Connectors Fly High at the Paris Air Show

By Amy Goetzman | June 20, 2017

The legendary aerospace gathering brings together the industry’s most inventive people, planes, and electronics.



Once again, members of the global aviation electronics industry are preparing to demonstrate their esprit de corps at the International Paris Air Show. The 52nd annual event will be held June 19–25 at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions, with the first four days of the show reserved for trade visitors, and the last three days open to the general public. The International Paris Air Show is organized by the SIAE, a subsidiary of GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association.

The popular highlight? Undoubtedly that would be the flying display, a spectacular demonstration of more than 150 aircraft. Every afternoon, visitors are treated to amazing displays of technological expertise and innovation.

But we’re just here for the connectors. This year promises an outstanding show, with 2,300 international exhibitors, 150,000 trade visitors, 30 national pavilions, and almost 300 official delegations representing the aeronautics and space sector. It’s a must-do event for every major company, and a chance for electronics professionals to connect with others in the industry to share knowledge, products, and ideas.

“Participating in the Paris Air Show and ensuring we are an active part of the conversation driving the future of the industry is critical to our continued success,” said Tom Cruz, vice president and general manager of ITT’s Connect and Control Technologies aerospace and defense business. A significant portion of ITT’s portfolio is devoted to applications for the aerospace market. “In addition, the Paris Air Show is really a can’t miss event because it presents the unique opportunity to connect face-to-face with so many of our key global customers and partners over just a few days.”

The chance to sneak a peek at the competition — or even better, collaborate with colleagues across the industry — makes this show a dynamic learning environment for innovators.

“The Paris Air Show is a great opportunity to learn more about the global technology trends emerging within the aerospace industry. This helps TE because we’re continuously working to improve our own technology, so this gives us a good look at the changes within the aerospace market. It also gives us the chance to connect with other engineers and bounce ideas off each other,” said Thierry Marin-Martinod, chief technology officer, TE Connectivity, Aerospace, Defense & Marine.

Look for special exhibits featuring every facet of the industry, including:

  • Aircraft: construction and assembly and sub-assemblies
  • Space, spacecraft, satellite, and telecommunications
  • Aircraft engines, aerospace power plant, and related equipment
  • Airborne equipment and systems (including weapons)
  • Pilot and navaids
  • Cabin interiors
  • Production equipment, tools, and software
  • Subcontracting (e.g., mechanical engineering and composite materials, aircraft interiors, etc.)
  • Composite materials and surface treatments
  • Maintenance, product support and spares, transport
  • Airport equipment and services

For the latest from leading connector and cable suppliers attending the Paris Air Show, visit these booths and more:

TE Connectivity will present their Connected Aircraft story, explaining how new sensor technologies facilitate signal and power delivery to support applications like in-flight entertainment (IFT) and cabin systems, grounding solutions for composite airframes, avionics packaging, power load balancing of flight controls, landing gear, and jet engines. If you can’t attend, TE is hosting live webinars from the show. “Our technologies help make commercial flight safer and more efficient, and we’re excited to share these technological innovations for aircraft with those in attendance at PAS,” said Marin-Martinod. (Hall 2b B32)

The Harwin booth will feature its Gecko Screw-Lok Connectors, a high-reliability range ideal for space, spacecraft, satellite telecommunications, pilot, navaid, and onboard equipment systems. The Gecko range includes a new Screw-Lok variety for added security and features a 1.25mm pitch, a low profile, and dual-row interconnects that resist disturbance from vibration, shock, and acceleration, making them ideal for harsh environments. (Hall 2b H186)

ATI-Interco’s Paris Air Show booth will feature its new 1mm-pitch connectors, ideal for harsh environments. These connectors boast a compact design and materials optimized for high electrical and mechanical performance under high operating temperatures. Various types of PCB mounting and a wide range of terminations and locking hardware are available. (Hall 2b E184)

The latest from ITT Cannon is the ARINC 801 Fiber Optic Connectors, an end-to-end solution featuring connectors, termini, and cable harnesses. Fast, lightweight, and highly reliable, these harsh environment interconnects are capable of operating at 10Gb/s or more. (Hall 3 A98)

Fischer’s Paris offering is its new UltiMate™ Series, which features either two 26A contacts and three signal contacts or three 16A contacts and three signal contacts. IP68/69 and hermetic sealing, 360° EMC shielding, 10,000 mating cycles, and exceptional resistance to shock, vibration, and corrosion make it ideal for airborne applications. (Hall 4 D165)

Nicomatic is highlighting their new V Shield next-generation shielding technology at Paris. The new V Shield Flat Flex Cable, V Shield Jumper/Extension Cable, and V Shield MicroFlex™ Cable provide excellent EMI/RFI and ESD protection, enable optimal cable routing with minimal joint stress, even in small-space applications, and are rated for 10 million flex cycles at a bend diameter of 63.5mm (2.5”). (Hall 2b D79)

Cablecraft is coming to Paris with a new seat-adjustment cable. The high strength, flexible conduit features button action to engage seat back tilting, low friction movement, and lightweight materials, and is FAR compliant. (Hall 2b C51)

Look for the easy-to-install ARINC and EN optical cables at the DRAKA FILECA booth. These new designs can accommodate several types of fibers to use a single termination process. (Hall 2b D92)

For more information about the 52nd annual International Paris Air Show, visit the website or view the full exhibitor list.


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