Chile’s FIDAE 2016
The significant theme of the 19th edition of Chile’s FIDAE 2016 exhibition was ensuring that aviation was at the forefront of the exhibition dubbed ‘wings of change.’ Staged biennially, FIDAE is arguably Latin America’s largest and most successful exhibition and airshow featuring Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security.
The president of FIDAE 2016, General de Aviacion Aivaro Aguirre in his inaugural speech said “Aviation, a synonym of development, is an activity that grew along the years and has been a monitor for the progress of nations. Each year more passengers cross the skies, more cargo is transported by air and the distances every year are longer thanks to the use of bigger, faster and more comfortable commercial aircraft.”
The ‘beat-up.’ A frank discussion
Having been involved in the aviation business for 35 years, initially as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) where I served for some years as its PRO organising the then famous Margate airshows and now as the editor of African Pilot I have frequently witnessed pilots performing ‘beat-ups.’ On more than one occasion the ‘beat-up’ has resulted in a tragedy.
The United States National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) euphemistically refers to ‘manoeuvring,’ in the top three causes of fatal accidents, with usually about 40 percent of general aviation fatalities included in this category. A healthy portion of ‘manoeuvring’ accidents involved pilots who were flying low and either hit something or stalled and spun in whilst ‘pulling up’ from a low pass. It is the ‘watch this!’ general aviation crash that has happened with distressing regularity as far back as there are records.