The Mythical Paris Air Show: An unmissable aviation event
The Paris International Air Show, better known as the “Paris Air Show” in reference to its location, is one of the most legendary events in the aviation and aerospace industry. Held every two years since 1909, this international air show is an exceptional showcase for aircraft manufacturers, equipment suppliers and major players in the sector. Considered the world’s largest aviation and space show, it attracts hundreds of thousands of professionals and enthusiasts each year. The show includes days reserved for professionals and days open to the general public. This year, from June 19 to 25, 2023, the Paris Air Show promises an even more spectacular edition.
The highlights of the Paris Air Show
The Paris Air Show offers a unique opportunity to discover the latest technological advances in the field of aviation. The world’s leading manufacturers unveil their prototypes, innovations and future projects. From airliners to military aircraft, helicopters and drones, all facets of aviation are represented.
The show is also a place for meetings and exchanges between professionals in the sector. Partnerships are formed, contracts are signed and agreements are negotiated, thus contributing to the development of the aviation industry worldwide.
Legendary aircraft and captivating anecdotes
The Paris Air Show is known for its iconic aircraft that have made aviation history. Legends such as the Concorde or the Boeing 747 were presented there for the first time, arousing the admiration and wonder of visitors.
Over the years, the history of the show has been marked by many captivating anecdotes. For example, in 1973, at the previous edition, the Concorde and the Tupolev TU-144, two rival supersonic aircraft, made demonstration flights at the same time, creating an unforgettable competition in the sky.
The Paris Air Show is a must-attend event for aviation enthusiasts around the world. It offers an exceptional showcase for technological advances and is a unique platform for exchanges and partnerships in the aviation industry. This year’s 54th edition, from June 19 to 25, 2023, promises to be even more spectacular, with the presentation of revolutionary new aircraft and innovations that will shape the future of air transport. Whether you’re a professional or just an amateur, the Paris Air Show promises an unforgettable experience.
French arms export regulations : The French process of controlling the export of its military equipment.
The French defense equipment market is a market controlled by the State, because it is a risk factor, but also a means for the one who uses this export force, to develop its power and influence.
Thus, when a French company tries to sell to a non-European country, it must first have its right to export validated by an interdepartmental body.
The different steps (see diagram below):
- Deposit of an export application license. This is often overvalued in relation to the actual final sale.
- The DGA carries out an initial verification of the admissibility of the license.
- This application is then examined by an interdepartmental body, the CIEEMG (Interdepartmental Commission for the Study of War Materiel Exports), which is chaired by the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security (SGDSN) and includes representatives of:
- the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- the Ministry of Defense
- the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (the so-called “voting” ministries).
The following representatives also sit on the committee in an advisory capacity:
- the Ministry of Higher Education and Research
- the Ministry of the Interior
- the intelligence services;
- the Prime Minister’s office
- the private staff of the President of the Republic.
The various ministries are responsible for formulating an opinion, taking into account France’s international commitments, the criteria of the common position, and treaties signed by France, such as the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (signed by 130 States).
A favorable or unfavorable opinion is then issued for the delivery of the export license, the notification of conditions by Customs and by the DGA. Thus the right to sell is authorized, and commercial negotiations with the buyer can then follow. To be continued: Germany’s desire to harmonize the control of arms exports at the European level to limit sales to European Union and NATO countries. Countries that are clients of German industry. This situation would be a disaster for our defense industry, in view of our current commercial partners (Saudi Arabia, Egypt…).
To be continued: Germany’s desire to harmonize the control of arms exports at the European level to limit sales to European Union and NATO countries. Countries that are clients of German industry. This situation would be a disaster for our defense industry, in view of our current commercial partners (Saudi Arabia, Egypt…).
The suicide of the French industry
Between the early 2000s and 2019, France’s manufacturing share of GDP fell from 23% to 10%. Afterwards, with the health crisis, it dropped slightly again, below the 10% threshold. Unfortunately, unless there is a very unlikely jump, three recent events could destroy it completely.
Poor control of energy expenditure
Energy consumption in 2021 in industry increased by 7%. But it has not, however, caught up with its level before the health crisis of 2020. At the same time, the energy bill has risen sharply in 2021 (+46%). This is what a recent study by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) reveals.
When taxes are among the highest in the world and energy costs are five times higher than in the United States, it is not surprising that for capable manufacturing companies, offshoring is not only desirable but necessary for survival. If this relocation takes some time, the abandonment, little by little, of projects on our territory is immediately noticed, for example some of our big industrial companies: Safran, Saint-Gobain, Solvay which cancelled French or European projects to execute them in the United States. In recent years, we have seen a very strong rebound in the exchange of capital from France to the United States, which illustrates this last observation very well.
High inflation but low competitiveness.
The economic fallout of the war in Ukraine and the counter-blow of the health crisis is putting us in a period of very high inflation.
This situation is set to worsen with a new law recently passed by the U.S. Congress: the Inflation Reduction Act, which will further increase the attractiveness of the U.S. industrial sector by providing direct subsidies for the installation of factories and assistance to consumers who need it.
President Emmanuel Macron is threatening to do the same in Europe, but that could lead to a protectionist war. There remains the possibility of aligning compulsory levies with the levels of our German neighbors, which could eventually make the country competitive and sustainable!
The issue of the carbon tax = Europe’s suicide
As if these obstacles were not enough, Europe has just decided unilaterally to impose a carbon tax.
This may not be a bad idea, but unfortunately two conditions are not met:
- It must apply to all countries facing the risk of double shortage, but above all inflation, since consumers will pay the price. So unless we can produce at low cost in Europe, we will have years of inflation. This is possible in some Eastern European countries, but not in France because of its fiscal and administrative environment.
- The tax should apply to all products, from raw materials to finished products. Unfortunately, this was not the case in the European project, initially limited to raw materials: steel, cement, fertilizer, aluminum and electricity.
The example of a knife heard on Les Experts, hosted by Nicolas Doze, illustrates the real problem of this tax: If a knife made entirely of steel was manufactured in France from imported steel, a carbon tax would apply. If it is produced abroad, it will not be taxed.
It would therefore not be surprising if the Laguiole knife was only made in China. This decision, applicable from 2026, is the culmination of our European thinkers who have found the ultimate weapon to achieve “zero CO2 emissions”: it is the collective suicide of Europe!
Industry still represents half of French exports. In 2021, it employs 2.7 million people and has a turnover of 870 billion euros. The concern is that the share of manufacturing industry in GDP will decrease again by a factor of 2 or 3, with predictable consequences.
The government is putting in place numerous measures to help industries face the strong increase in costs, especially those related to energy. For example the device of aid to the companies (measure of support to the payment of the electricity bills (tariff shield…).
Many industries will disappear or relocate, which will lead in the long term to the disappearance of our French know-how and make it less and less competitive.
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NEW DELAY FOR BOEING SUPER JUMBO 777X
Boeing’s jumbo jet schedule has officially slipped another year. From 2023 it had passed to 2024; it will now be 2025.
This puts it customers in an uncomfortable position, in particular Emirates, which has ordered no less than 115 (almost 50% of total orders to date.)
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First “Open Skies” agreement between the EU and ASEAN
On June 2, 2021, the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations concluded the ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (AE CATA). These negotiations were first discussed in February 2014 during an ASEAN-EU aviation summit. It was in October 2016 that the rounds of negotiations began.
This agreement, which has received little coverage in the European daily press, marks a global turning point for the aviation sector and for airlines. It is the first agreement between these two trading blocks that provides for an “open sky” or “open air zone”. Commercial services between these two regions and cargo services between and beyond any country will be unlimited. Airlines will be able to offer up to 14 weekly passenger services.
In addition, such an agreement is a great opportunity for both regions to boost their economic activities, following the global pandemic.
The Chairman of the ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting, Mr. Sun Chanthol, said: “ASEAN applauds this significant achievement. The Agreement would result in significant greater connectivity between ASEAN and the EU, benefitting a population of 1.1 billion people and enabling greater business, trade, tourism and people-to-people links between both regions”.
ASEAN Secretary General Dato Lim Hoi added in a separate statement: “The AE CATA would significantly strengthen air connectivity between ASEAN and Europe and bring both regions even closer together. This would allow them to reap further economic benefits.”
Finally, Ms. Adina Vãlean, European Commissioner for Transport, stated: “The conclusion of this first-ever ‘bloc-to-bloc’ air transport agreement marks an important milestone in the EU’s external aviation policy. […] I am grateful for the constructive approach of all parties involved, which made this historic deal possible.”
The formal signing of the CATA EA will take place at a later date, as the agreement is currently undergoing legal review.
This agreement could be a precursor to others and may be expanded rapidly.
Symbio, a leader in hydrogen fuel cells
Located in Paris, Symbio is looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and develop renewable energy. Thus, since 2010, Symbio has been developing and marketing fuel cells. Indeed, in March 2013 an agreement between Symbio and Renaud was signed, generating the production of several models equipped with this technology, including the Kangoo ZE H2 in 2014. Since then, Symbio has signed new agreements and become a joint venture with Michelin and Faurecia. Today, these hydrogen fuel cells guarantee battery-powered electric vehicles a doubled range and a recharging time of just a few minutes. More than 200 vehicles are already equipped with these batteries and have covered more than 3 million kilometers. These batteries can generate between 5 and 300kW and can thus be adapted to all types of vehicles, from small light city cars, to large handling or mining vehicles, as well as trains and boats.
Symbio meets the expectations and concerns of fleet managers, as it is possible to equip vehicles with zero-emission batteries without defining a new operating scheme. It also meets the needs of manufacturers by offering a wide range of battery versions, available for all types of vehicles.
Symbio aspires to become the world leader in hydrogen-powered mobility for all vehicles equipped with this system. It is therefore committed to mastering the cost curve and implementing automotive production standards by 2023 and to producing 200,000 StackPacks per year by 2030. Currently, three StackPacks are on display: H2Motiv, a complete range of StackPacks (Automotive), StackPack S, designed for light vehicles and city buses, and StackPack M, which is aimed more at 44-ton trucks and SUVs. The latter will be available from 2023.
Syber Jet SJ30
Thirty years after the first presentations of a prototype in 1991, SyberJet Aircraft proposes a new revolutionary aircraft: the SyberJet SJ30. This 6-seater jet from the Light Jet family is much lighter than other high-end jets. Rather small and with good aerodynamics, it is handy and fast. It is equipped with two Williams International JJ44-2A engines that allow it to travel up to 2,500 nautical miles at an average speed of 850 km/h, with a fuel consumption reduction of 25% compared to alternative jets. A New York – Los Angeles or a North Atlantic crossing become easy thanks to its capabilities.
The interior of the aircraft was designed to be comfortable and space-free. The most luxurious materials have been used to achieve a pleasant interior that takes back the appearance and sensations of a sports car. In addition, to optimize the concentration of pilots, the cockpit has been improved to maximize the space of pilots and to reduce at best the visual congestion.
The SyberJet SJ30 can reach 41,000 feet with a pressure similar to that of sea level. Up to 49,000 feet, it can pass over any traffic, weather conditions, and more direct routes to its destination.
Certified by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), the SyberJet SJ30 has also pushed its safety standards, improved its aviation design while reducing pilots’ workload.
This new technology gem is priced between $8.3 and $8.5 million at the catalogue price. It is produced in Utah, Cedar City. The company does not disclose its sales.