Life begins at 60 looks to be the motto for the Farnborough International airshow as it prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of the first staging of the event, held this year from July 14 to 20. The 2008 show also marks the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in Britain, with the historic Farnborough site the UK’s answer to Kitty Hawk thanks to the daring of American aviator Samuel Cody.
For those who just don’t want the airshow ever to end, there is the official Farnborough 2008 DVD, which is being filmed here all week by LifeTV Media. With multiple camera angles (including in-cockpit cameras), the DVD offers comprehensive coverage of the daily flying displays as well as special features on topics such as the Centenary of British Flight and interviews with pilots.
Underscoring the universal appeal of the Farnborough International 2008 airshow, the organizers have again dedicated space for specialty sectors or disciplines, with areas reserved for business aircraft manufacturers and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It also is featuring International Youth Day on Friday, as the show week ends (see box).
More than 50 years ago, the English Channel coastline near Selsey Bill was the location of two record-setting flights, and now this south coast of England area, more than 40 miles from Farnborough International’s flying display, is the designated destination for pilots faced with what the organizers term a “pre-meditated ejection.”
Following its acquisition this summer of cabin entertainment provider Airshow, Rockwell Collins has integrated the Tustin, Calif. company’s line into its own cabin products package and is introducing the results here at NBAA as Collins Airshow 21 (Booth No. 3201).
Airshow signed a four-year agreement with Gulfstream to provide cabin management and source equipment for the super-midsize Gulfstream 200 (née Galaxy) business jet.
At its inaugural staging in April, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) did more than enough to seize a space for itself in the world’s crowded airshow calendar.
Middle East-based carrier Qatar Airways plans to show its new executive shuttle-configured Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliner at the Dubai 2001 airshow in the United Arab Emirates next month. The airplane is expected to take part in the flying show on opening day, November 4, and remain on the static display line for the remainder of the four-day event.
A unique formation wowed the crowd at the recent Joint Services Open House at Andrews AFB in Maryland. A Second World War P-51 Mustang led a 1960s-vintage F-4 Phantom, 1990s-built F-15E Strike Eagle and a brand-new F-22A Raptor Stealth Fighter. The event also featured an F-22 solo display that has been enhanced from last year with new post-stall and thrust-vectoring maneuvers. The F-22 is flying at airshows in the U.S.
LET’S DO THE NUMBERS . . .
You know an aviation convention or airshow has arrived when exhibitors and others start planning months in advance to consummate and announce deals at the event. By this measure, EBACE has not only arrived, it’s here to stay.