Farnborough Airshow to be 'stunning and patriotic'By Tim Harris
May 16, 2012
THE Farnborough Airshow 2012 has been officially launched and this year’s line-up announced.
Visitors will witness a five-hour flying demonstration and a static aircraft display.
Amanda Stainer, exhibitions and events director for Farnborough International Ltd (FIL), organisers of the airshow, said: “This year’s Farnborough International Airshow will be the best ever.
“The weekend public days will be absolutely packed with entertainment and interest. As well as varied and fascinating static aircraft, there will be stunning air displays each afternoon.
“The amazing Red Arrows, Breitling Jet team, The Blades, vintage flying machines, jets, aerobatic formations and wing-walkers will take to the skies to thrill the crowds.
“To mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession there will also be a patriotic flying display.”
The majority of the trade halls will be closed during the public weekend.
FIL has said this move will enable show organisers to channel more energy and resources into the public entertainment facilities.
FIL said the trade show exhibitors’ customers were mainly big businesses and not the general public, and it was very expensive to man the stands for two extra days, while also paying for staff accommodation.
Members of the public visiting the show, on July 14 and 15, will see what is being billed as "the future of space travel", at an exhibition by Virgin Galactic.
Another feature of the 2012 event will be an Olympics exhibition called ‘In The Zone’, where visitors can discover how their bodies work during sport, activity, movement and rest.
Other attractions include Team Extreme, a skateboard, BMX and inline skate display team, Funkstylerz, the specialist dance group, and the Hornby Airfix Roadshow.
The airshow’s Innovation Zone will host multiple exhibits and demonstrations, and showcase potential future aviation technology.
The zone is also the stage for the unveiling of Yateley School’s winning aircraft in the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge, run by Boeing and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
On Friday, July 13, the day before the public show, 10,000 young people aged 11 to 21 have been invited to a careers fair, which will include conferences and seminars.
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Farnborough Airshow, and children under 16 are free when accompanied by a ticket-buying adult.
To buy tickets visit the website at www.farnborough.com.