Schedule: 19-25 July 2010
Location: Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, UK
The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is one of the world’s most iconic global aviation events. Every two years in the month of July, the airshow takes place at the Farnborough airfield near London, for one week. The first five days of the show are traditionally trade days only, followed by a weekend where the exhibition is opened up to the public.
Months before the show all exhibition space has sold out. The exhibition will host 22 International Pavilions, among them new group exhibits from Morocco, Brazil and Portugal. Delegations from 38 countries are expected at the show, with thousands more business executives from domestic and the international aerospace and defense community, to be hosted at 166 hospitality chalets.
New faces on the Static Display
Among the new aircraft on display for the first time this year are the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A400M, AW159 medium utility helicopter from AgustaWestland, Boeing 737 Airborne early Warning aircraft (one of the aircraft delivered for Turkey), CATIC J-17 fighters from Pakistan, making their An European debut and the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 light attack aircraft, along with the Air Tractor A802 which was unveiled last year at the Paris Air Show.
The show’s attractions include a daily flight display which culminates to almost five hours on public days. For the first time, FAI will include 30 minutes of flight demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles, as a regular part of the display program. The organizers have secured an agreement, in principle, from the CAA and Airport authorities to allow Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to approve this initiative. The inclusion of unmanned vehicles in the flight display addresses a growing interest from exhibitors and customers, to demonstrate UAS’s at airshows. The display at the FIA 2010 comes after the successful debut displays at the Bahrain International Airshow in January 2010.
The daily flight display at the airshow will take place every day from July 19 through 25. On the opening day and the two public days on the weekend of 24-25 July, the flight display will be extended from 12:30 through 17:30, to include many vintage aircraft commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The opening day and on Friday the 23rd, the display also include part of the Battle of Britain commemorative display.
Airplanes on the Flight Display
Among the aircraft flying at the show are the Airbus A-380, Alenia Aermacchi M346, Alenia Aeronautica C27J, Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing F/A-18E/F, Diamond DA42 fitted for reconnaissance missions by EADS, Lockheed Martin F16C and C130J, RAF Chinnook helicopter, T1 Hawk and the Sentinel R1 special mission aircraft. Sukhoi is displaying the Superjet 100, USAF F-22A and B-52H, and the new Twin Otter 400 from Viking Air.
Experimental UAVs Fly at Farnborough 2010
The UAV display will focus on experimental platforms and technology demonstrators, Due to safety considerations, the flight displays will include small and ‘micro’ UAVs. Among these is the Vigilant mini-UAV from UTSL, SR30 robotic helicopter from Advanced UAS Technology and Robomotion, the Blue Bear ‘Blackstart’ research vehicle, the Aeryon Scout quad-copter from the Canadian company Aeryon Labs, the Fanwing STOL aircraft, the Boomerang from YellowPlane sUAS, and the Israeli MicroB micro-UAV from Blue Bird.
Historical display commemorating the Battle of Britain 70th anniversary
The display this year has a strong historical theme. To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain two ME109s and two Spitfires will once again be dogfighting over Hampshire skies. They will be joined by a genuine WW2 veteran – a Mark 1 Hawker Hurricane R441. Other vintage planes expected on the flight displays are a Replica of the WW1 vintage Bristol Fighter, HA-1112 Buchón, Auster, Beaver, Chipmunk, Skeeter, Sioux, Alouette, Scout, Islander, Sea Hawk and Sea Fire and the Avro Vulcan. Aerobatic and aerial stunt shows will includ the Extra 330 SC, Black Cats helicopter display team, the Blades and RAF Red Arrows.
Defense Update will continue to cover Farnborough news to be published in this preview toward the airshow, cover the event with on-site news highlights and provide a post show report featuring the trends, announcements and major exhibitors on site.