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World’s Premier Aerospace Show ‘ILA’ Goes Digital

As the world’s longest-running aerospace show, ILA has always stood for innovation and leadership in this high-tech industry. Determined not to bow down before the coronavirus pandemic, ILA, originally scheduled to be held in Berlin from 13 to 17 May, is now being launched as ILA Goes Digital, the world’s first digital aerospace trade fair. 
From 13 May, as the world’s first digital aerospace show, ILA is providing fascinating and forward-looking online content that reflects the dynamic developments and innovative trends in the industry. Thus, the fascinating world of aerospace can also be experienced from afar. Every Wednesday, from 13 May until the end of July, the latest digital content is being made available on the ILA Goes Digital website.
Innovation, green aviation, digitisation, additive manufacturing and sustainability are key topics at ILA Goes Digital and The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) and Messe Berlin GmbH have both given a positive assessment of the digital show. 
ILA Goes Digital focuses as much on interviews with industry experts, webinars and presentations of innovative technology as on matchmaking. Attendees can join the discussion and make contact under the hashtags #IlaGoesDigital, #AeroSpaceInsights and #WeAreAviation.
Particularly in these difficult times, being able to exchange information on specialist subjects and on a personal level is more important than ever, in order to drive forward innovation and help shape the future of the aerospace industry.
”With the first edition of ILA Goes Digital, our industry has once again set an example”, said BDLI Managing Director Volker Thum.” We had already successfully transformed ILA from the world’s longest-running aerospace exhibition into the industry’s leading innovative trade fair. And with ILA Goes Digital, now more than ever, the show stands for Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace. To date around 100 aerospace companies have displayed and shared their fascinating products and projects as well as the latest content on this platform.”
Direct and Easy Access to the World of Aviation, Space Flight
One of the key topics at ILA Goes Digital is the future of flying. Exhibitors are also displaying VR applications, innovative urban mobility concepts and groundbreaking developments, including quantum technology applications in the aerospace industry.
Clean Sky Project to Generate Electrical Power during Flight as on Ground
The European research programme Clean Sky 2 shows how innovative technologies that can be employed to reduce emissions. After the success and closing of Clean Sky 1, for the last few years Clean Sky 2 has been working on various innovative projects in aeronautics to reduce CO2, NOx and gas emissions. Today’s aircraft engines, in addition to propelling the aircraft along their route, also generate the electrical power required for many onboard functions – cockpit avionics, satellite communications, passenger cabin lighting and heating, galleys for warming food, and other functions. 
The checklist gets longer as aircraft replace hydraulic and pneumatic systems with electric alternatives. Clean Sky’s Non-Propulsive Energy (NPE) project focuses on new architectures that enable the aircraft’s Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) – which is usually used solely to provide power when the aircraft is on the ground at the airport gate – to serve the demands of the next generation of more electrical aircraft by generating power during flight, not just on the ground. 
The shift towards electrification for future airliners and business jets means that aircraft electrical architectures will have to be conceived in a more integrated manner in order to realise energy efficiencies. 
MTU Aero Engines to Meet Next Gen Fighter Plane Needs
New challenges need new answers. The answer to protecting German and European airspace is a combination of manned and unmanned aerial systems, the Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The Next Generation Weapon System (NGWS), working title of the new combat aircraft, will be an essential part of this. It should be available from 2040.
A project of this size requires multinational partnerships at European level. That is why France and Germany decided in mid-2017 to jointly develop the new fighter jet. The industrial partners have been working on the architecture of the future air defence system as part of a joint concept study since early 2019. 
Rolls Royce to Make Air Travel More Environment Friendly
Rolls-Royce is working on innovations to make air traffic even more environmentally friendly today and tomorrow. Rolls-Royce Trent XWB, a highly efficient large engine in the world, powers the Airbus A350XWB.  
Rolls-Royce believes hybrid electric drive technology will change the industry as profoundly as the gas turbine technology that replaced the piston engine. For Rolls-Royce, the “third era of aviation” begins here.
It started with the electrification of smaller propeller planes, while research into electric drives for larger regional planes began. For Rolls-Royce, close cooperation with partners from the entire sector is also crucial: aviation can only participate successfully in technological and social change if industry, research and politics give their work a common direction.
The activities for the electrification of aviation are bundled at Rolls-Royce in the research and development unit “Electrical”. Rolls-Royce can also fall back on already mature technology from the Power Systems and Defense business units: hybrid electric drives for trains, network and distribution technology, gas turbine generator sets as electricity producers for electrically operated ships and starter generators.  
In addition to the new locations in Bavaria, Rolls-Royce Electrical has offices and workshops in Brandenburg, Great Britain, the U.S., Singapore and Hungary. Germany as a location plays a crucial role on the way to electric flying.
In addition to electrification, sustainable fuels play an important role. In Lusatia, for example, sustainable fuels will be generated from solar and wind power.
Avio Aero to Collaborate in Military Turboprop Market
Avio Aero and MT-Propeller have signed an agreement recently to collaborate in the military turboprop market, offering an integrated engine-propeller system. The Bavarian company is now Avio Aero’s preferred propeller supplier for military applications outside the U.S., targeting UAVs, trainers and light transport market segments.
Through this collaboration, Avio Aero is best positioned to offer military customers in Europe as well as around the world an integrated propulsion module based on the Catalyst turboprop engine and on the vast portfolio of commercial off-the-shelf propeller systems by MT-Propeller that maximise the value of the integration.
This collaboration further enhances the European nature of the Catalyst engine project, both in terms of technology and industrial return. The Catalyst engine is based on all-European technology and is produced between Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, France, Germany, Austria and Spain. 
A Smart Cabin Journey from DIEHL
In an interview, Dr. Helge Sachs of DIEHL Aviation talked about digital solutions and the seamless user experience of flying in the future. By implementing One-Stop-Service strategy, DIEHL Aviation makes this “comfort” available to customers for retrofit and refurbishment services. 
DIEHL’s range of comprehensive solutions include all individual services: From initial consultation and planning services via the implementation of development and production tasks to complete integration, together with issuing all certificates required to resume flight operations. 
Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator Drives Innovation
ILA Goes Digital takes visitors on a virtual tour of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme that accelerates innovation by taking promising technologies out of the lab and testing them in the air to solve real-world challenges for airlines, passengers and the environment. A different airplane is used each year as a flying test bed to evaluate projects that improve the entire aviation ecosystem. 
Projects range from technologies that enhance safety and reduce fuel use, emissions and noise to cabin amenities that make flying more enjoyable for passengers to features such as smart galleys, seats and lavatories that increase airline reliability and the efficiency of their fleets and crews.
From Webinars to Virtual Trade Fair Stands
ILA Goes Digital features even more wide-ranging topics. At a webinar, Droniq demonstrated how drones can be flown safely and efficiently. On 2 July, another webinar will focus on the future of Urban Mobility (UAM). 
Moreover, on July 1, the BDLI has extended an invitation to a virtual panel discussion: ‘The Future Combat Air System – opportunities and challenges for German industry’. 
Additionally, Rheinmetall and Hensoldt are digitally transforming their trade fair stands and taking visitors on a virtual tour of innovations and solutions in defence and safety systems.
Meet the Industry: Virtual Matchmaking and Networking
ILA Goes Digital also provides the backdrop for start-up pitches by young entrepreneurs. The International Aerospace Days, which took place until 18 June, by Berlin Partner for Business and Technology provided an opportunity to find new joint venture partners for innovation and B2B business on the national and international stage. 
Degree course opportunities and job offers are also part of ILA Goes Digital, and the Career Centre is where companies and universities are represented. 
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