Best Aerospace & Defense Trade shows & Conferences in 2020

Trade shows and conferences can be very controversial as some companies doesn’t see the return on investment that they can representing. In the Aerospace & Defense industry, theses events are the main Go To Market solution for most of the companies. We are working in an industry that has highly confidential information and it is necessary in most of the case to establish a face to face buyer- seller relationship. Trade shows and conference allow as well to connect with our peers and continue developing specific expertise.

So which Trade Show it is best to attend depending on your type of business and expertise? There are dozens of trade shows worldwide to choose worldwide, which ones are worth visiting?

Fortunately for you, all the information you need on the aerospace and defense trade shows can be found here. 

So let’s get started first with some key figures on the aerospace and defense market industry. 

Aerospace & Defense Market Key Figures

From 2018 to 2019, the aerospace and defense industry has seen considerable growth so far and is predicted to maintain its performance into 2020.

For example, it is expected that about 38,000 aircraft are to be produced globally in the next 20 years. As a result of the increase in aircraft production, there is now a backlog of around 14,000 aircraft in the global market. 

Much of the increased growth is due to trends in the United States but there is also more considerable growth in the aerospace and defense market in other countries. Some of these countries or regions include China, the Middle East, Japan, India, the UK and France.

Some of the reasons for the growth in this industry are from increased passenger travel and also an increase in military expenditures around the world.

As a result, the strong economic performance in the aerospace and defense market is largely from positive trends in aircraft production for commercial use and also from increases in defense spending. 

As of right now, geopolitical tensions are one of the major reasons for an increase in military spendings. We can easily list few of them such as

  • The increased conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
  • Trade War between the US and China has gotten worse over the previous few years.
  • The conflicts in the South China Sea. 
  • Disputes between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands. Resulting to have Japan reinterpreted its constitution to give more powers to its Self-Defense Force.   
  • Risk of conflict on the Korean Peninsula
  • Tensions between India and Pakistan. 

These are just a few of the examples of the geopolitical tensions that exist today that justify currently Defense spending globally.

Why Going to an Aerospace & Defense TradeShow

As illustrated in the beginning of this article, going to an aerospace & Defense Trade show or conference is generally the best thing to do if you want to develop your activity.

Connecting with customers

Either if it new or existing ones, theses events are the best place to get business done in a short period of time. It is often really exhausting but it is worse it.

Connecting with your Peers

On top of the knowledge you can obtain from these events, you can also establish real connections with professional individuals within the aerospace and defense industry.

Keeping an eye on your competitors

All the industry players are generally attending the trade shows probably including your competitors. It is generally very interesting to have a look at their product innovation, marketing and strategy.

Learn about technical innovation

There is a lot you can learn in a traditional trade show as all the companies present their innovation and send in some case their product managers or engineering directors.

Learn about the market trend

Few conferences are generally organized where you can learn for key experts and analysts on markets forecasts.

Witness the advancement in our industry

It was on December 17, 1903 when the first plane took off, a little over a hundred years ago – not too long ago. So much have been achieved as we have now planes flying daily for commercial and military use. So let’s not forget that one of the benefits of going to an aerospace and defense Trade show is to appreciate the incredible advancements we have made as humans in aerospace and defense technology. 

The follow ing list is what we believe to be the best 30 aerospace and defense shows that we recommend you to attend.


Top 30 Aerospace & Defense Shows to Attend in 2020

We listed world wide Aerospace & Defense events here.

Paris Airshow / Farnborough

Paris Airshow and Farnborough international air show are the two main trade show to attend if you do business in the Aerospace and Defense. Theses two show generally happen in June and the location just rotate between London and Paris each years. This show just have all the main players of the industries and you can witness each year the battle of contracts announcement between Airbus and Boeing.

MRO Latin America

If you are based in Latin America, this is by farone of the best aerospace and defense shows to visit. From January 22 to January 23, 2020, this show is for professional visitors only and is located in Cartagena, Colombia. You will find the best airline managers, security experts and more in Latin America at this event. Highly recommended for professional individuals that want to make connections in Latin America and Colombia. 

International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2020

This event is located in Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The dates for this event are March 23 to March 25, 2020. This is a technical conference that has the best and latest aircraft. It is much better suited for professionals interested in the latest remote-sensing and data collection technology

FIDAE 2020

This will be an amazing air show located in Santiago, Chile at an airport there called Aeropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benitez. The event will take place from March 31 to April 5, 2020. So if you want to see some of the best aircraft flying in South America, then come to Chile to enjoy this event! Similar to the previously mentioned event, this show is useful for any professional individual that wants to make connections in Latin America. 

Satellite 2020

This event will be located in Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The dates for this event are in May 2020 but exact days have not yet been confirmed. This is a great event for those that want to see specifically a conference and exposition on the latest technology in the satellite industry and technology concerning aeronautics and telecommunications. 

Canadian Aviation Association Convention 2020

This event will be located in Calgary, Canada and is from June 23 to June 25, 2020. There will be a trade show and a static display along with an aircraft convention. The event is led by the Canadian Aviation Association, one of the best organizations in the Canadian aerospace industry. They are a leader in the Canadian aviation business community. So if you want strong connections with the Canadian aviation business community, this is the place to go to in 2020.

ATX Montreal 2020

This event will be held in Montreal at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal from November 4 to November 5, 2020. Here there will be an automation conference and exhibition with suppliers in various areas of the market from aerospace and defense to industrial products. This event is an ideal supplemental experience to the last event in that it will bring you some additional business contacts to work with in Canada.

Feiplar Composites & Feiplar 2020

This will be another amazing event in aerospace located in South America. Specifically, you can find this event in São Paulo, Brazil at the Expo Center Norte. The event will be held sometime in November 2020 with specific days not yet confirmed.

Here there will be an international exhibition and conference on different materials used in the aerospace industry, including engineered plastics, polyurethane and composites. So if you are looking to establish business connections within that part of this industry in South America, you should check out this event. 

Labace 2020

This is another event held in São Paulo, Brazil and will be held sometime in August 2020 with specific dates to be confirmed later.

This is one of the best events to attend for anyone in the public that is interested in Latin American business aviation as there will be a conference and exhibition on this held here. There will be plenty to learn in this event when it comes to the latest trends in the aerospace industry in Brazil. 

Boeing Seafair Air Show 2020

 This event will be held in Seattle, Washington at the Genesee Park sometime in August 2020 with dates later to be specified. 

This event will hold some of the most impressive air shows in the US and will allow you to learn well about the aerospace industry and Boeing. So make sure not to miss it! 

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show 2020

This event will be held in Corsicana, Texas at the Cedar Creek Lake during sometime in July 2020 with specific dates to be later confirmed.

This will be one of the best air shows in the US in 2020 with a wide variety of aircraft to be shown. These aircraft include vintage aircraft, RV aircraft, warbirds, firefighter planes and much more.

Given the wide variety of aircraft presented in this conference, you will have plenty to learn from about the aerospace industry and the different aircraft that exists. 

MRO Middle East

This event will be held for professional visitors in Dubai at the Dubai World Trade Center from February 25 to February 26, 2020.

Here you will find the best communication platform that will provide crucial and updated information on industry issues and forecasts for the industry in the Middle East. There will be global airline managers, suppliers, security experts and more at this event. 

So if you want to establish crucial business connections within the aerospace and defense industry within the Middle East, this is the event to visit. 

Singapore Air show

This event will be held from February 11 to February 16, 2020 at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

Here you will find one of the best air shows in Singapore with an international exhibition for airport development. By far this is the best event to go to for learning about the aerospace industry in Singapore in 2020 and establishing business connections in this country. 

MRO Russia & CIS

This event will be held at the World Trade Center in Moscow, Russia from March 10 to March 11, 2020. Similar to the other MRO events listed here, this will be one of the best events to attend in Russia.

They will have numerous security experts and airline managers to learn from at their trade fair and conference at this event. Therefore, if you wish to establish business connections and learn from experts in Russia, then this event is crucial to attend in 2020 and will give you the best knowledge and connections in Russia for this year. 

Aircrafts Interiors Expo

This event is for professional visitors only at Hamburg, Germany in a place called Messe Hamburg. 

This event will have one of the best exhibitions in the world regarding aircraft equipment. If you are interested to learn more about specific aircraft equipment or establish connections with professionals in this part of the aerospace industry in Germany, then you should attend.

Passenger Terminal Expo

This event will be held from March 31 to April 2, 2020 in Paris at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. 

This is one of the best international trade fairs with a conference and exhibition. This event will focus on themes such as passenger terminal design, security, management and technology. There will be various CEOs, airport executives, engineers and more at this event to learn from. Therefore, if you wish to learn more about these topics and also establish connections with professionals from France, then I recommend you visit this event. 

ILA Berlin Air Show

This event will be held in Schönefeld, Germany in 2020. For those in Germany, this will be one of the better events to attend to enjoy a nice air show with aircraft in the sky. While this event won’t be as useful for establishing professional business connections, it will be better for simply learning about aerospace and the different aircraft that is out there. This event is better for beginners that are interested in the aerospace and defense industry. 

Japan Aerospace

This event will be held in a place called Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan in November 2020. There will be an international exhibition of aviation and aerospace technology for everybody to enjoy. 

This event also allows the general public to visit as well and not just professional visitors. So while this event is more ideal for beginners learning about the aerospace industry, it is one of the better and only events available for learning about the aerospace industry in Japan. Therefore, you can learn a lot and make good connections with professionals from Japan here.

Air Expo

This event will be held in Zel am See, Austria at a place called Flugplatz. The event will be held sometime in September 2020 with dates to be released at a later time.

You should visit this event because it is the largest aviation trade fair in Austria and one of the better ones to visit in Europe in general. Given that it only takes place every two years, make sure to visit it in 2020 as it will be a long wait before another one happens. There will be lecturers on aviation safety so check it out.

And given that it is the largest trade fair in Austria, this place is the eventto attend if you want to establish real connections with professional individuals in the Austrian aerospace industry. There is no other event that compares to this one for learning about the aerospace industry in Austria and establishing connections there. 

Aircrafts Interior Expo

This event will be held in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center in September 2020. 

There will be an exhibition of aircraft equipment with information provided to visitors on topics such as modernization concepts and priority issues in the aerospace industry. In short, this event is better suited for those wanting to learn about upcoming trends in the aerospace industry and what improvements can be expected with aircraft in the future. 

World Aviation Festival

This event is one of the best aviation events to attend in England. It will be held in London at the Business Design  Center in September 2020. There will be an aviation business and technology show for professional visitors only.

At this exhibition and conference, you will find some of the best airlines, travel and airport technology companies represented here in England. Therefore, for those interested in learning about the aerospace industry in England and establishing connections with British professionals, you should attend this event. This is likely to be even more important now than ever before because England is scheduled to leave the European Union and you will want to learn from professionals here on how that will impact the aerospace industry in England. 

Inter Airport China

This event will be held in Beijing, China at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) in September 2020. 

While here, you will enjoy an international trade fair that focuses on safety, design and service of imports and issues regarding technology in the aerospace industry.

And given that China has one of the biggest economies in the world and in Asia, it is an ideal country to visit for learning about the aerospace industry in this region. China has a growing aerospace industry as it develops and you will be able to learn a lot and establish business connections with professionals here. 

Abu Dhabi Heli Expo

You can attend this event in Abu Dhabi at the Al Bateen Executive Airport. That is located in the downtown area. The event will be held in February 2020 with specific dates for the event to be specified at a later point.

There will be a helicopter exhibition with helicopters for tourist or charter purposes to be shown to those attending this event. 

In short, this event is more entertainment in a way for those interested in enjoying some of the helicopters that will be shown. However, there is plenty to learn here if you are interested in helicopters in Abu Dhabi and perhaps meet some interesting people. 

Aeromart

This event is held for only professional visitors in Toulouse, France at a place called Parc des Expositions. The dates for this event are December 2 to December 3, 2020 near the end of the year. 

There will be an international aerospace exhibition and congress available for those attending. Some of the best manufacturers in the industry will be at this event. Therefore, if you want to meet these manufacturers that do a lot of impressive work in France, then you should visit this event. 

Coburg Airshow

This is a simple but exciting airshow that will be held in Coburg, Germany and is available to anyone in the public. 

The dates for this event are still unknown so keep an eye out for dates on this one since it will be worth the visit! It is mostly for entertainment since it is an air show but you can surely learn a bit about the aerospace industry and the aircraft available in Germany by attending. 

AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum 2020

This event is one of the best in the US and will be held from June 5 to June 19, 2020. Given how it is much longer than most events, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy while coming here.

So where should you go? Reno, Nevada. 

Once there in June 2020, you will enjoy some of the best networking available for Boeing industry, air traffic control support, latest aircraft design and more. This event is more ideal for those interested in establishing connections and learning from professionals associated with Boeing.

West Grand Traverse Bay Air Show 2020

This event will be held in Traverse City, Michigan in the US and will be held sometime in June 2020 with specific dates for this event to be specified at a later point.

This is an acrobatic air show near Lake Michigan with a wide variety of aircraft to be shown, including vintage aircraft, RV aircraft, warbirds and more. So don’t miss it!

Similar to just a few of the other events on this list, this event is more ideal for beginners looking to learn about some aspects of the aerospace industry in the US but also enjoy a good show. 

Aerospace Meetings Brazil 2020

This is an international business convention held in São José dos Campos, Brazil during June 2020 with specific dates to be specified later.

This matchmaking event will discuss topics related to aeronautics and subcontracting, suppliers and partners for those interested in the aerospace industry in Brazil.

Out of all of the events for Brazil in this list, this is by far the best event to attend. All of the best leaders within the Brazilian aerospace and defense industry will be here as it is a business convention. For those looking to learn and do business in Brazil within their aerospace industry, this event is recommended. 

Fastener Fair Mexico 2020

This event will be held somewhere in Mexico with a specific place to be specified later (though previous events were held in Mexico City). The event will be held in June 2020 with specific dates to be specified at a later point.

This is an international exhibition that will have plenty of information regarding fixing and fastener technology. Being one of the best events to attend in Mexico for aerospace, this event is recommended for those looking to learn about the aerospace industry in Mexico and establish connections with professionals in this country. 

Low Cost Airlines World Americas

This will be held in Miami, Florida in the US from May 12 to May 13, 2020 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. 

This event is a congress for people to attend and learn regarding low cost airlines and commercial aircraft in the tourism industry. So if you are interested in learning more about low cost airlines and commercial aircraft in the US, this is the event to attend in 2020. 

Auvsi’s Exponential 2020

This event will be held from May 4 to May 7, 2020 in Boston, MA at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. 

Here you will encounter an exhibition and conference that has plenty of information on topics such as unmanned systems technologies for air, sea and land. Therefore, there will be plenty of information on automotive engineering, systems and components, robotics, aeronautics and more. For those interested in learning about some of this upcoming and latest technology in the aerospace industry in the US, then you should check out this event. You will learn a lot and establish a lot of connections with experts in this side of the industry. 

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that these are just some of the numerous amazing events on aerospace and defense in 2020. However, based on our intensive research, these are some of the best aerospace and defense shows being hosted in 2020.

So make sure to check them out! 

And if you have any questions or concerns, let us know in the comment section. Thank you for reading!