My Trip to Paris: First a Little History

June 16, 2017 | Author: Hank Winterscheidt

  • Honeywell employee Hank Winterscheidt was chosen as Honeywell’s on-scene reporter at the 2017 Paris Air Show. He’ll be sharing his impressions with his colleagues via employee communications media and with readers of the Follow the Aero blog. Bon Voyage, Hank!


Before I embark upon this thrilling journey to the Paris Air Show (PAS), it’s worth noting that attending the PAS has honestly been the No. 1 item on my “bucket list” ever since I was a kid.

I’ve spent hours watching YouTube videos depicting the exhilarating flight demonstrations that bring fame to the PAS. However, there’s actually a lot more to the show than what you see on YouTube. Plus, my manager made me stop watching videos at work.

So here’s what I’ve learned about the non-YouTube history of the Paris Air Show.

The PAS is currently the largest aviation showcase in the world, a forum for aerospace giants to flex their muscles and an opportunity for startups to show the world their revolutionary technologies. Although, the pageantry and grandeur of the Paris Air Show has remained unchanged in over 100 years, the technology on display has changed drastically.

The original airshow actually featured automobiles and dirigible airships as some of the marquee attractions. At the time, fixed-wing aviation technology was only in its infancy. The early airshows conjure images of airplanes with canvas wings and aviators braving the elements as they took to the skies in unimaginably cramped fuselages (so basically, imagine modern-day economy seating).

The PAS has played host to several historic events including the public debuts of the Boeing®747 and the Concorde in 1969. Just recently, Airbus®stole the show as they drew record crowds to witness the public debut of the A380.

Honeywell has played a pivotal role in many of the achievements at the PAS and will make headlines again this year with our cutting-edge JetWave high-speed satellite communications hardware and other elements of our exciting and innovative Connected Aircraft solutions.

Many of this year’s marquee reveals are shrouded in secrecy. But I can tell you that the displays will include breathtaking flight demos, cutting-edge products and never-before-seen technologies…plus I’ve been told there’s an “all you can eat” buffet!

So stay tuned as I report on all of the exciting events that are sure to take place at this year’s Paris Air Show!

Hank Winterscheidt

Hank Winterscheidt

Hank Winterscheidt is a Production Engineer who specializes in mechanical assemblies. He enjoys learning new skills and taking on unfamiliar challenges.

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