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ILA’s unique stage program features information and entertainment with a focus on innovation, new technology and sustainability

  • A packed program of events on four stages
  • Leading figures from politics, business and research in interviews
  • Zero-emissions flight, efficient air defence, New Space – a wide range of topics at ILA

Among the many aerospace exhibitions ILA is unique – not least because of its comprehensive and well-informed program of stage events. No other trade fair features so many topics, leading minds and such a wide range of content. From 5 to 9 June daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. four parallel stages will have all the latest on innovation, new technology and sustainability, with each stage providing a special focus.

On the ILA Aviation Future Lab stage one of the key topics will be how to achieve zero-emissions flight by 2050. The Future Lab is co-organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI). This is where to experience the green future of aviation, with topics including SAFs, alternative power sources such as hydrogen and batteries, optimized manufacturing using lightweight designs, and new materials and aerodynamics for minimizing CO2 emissions.

In the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) segment the focus will be on mobility in the third dimension. Transportation of urgent medical supplies, drone-assisted wind turbine maintenance and the use of drones for human rescue operations – UAF and eVTOL applications are opening up new possibilities in aviation. On the AAM STAGE experts representing companies, startups, science and research will be showing what Advanced Air Mobility has to offer.
On the ILA Defence Stage Forum Air representatives of politics, science, industry and the armed forces will discuss current military aviation topics. Taking as their slogan ‘Air power worldwide – Global Perspective / Regional Focus’, the German Bundeswehr and industry will be highlighting the necessity of an air force that defends peace, freedom and security not only at home but around the world and – considering the growing importance of outer space – even beyond. The ILA Defence Stage Forum Air features three separate topics on each day of the show: Central Europe, the Indo-Pacific and Global Perspective. The wide range of topics will cover air defence, drones, electronic warfare, logistics, exercises in the Indo-Pacific, future technologies, AI, space and sustainability.
The focus will also be on international cooperation, for example on the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), the European industry’s flagship defence policy project. In addition to developing a next-generation combat aircraft, the FCAS project also includes UAFs and an Air Combat Cloud. At the same time the stage program will look beyond European horizons, with high-ranking military members from the Asian-Pacific region expected to attend. Inspector of the Air Force Ingo Gerhartz, Deputy Inspector of the Air Force Lutz Kohlhaus, Deputy Inspector of Cyber and Information Space of the German Army Jürgen Setzer, BDLI President and CEO Airbus Defence and Space Dr. Michael Schöllhorn, and Deputy Director General of the European Defence Agency Andre Denk have also announced their attendance at the event.

One of the highlights at ILA is the Space Pavilion, which jointly features the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German aerospace companies in the BDLI, and where the focus will be on how space missions benefit humanity. Data from space ensures comprehensive observation of climate activity and the weather conditions on our planet. Satellites enable the rapid exchange of large data volumes, supporting the digital transformation in the industry. Space missions also contribute decisively to crisis prevention and disaster management. The growing importance of New Space, the emergent commercialization of space flight, will also be a topic of the stage events. Not least, real-life astronauts will be on hand and talking to the public about their fascinating work. Among the speakers will be ESA Director General Dr. Josef Aschbacher, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy Dr. Anna Christmann, ESA Director of Earth Observation Simonetta Cheli, and DLR CEO Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla.

On the weekend of ILA the stage program will focus on the general public. Be it the Science Slam on the Future Lab stage, the DLR space quiz or a workshop with the spaceship simulator – at ILA 2024 visitors can get a first-hand experience of the fascination of aerospace.

ILA Berlin is open to trade visitors from 5 to 7 June and to the general public on the weekend of 8 and 9 June from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available online only at: