive line-up of aircraft types of the manufacturer,

Aura Aero from France shows fort he first time at an airshow it’s new single-engine, electric aircraft Integral E.

Cirrus Aircraft from Duluth, Minnesota, AERO 2024, to celebrate the European premiere of its latest generation of modern, single-engine touring aircraft, the SR Series G7. This version was only introduced at the beginning of this year.

Author: FTN Editor

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