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RUBAE Show Presses On in Pandemic Times

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The 15th edition of the Russian Business Aviation Exhibition (RUBAE) opened at Moscow Vnukovo Airport on September 8, albeit with a smaller footprint than previous shows thanks to the pandemic. The three-day event was held at the Vnukovo-3 FBO after skipping last year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

RUBAE 2021 saw the number of exhibiting companies with stands dropping below 40 and the number of aircraft to a dozen, showing a considerable reduction to pre-pandemic times. Still, organizer Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA) decided to run the show to commemorate the Vnukovo Airport’s 80th anniversary.

Participation of the Western manufacturers was a shadow of previous RUBAE shows, with only two foreign-registered aircraft on display—a Dassault Falcon 8X and Pilatus PC-24. The latter was on display inside the only exhibition hall along with two turboprops—a Piaggio P.180 Avanti II (operated by Russia’s State Air Traffic…

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