Airexpo, a high-flying event

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The air show organized by ISAE-SUPAERO and ENAC students celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 21st.

Nearly 16000 people attended the air show which took place at the l’aérodrome de Muret-Lherm, south of Toulouse.

Aerobatics teams, historic aircraft, military legends, the parachutist team of the French Airforce, the Airbus A 350, Patrouille de France: the range of flight demonstrations was spectacular at this year’s exceptional event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Airexpo.

The largest air show in Southwest France, Airexpo is the only air show in the world that is 100% student-organized.

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A team of nearly 50 students from the two Toulouse aeronautics schools, ISAE-SUPAERO and ENAC, worked for months to organize this amazing event. Students ran everything from the aircraft showcase, to contacts with pilots, logistics, event communication, and finding partners, among other things.

Inspired by shared passion and commitment, they mobilized some one hundred volunteers the day of the event.

Guillaume, a 21 year old, 1st year ISAE-SUPAERO engineering student and aeronautics enthusiast, threw himself completely into organizing the meeting as a member of the Student Union. In addition to participating in the project’s strategic and operational leadership, Guillaume is very proud of helping to organize sponsorship of this 30th airshow by François Le Vot, aerobatics world champion.

Guillaume was especially moved by two moments. “After months of work, when the first planes arrived Friday on the Muret air field, the project was finally a reality.” “And when the first visitors arrived Saturday morning, I suddenly realized the huge responsibility that we had taken on.”

For Guillaume, having this experience as a student was a unique opportunity: “It was eye-opening in terms of what it takes to organize a major event. In terms of administrative issues, logistics preparation, team management, and decision making in critical situations-investing in this project brought me a lot on a personal level and will be very useful in my professional career.”

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