If found it quite interesting to find both aircraft from Iran (be it unmanned) and the US, being exhibited together.
This years show was however much quieter than earlier editions; for the first time in a long time, virtually no new aircraft orders from the main three UAE carriers were announced. They were however all present with airliners on the static line; a total of three A380 were there; the new 2 class 615 pax Emirates model, a Qatar and Etihad one.
|Etihad A380 in the late afternoon sun|
After having just ordered 22 Cirrus SR-22 single-engine and 5 Embraer Phenom 100E's, Emirates also announced their new "Emirates Flight Training Academy".
|Future Emirates Flight Training Academy Cadet ?|
While the Dubai Airshow is limited to trade visitors(you'll need a proof of connection to Aviation), they have also started giving access to the general public; one can now buy a 70AED (20USD) pass to sit on a grandstand overlooking the show. This does NOT give one access to the aircraft and exhibition hall. I personally wouldn't recommend this limited access entry to any serious aviation enthusiast as the grandstand was quite far away from all the action, especially given the flying display was somewhat limited.
I do however recommend going to the Al Ain Airshow, which this year will be held next month December 17 to 19 and which is always a great day out for everybody with an interest in aviation!
|USAF B-1 Bomber|