Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Bruno Ghils & Pierre Taquet - Translations: Marc Arys © sbap 2015

The 51st edition of the prestigious Salon du Bourget took off on June 15 during the opening day in presence of the President of the Republic, Mr. François Hollande, Ms Ségolène Royale, Minister of Environment and Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence. This inaugural day is always a little unusual as one can easily, wandering by the various booths, bump into one or other great name of the French aviation history or illustrious people within the hexagone. Our team had the honour of encountering Mr Serge Dassault and one of the Bogdanov brothers, Ms Catherine Maunoury, manager of the Musée de l'Air and Ms Dorine Bourneton, this disabled pilot who earned her aerbobatic licence and of whom we already talked in our report on La Ferté Alais. Those two iconic ladies of French aviation each wrote a book and for us it was the occasion to get their books signed and have a little chat with them. But let's get into the heat of the Salon du Bourget and talk about the demonstrations. The first impression was that this year's Salon was resolutely turned towards civil and commercial aviation as the big military novelties were not present. No F-35, Saab Gripen or Aermacchi M346 despite potential available sales. Is Belgium not seaking to replace its F-16 ? Not to mention the aging pool of training aircraft. Of course, this Salon 2015 was the year of the batlle of the giants between Boeing and Airbus already started during the 2013 edition. The displayed aircraft were an obvious evidence of this, but beside those two giants other manufacturers such as Embraer or Sukhoi were quite present. Not to forget the newcomer in the "narrow body" category, the Canadian Bombardier company with its "C series" aimed at the medium range market. Boeing and Airbus can await some increased competition for the years to come. The Salon of Paris is also a main venue for manufacturers to exhibit their knowledge in the spatial and aeronautical domain. The exhibition halls were filled with al kind of products, ranging from seals, bolts, stickers (markings) to other products intended for aeronautical constructions. As we will see further on, the Belgian air- and space industry was also well represented in hall 2. Let us have a look at these various categories, but before going on, the SBAP-tam wishes to thank heartily the GIFAS and its press services for the accreditations and provided facilities during our stay. Also a little word to our national industry and in particular to Sonaca for inviting us in the Belgian chalet allowing us to meet very interesting people and a little wink to Mr Pierre Taquet, our host for the day.

Mister François Hollande Pesident of the French Republic, Miss Ségolène Royale Minister of the Environment and Mister Jean-Yves Le Drian Minister of Defence
(Bruno Ghils - Serge Van Heertum - Bruno Ghils)
Mister Serge Dassault (Serge Van Heertum) Igor Bogdanov (Serge Van Heertum)

Miss Catherine Maunoury (Serge Van Heertum)

Miss Dorine Bourneton (Bruno Ghils)
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