As the weekend draws near, organisers of the Farnborough International Airshow are now busy getting the event ready for the public show this weekend.
Crowds of up to 130,000 are expected over the next two days as they descend on Farnborough to get a glimpse of the static and air displays.There will be over 50 aircraft on display across the weekend and together with a range of exhilarating rides, interactive exhibits, prototype cars, flight simulators, extreme sports demonstrations and restaurants and cafes to suit every taste, the 48th Farnborough International Airshow promises to be an unbeatable family day out. And what’s more kids go free!
BUT do get there early. Car parks are off site with buses ferrying people to and from the event and there are sure to be huge queues at gate to get in due to the security procedures.
The afternoons is when the real action takes place with a 5 hour flying spectacular. This year sees two jet display teams – the Red Arrows and the Breitling Jet team (hopefully they have made it after being stranded at a Cotswold airport earlier this week). Other aerobatic treats to look forward to are The Blades, solo pilot Mark Jeffries and the Breitling wing walkers.
If you like your air displays loud then you will like the roar and thunder of military jets old and new, from the Avro Vulcan ( a favourite here) to the F/A18 Super Hornet and Typhoon.
If you fancy a go at flying yourself why not head over to the British Airways’ newly upgraded Boeing 787 mobile simulator. The simulator features realistic cockpit controls, visuals and even engine sounds that combine to bring this unique experience to life. Each slot includes every aspect of a real flight from take-off to landing.
You’ll be accompanied by fully trained British Airways pilots on your flight.
Senior First Officer Cliff Agius, said: “It’s great for all the volunteer British Airways pilots to be able to get out from behind the cockpit door and share our knowledge and love of flying with our customers.”
Flights start from just £25 for a 15 minute slot with all profits going to High Flight – a kids’ charity helping disadvantaged and seriously ill children fly in light aircraft.
After every virtual flight on the new Boeing 787, customers receive an overall score for their performance, a printed certificate and hopefully a round of applause from friends watching their flight on the simulator’s external plasma screen.
The show started on an extremely positive note as the Prime Minister, David Cameron, officially opened the event and on Wednesday, Virgin boss, Sir Richard Branson introduced the UK to the future of space travel with the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two.
Speaking about the show,Shaun Ormrod, Chief Executive at Farnborough International Ltd said, ‘It’s been an amazing start to the week and we’re now looking forward to the public weekend. We know people travel from all over the world to come to the Farnborough Airshow and we’re delighted to welcome them all. It may not be the best summer in terms of the weather, but with the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics, we’re proud that the Farnborough Airshow will play its part in this historic season. Come rain or shine, we promise it will be a great day out. The show will be running this weekend as scheduled and for those visitors arriving by car we have plenty of hard standing car parking areas’.
While the weather may have caused some disruption and cancellation at other large outdoor events, the Farnborough International Airshow has run smoothly for its exhibitors and visitors alike with plenty of business taking place and all aircraft displaying.