Much like Airventure, the Paris Air Show is a big event. With over 140 aircraft on display and over 2,000 exhibitors, you have to plan your visit. And guess what? There’s an app for that. Aviation Week has put together a go-to guide for visitors at the Paris Air Show.
Aviation Week’s Paris Air Show app doesn’t go overboard with its user interface. It stays consistent with user expectations by using Apple’s standard tab bars (those black buttons at the bottom of so many apps) to allow users to page through each feature.
My favorite feature of the app is it’s interactive Paris Air Show site map. It presents a pinch-zoom and scrollable map of the air show grounds. Users can tap seating areas and exhibition halls to reveal a list of exhibitors in that area, making it easy to move through the air show grounds efficiently.
The aircraft and exhibitor tabs reveal a searchable list of every airplane and exhibitor display on the site along with additional information about each display. Airplane information is limited to basic stats like maximum weight or max speed and is more of a gee-whiz fact than anything else. The exhibitor information is a bit more useful, providing the location of most displays. It would be nice if there was some additional information about each exhibit. Sure, we all know who Boeing is, but who is Normatec or Farella?
For out of towners, Aviation Week’s app really shines with its city guide. Finding your way around a foreign city can be a daunting task, but the city guide takes some of the guesswork out of the Parisian dining experience by providing a list of nearby restaurants. Each restaurant’s page is very informative providing everything from cuisines to restaurant hours and prices.
As an added bonus, or perhaps serving as a subliminal advertisement, the news tab provides an in-app link to the Aviation Week news feed which will undoubtedly light up with Paris Air Show coverage in the coming days.
This app is free to download from the App Store and works just fine online and offline. If you’re going to the Paris Air Show, then it’s a no-brainer: download this app and enjoy the show!