Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UAV SHOW postpones its traditional trade show in October 2021 but creates highlights throughout the year to be as close as possible to drone news. Originally scheduled for September 15, 16 and 17, 2020 in Bordeaux, the UAV show will not celebrate its 10 years this year. In agreement with its private and institutional partners and numerous exhibitors affected by the crisis, Bordeaux Technowest and its partner Congrès et Expositions de Bordeaux needed to postpone this edition in favor of an event where the exchange and the creation of opportunities will remain in the image of past events. However, it was unthinkable for the organizers to remain absent from the landscape of the French and international drone community one additional year without being able to make the actors of the sector interact with each other or enrich and create substantive debates. This is why, the UAV Show will be divided into 3 highlights throughout of the year : // On September 16, 2020, UAV Day, see the last innovations at the CESA Drones test center, near Bordeaux and on-line. // In the spring of 2021, Air Mobility will be honored at the show Electric Road. // On October 19, 20 and 21, 2021, the UAV Show will celebrate its 10 years and will take place at the Palais 2 l’Atlantique of the Bordeaux Exhibition Center to strengthen its show status leader in Europe.



5th edition Europe’s largest professional drone airshow and exhibition

UAV SHOW 2020, 6th edition!
With optimal accessibility, Bordeaux is an attractive European metropolis, ideal for business meetings. UAV SHOW will take place in Palais 2 l?Atlantique, the New Hall of the Parc des Expositions, which will be inaugurated in the spring of 2019. This very contemporary and connected space reflects the innovative character of the event.

October 10/11, 2018: Europe’s largest professional drone airshow

October 12, 2018: tests and demonstrations (high elongation), flight test area Sainte-Hélène (LF3327) 

Major groups, contractors and SME/SMI

Presentation of the sector’s global offer and latest innovations

Wide customer target: contractors, public bodies, police force, security, fire brigade, network managers, etc.

Key figures

 UAV SHOW is the only event to offer:

  • Displays in a brand-new test zone: various test scenarios available at Sainte-Hélène (in Gironde) (linear inspection, pipes, photovoltaic panels, topography, etc.)
  • Qualified and personalised business appointments
  • High level conferences, round tables and workshops 


According to a survey by MarketsandMarkets in 2015, the market should reach a value of USD 5.59 billion by 2020 with a growth rate of 32% for the end of the decade. Forecasts made in the early 2010s have not been fulfilled, however. Stalled by certain obstacles (technologies, regulatory issues, acceptability, etc.) the UAV sector has plateaued, although things have picked up over the last year or so. In France, companies with an end-to-end presence in the professional UAV value chain are emerging. They are specialised by field and are focused on the export market. Data and data processing are becoming core features in the economy of the UAV sector.

With artificial intelligence and Big Data, UAV systems are seeing certain problems disappear, while potential new ones are emerging, such as automation and integration into airspace, etc. French and European regulatory frameworks are evolving with the aim of encouraging the growth of the sector while upholding requirements in terms of safety and certification. 


Source: PIPAME (Inter-Departmental Centre for Forward Studies and Future Economic Changes) – DGE (Directorate General for Business), Ministry for the Economy – DGAC (French Directorate General for Civil Aviation) – Export Growth Perspectives for the Civil UAV Sector, Summer 2017.