The fifth edition of the “Portugal Air Summit” kicks off on Wednesday at Ponte de Sor Municipal Aerodrome (Portalegre), with the “largest aeronautical summit in the Iberian Peninsula” as the main theme “Flying for a New Start”.
The initiative, promoted by the municipality and the company TheRace, will run until Sunday, after having adopted a hybrid format in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The year edition promises to reunite from this approx. 200 speakers from various relevant industry entities, infrastructure and services, to debate and analyze in about 50 plans the aviation sector – manned and unmanned -, aeronautics, space and defense.
The event, which this year will already have the presence of the public, will keep the hybrid format, being broadcast as a continuous television broadcast via streaming, with two studios installed on the aerodrome.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the world economy, with the aeronautics and aviation sector being one of those that suffered the most, which leads the organization to promote a series of debates and conferences in which this theme will be present.
“TAP – challenges for a flying future”, “The role of Regulation in a post-covid world”, “Airports: Challenges for a sector in recovery”, “The importance of the aerospace sector and associated technologies” are some of the themes that will discussed during the summit.
This year’s edition of the “Portugal Air Summit” will also feature again in the aerodrome space with areas dedicated to various themes and a space for functions.
The first three days of the summit will be focused on relationships and “networking”, followed by two more fun days (Saturday and Sunday), with presentation of “airshows”, a passage of two F16s, among other activities.
During the “Portugal Air Summit”, the Portuguese Space Agency will also promote a rocket launch competition – “EuRoc- European Rocletry Challenge”.
The second edition of the “EuRoc – European Rocketry Challenge” will bring together 19 teams and around 400 students from 13 countries across Europe.
This competition aims to “stimulate” project engineering students, build and launch their own “rockets” from the Campo Militar de Santa Margarida, in the district of Santarém.