A flying demonstration of a UAV will be among a number of firsts at next week's Asian Aerospace show

Asian Aerospace 2004, held between 24 and 29 February, will be the last to be staged at Singapore's Changi Exhibition Centre, as the 2006 show will move to a new larger location. But the organisers are still promising a number of firsts this year.

The 2002 event attracted 747 exhibitors from 36 countries, with a total of 23,433 trade visitors from 78 countries and 40,000 public visitors. More than $3.2 billion worth of trade deals were announced at the event, which is held every two years and managed by Reed Exhibitions, a sister company of Flight International.

Returning to the show this time will be official events on the sidelines as well as new conferences focusing on unmanned aerial vehicles and airline-related issues.

Organisers also say there will be a first at a major international air show: a UAV flying demonstration. Taking to the air will be the EADS and Israel Aircraft Industries - Malat Eagle UAV.

Aerobatic formation displays, which were absent from the flying display at AA2002, will return this year, with two Indian teams flying fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. There will also be between 30 and 50 different types of aircraft on static display. The event will host 758 exhibitors from 33 countries.

Source: Flight International