The fifth outing of the Air Charter Expo will take place on 14 September 2021, and for the first time will be a fully hybrid event. As well as live webcasting the conference programs, with delegates able to pose questions and interact with the assembled panel and audience from anywhere around the world, there will also be virtual booth spaces alongside the real-world exhibition.
"Using technology developed during lockdown for fully virtual conferences we can combine the best aspects of physical and online events in one feature-packed day," says organiser Mark Ranger. "Delegates can come along to London Biggin Hill Airport for a highly effective single day kicking aircraft tyres and meeting customers, suppliers and their peers, or if unable to travel they can still play a full part in the conferences and visit virtual booths and static display aircraft."
The same single, simple registration will enable fast access both at the show entrance and online.
More than 1,100 delegates are expected to attend in person - a total that has been steadily increasing as the show has grown in stature and importance in recent years - and they will be able to browse over 60 exhibits and step aboard about 20 business aircraft inside the exhibition hangar and on the adjacent apron.
The aircraft on show will, as usual, cover the full range currently available for business air charter, from the most comfortable helicopters, to fixed-wing aircraft from turboprops up to ultra long-range jets. This year, for the first time, the highlight of the static aircraft park will be the first electric aircraft to market, providing a first glimpse of these exciting technologies for the aircraft operators who will be looking to invest in them.
The conference program will also provide insights into the new aircraft technology which is set to transform the business of air charter. The all-important morning sessions will be hosted by The Air Charter Association (The ACA) and address key issues affecting charter brokers and aircraft operating companies, while a packed afternoon programme will be staged under the Green Charter banner. This will present a range of topics covering electric and hybrid aircraft in development, how technology can assist business aviation to minimise its environmental footprint and how our industry can lead in its public facing activities.
Held in partnership with The ACA and Business Air News (BAN) magazine, the exhibition's new hybrid approach is opening up ACE21 to worldwide participation. BAN publisher and editor David Wright notes: “Our team is working with exhibitors and sponsors to put together a much-expanded show, and we are looking forward to a landmark event in 2021.”