The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to participate in the International Air and Space Fair, or Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio (FIDAE) in Santiago, Chile. This is the 30th anniversary of the air show.

FIDAE is the largest, most significant air show in Latin America. It is held every two years, and brings together aerospace and defense companies, airlines, and other key players from the global aviation and defense communities. At FIDAE 2008, there were approximately 430 exhibiting companies from 43 countries, and over 40,000 visitors. The President of the Republic of Chile, Mrs. Michelle Bachelet, participated in FIDAE, and witnesses a flight of the Airbus 380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world.

While it historically focused on military aviation, there is now a strong concentration on civil aviation. At FIDAE 2008, there were four concurrent conferences, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Wings of Change Conference. FAA Administrator Babbitt has been invited to speak at the sixth Wings of Change Conference during FIDAE 2010. Participants at FIDAE and the IATA conference include ministers governing civil aviation, Director Generals of Civil Aviation, Military Commanders, and Chief Executives of airlines and other key aviation industry players.

Both FIDAE 2010 and the IATA Wings of Change Conference offer a unique platform for government-industry dialogue to address challenges, harness opportunities in the aviation sector, and discuss the necessary strategic policies.

March 23-28, 2010

Santiago, Chile, FIDAE Exhibition Center, Arturo Merino Benitez Airport

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