If you're into aviation, there's no better place to go this week than the Farnborough Airshow--that is, of course, unless Britain is a little out of your flight plan. From July 11-17, all the best in aviation will be unveiled 40 miles southwest of London.
The Farborough Airshow takes place at the Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, England, every two years. It alternates with the Paris Airshow held at the Le Bourget Airport in North Paris, France.
This airshow is one of the most important events for the international aerospace and defense industries, and provides a platform to showcase civilian and military aircraft to potential customers and investors. At Farnborough, visitors will have the opportunity to watch air displays and new model presentations; learn about aircraft manufacturing equipment, electronic systems, MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul), and e-enabled aircraft; and place/learn information on big orders.
The first five days of the airshow (July 11-15) are dedicated exclusively to trade. The Tradeshow allows for industry networking, generating new business sales, company promotion, and product demonstrations--just to name a few perks. The show features more than 1,500 exhibitors from 39 countries, showing strong increase in international exhibitors.
On the weekend (July 16 and 17), the show is open to the public.
In a June 23 press release, Farnborough International Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer said:
Our latest stats highlight that 2016 Farnborough International Airshow will be another fantastic show. I am looking forward to welcoming our new participants and delegations both international and those from closer to home. The new look chalets and new country pavilions go further to prove that FIA16 is the meeting place for the aerospace industry both for the defence and commercial sectors.
Visitors can see 99 different types of aircraft, ranging from a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightening II (the most expensive military program ever), to airworthy WWI-era vintage aircraft. For a complete list of participating aircraft at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow, click here.
Airbus and Boeing will both have a large presence at the show this year--Airbus displaying at least two airliners, a mock-up of the Airspace by Airbus cabin concept, and virtual reality experience demonstrations. Boeing will celebrate its centennial anniversary on July 15 at the show, and the Boeing Centennial Experience pavilion will allow visitors to experience the company's 100-year history and its technological achievements.
This year also provides the platform for the First Edition of UK Drone Show. This will be the first time drones get their own dedicated space at the Farnborough Airshow, a true testament to the popularity and importance of drones in aviation.