Make The Most Of Your Visit To FIA 2018; Explore The South Of England

FIA 2018- Explore The South Of England

The Farnborough Exhibition & Conference Centre may not be at a stone’s throw from London, but it ain’t too far either. The distance between the two is merely 35 miles, and guess what, the venue for the Farnborough International Airshow is conveniently close to some of South’s most popular attractions. There’s no reason then why you should not plan a visit to the southern counties of England, especially if you are all set to attend the FIA. Here are some attractions you could look forward to visiting:

Farnborough Air Show: Your Gateway To Southern England’s Attractions

Mercedes-Benz World

Mercedes-Benz World UK

What if you could test drive the latest Mercedes models around the handling circuit? Intriguing, eh? Makes you want to pack your bags and head to the Mercedes-Benz World straightaway, right? Hold your horses. Once there, you could very well put both the car and your driving skills to test with one of the driving experiences on offer. Need we say more?

  • Distance from Farnborough: 21 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 30 minutes


Birdworld England

Did you know that Birdworld is one of England’s largest bird parks? Now you do. Interestingly enough, it covers a whopping 26 acres. Located south-west of the town of Farnham, Surrey, Birdworld could be your perfect picnic spot. Are your kids tagging along for the trade show? You ought to bring them here. After all, the bird park also includes an Underwater World and Jenny Wren children’s farm. What else could you ask for?

  • Distance from Farnborough: 9 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 20 minutes

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle England

The official residence of the Queen, the Windsor Castle remains a working place even today. Well, it’s kind of a big deal, once you get to know that it’s been a royal home and fortress for over 900 years. And that’s not all. It is indeed the largest occupied castle in the world. Who would have thought that a visit to an aerospace & defense trade show could lead you to someplace so royal and magnificent? That’s what you call killing two birds with one stone!

  • Distance from Farnborough: 18 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 35 minutes

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

This one’s again for your kids. With more than 55 rides and attractions, this is one of those places that they would surely love. Imagine seeing them fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, and ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking. A sight for sore eyes, isn’t it?

  • Distance from Farnborough: 16 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 30 minutes

Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham Stadium England

Are you a diehard rugby fan? Even if you aren’t, you shouldn’t miss out on the chance to visit the Twickenham Stadium. It’s not every day that you are at an exhibition venue that’s just 25 miles from the home of England Rugby. Having a seating capacity of 82,000 and being the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world, this one should be on your go-to list, like already.

  • Distance from Farnborough: 25 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 35 minutes

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot England

The rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse is difficult to match, if not impossible. Only a few sporting venues come close. Not to mention, over the past 300 years, the Royal Ascot has taken the centerstage, and grown to become an integral part of the British social calendar. Isn’t that reason enough for you to be here? You bet!

  • Distance from Farnborough: 12 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 25 minutes


A visit to the Farnborough Exhibition & Conference Centre could turn into a family picnic in no time, if not before, at least once the show is over, provided, you do have some extra time on hands. Plan ahead!

Day 2 At FIA 2018: Of Sharks And Critters!

day 2 fia 2018 highlights

The Farnborough International Airshow is in full swing. Day 2, like the first one, was full of surprises. Guess there are many more to come, as the trade show unfolds.


Sharks – The Fish That Rule The Roost

Day 2 saw the big shots in action. Boeing and Airbus had their plates full. Orders poured in from all corners.

Critters – The Not-So-Big Fish In The Sea

While Boeing and Airbus made it big, smaller jet makers weren’t far behind either. Nor were the regional propeller plane manufacturers. Embraer, especially, had a fruitful day. The company announced a host of orders.

Farnborough Airshow Day 2: Small Jet Maker Shows Teeth

The aerospace industry tends to be a relatively closed one, making it relatively difficult to analyze and understand. That comes on top of the complexity of the industry. For investors without in-depth knowledge, this makes the industry somewhat difficult to invest in, but there certainly are moments where the jet makers such as Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Airbus ( OTCPK:EADSF) become somewhat more transparent.

It’s Raining Orders And How

The second day at the Farnborough Airshow was even better for business. Deals worth $51.4bn were on the table. Over 530 planes made it to the order books. Guess what, the total value of planes ordered so far has already hit a whopping $95.5bn.

Farnborough Airshow on Twitter

Day two of #FIA18 has seen $51.4bn in deals. More than 530 aircraft have been ordered, bringing the total value of aircraft ordered at the Airshow so far to $95.5bn.

Also Read: Day 1 At FIA 2018: From Billion-Dollar Deals To Product Unveilings

The Dragon And Its Unveiling

Mitsubishi MRJ90, nicknamed the Dragon, made its Farnborough Airshow debut. The regional jet is performing an air-show routine that showcases its design. Did you know that this jet has a sword-inspired design? The jet’s name is a homage to a professional baseball team. The team,  Nagoya Chunichi Dragons, is from Mitsubishi’s hometown. The jet at the show is MRJ production no. 10003, also known as FTA3.

Mitsubishi MRJ90 Makes Its Farnborough Airshow Debut

Mitsubishi Aircraft MRJ90 in the livery of ANA/All Nippon Airways graces the skies of Farnborough 2018. Making its Farnborough debut, Mitsubishi Aircraft’s MRJ90 regional jet is performing a striking air-show routine designed to showcase the all-new aircraft’s sword-inspired design and quiet engine noise. But with the “scope clause” in pilot contracts looming over the all-important U.S.

A Flying Taxi On The Cards?

Rolls-Royce, the British Engine Maker, shared plans of developing an hybrid electric vehicle. They are calling it the “Flying Taxi.” The company hopes to come up with a prototype version within the next 18 months. It was also said that the company could take the taxi to the skies in the early 2020s.

Rolls-Royce unveils hybrid ‘flying taxi’ at Farnborough

Farnborough (UK): British engine maker Rolls-Royce revealed plans this week to develop a hybrid electric vehicle, dubbed the “flying taxi”, which takes off and lands vertically and could be airborne within five years. The London-listed aerospace giant, which is based in Derby in central England, showed off the plans at the Farnborough Airshow for the first time, as other players also rush into the market segment.

An Unfortunate Turn Of Events

Firefighters had to rescue a man from from the roof of a burning house. This incident happened in Farnborough. The site of the incident wasn’t far from the Farnborough Airport. That’s where the aerospace and defence airshow is currently taking place.

BREAKING: House up in flames in Farnborough

2:42pm 17th July 2018 (Updated 4:57pm 17th July 2018) He’s been taken to Frimley Park Hospital following the fire at the house on Alexandra Road this afternoon (July 17). More than 50 firefighters attended the scene, along with three ambulances and two ambulance cars.

It’s been two days into the show, and we are already hooked. How about you? Stick around for more highlights.

Day 1 At FIA 2018: From Billion-Dollar Deals To Product Unveilings

Farnborough Airshow 2018 - Day 1 Highlights

The Farnborough International Airshow is always full of surprises. FIA 2018 is no exception. At least that’s what Day 1 tells us.

Unprecedented Service In The Offing

Qatar Executive unveiled its brand new executive jet on the opening day of the trade show. The jet, named Gulfstream G500, will be one be of the fastest and advanced in the Qatar Executive fleet. It will enter the service later this year. This will mark the beginning of an iconic agreement. The initiation of the said agreement between Qatar Airways and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. began in October 2014.  Did you know that next-generation Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engines power the G500? Also, with its advanced features, the G500 will introduce the clients to a new level of service.

Curtain Raiser Of A Fighter Jet

The Farnborough International Airshow 2018 is the show of many firsts. Day 1 saw the unveiling of a concept of next-generation fighter jet. This concept is being developed as a part of the Future Combat Air Concept programme. The unveiling saw a mock-up of the new fighter jet. The jet, nicknamed the Tempest, is a joint venture. BAE Systems Plc, Rolls Royce Holdings Plc, MBDA UK Ltd and Leonardo SpA have joined hands. Government funding was also announced for the jet. The UK Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson announced a whopping $2.65bn. This funding will help oversee the design and build of the jet through 2025. The year will see a final decision about the program’s future.

Boeing and Airbus Stole The Show

The Aviation giants bagged deals worth approximately $17.4bn. Embraer, the third-largest manufacturer of the civilian plane, also had a great start. They clinched a $1.1bn deal with United Airlines. This was for 25 E175 jets in a 70-seat configuration. DHL, in an attempt to modernize its long-haul fleet, ordered 14 Boeing 777 freighters. The order’s value is $4.7bn. The express courier company also purchased rights for seven more planes.

The Day Ended On A High Note

The first day at the Farnborough Airshow saw announcements of deals worth $46.4bn. This far exceeded the figure achieved on the first day of the previous edition of the trade show. Back then, the first day orders stood at $23bn. The orders placed on the first day of FIA 2018 include the orders for 311 civil planes, worth $43.6bn. Over $2.8bn in engine orders were also announced on the first day itself.

With this year’s edition being the most globally-attended one, expectations are high. Guess what, almost 100 countries have representation at the exhibition. Also, an unprecedented number of military and civil commercial delegations are here. Let’s see what’s in store in the days to come.

FIA 2018 Could Be The First Step To A Career In Aerospace & Defence

Farnborough Airshow 2018 Futures Day

As the much-awaited Farnborough Air Show 2018 kicked off yesterday, all eyes are on the business it would generate. That said, there’s a lot more than lies in store. Yes, the trade show does provide a platform to exhibitors and visitors. But, it also encourages youngsters to take up an exciting career in aerospace & defence (A&D). Yet another reason to be at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018. The dynamic sectors of A&D have a lot to offer. Who’s to say, your young ones won’t like to find out what’s in it for them? They would if they get to experience aerospace technology up close and personal!

Futures Day – Why Your Young Ones Must Visit Farnborough Airshow 2018

The Futures Day will encourage young people, aged 11-21, to take up a career in aerospace & defence. The day will feature an interactive, informative and engaging programme. The programme is for groups from schools, universities and youth associations. It would motivate them to take up STEM subjects. Students are also encouraged to go and visit the Innovation Zone. It is here that they can experience aerospace technology of the future. They would also get to meet with academic institutions.

Did you know that in 2016, the Futures Day attracted 5,000 young people? It was a huge success. It was also the first time that Major Tim Peake made a public appearance.

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Futures Day – What You Should Know About This FIA 2018 Feature

Groups from schools, universities and youth associations will be participating in Futures Day.  But, only those registered by a teacher or group leader can be a part of it. The icing on the cake is that youngsters, aged 11-21, can also attend the airshow for free. Futures Day is all set to take place on 20 July 2018.

European Space Agency Astronaut, Tim Peake, will open the Futures Day 2018.  After the official opening, the groups will set off to take part in a trail around the airshow site. A variety of talks, hands-on experiments, group work, and competitions are also in the offing. Tim Peake will talk to the groups about working in the space sector. He will also share his personal experience. How he became an astronaut for the European Space Agency. He will also talk about his long-term mission to the International Space Station.

The groups can also meet the “Red Arrow” pilots and “Blue” Engineers. They can take a look at the next generation aerospace technology at the Innovation Zone. The afternoon will include 3.5 hours of exhilarating aerobatic flying displays. These displays will include Wingwalkers and The Blades. A dramatic low-level Red Bull Air Race also awaits the groups.

Do your young ones have an avid interest in STEM subjects? Would they want to discover the career opportunities available in aerospace & defence? If that’s a yes, do encourage them to visit. As we said, there’s more to this exhibition than meets the eye.

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A Flying Car To Debut At Farnborough Airshow, The Show Of Many Firsts

Think you know all about the Farnborough International Airshow 2018? Did you know the aerospace and defense trade show will also host the PAL-V Liberty and its aviation debut?  PAL-V Liberty is the “world’s first flying car production model”. Call it the offspring of a car and a helicopter, if you may. But, the Dutch makers of this futuristic plane would rather describe it as a “gyroplane”.

The PAL-V: Here’s Why It’s One Of The Top Attractions At FIA 2018

  • Unlike a helicopter rotor, the flying car’s blades are not powered by an engine. So that pretty much rules out the possibility of the plane being a helicopter.
  • It is the wind that powers the blades of the PAL-V.
  • As long there is airflow, these blades rotate and act like an open parachute.

The icing on the cake is that the flying car is getting close to completion. PAL-V is currently undergoing the last step of the certification process: compliance demonstration.  

Also Read: Your Guide to FIA 2018

The Flying Car: The Official Word On It

It takes a lot of testing to prove that the PAL-V Liberty complies with the regulations,” says Mike Stekelenburg, PAL-V’s Chief Engineer. He explains using a proven technology, and not one requiring new regulations.  It “enables a realistic and imminent first product delivery date.

 In the words of CEO Robert Dingemanse, “The production model is the moment of truth. The moment where the wall between fiction and facts is torn down.” He also notes “Once full certification is granted in 2020, we will hand over the keys of the PAL-V Liberty to our first customers.

The PAL-V: Here’s What Else You Should Know

  • Pioneer clients are already gaining experience at flying schools. The word is that they are preparing for the deliveries, slated to begin in 2020.
  • The Farnborough Air Show 2018 marks the first time that the PAL-V Liberty is present at an airshow and in the UK.

 The PAL-V: Here’s A Sneak Peek Into What Lies In Store

The PAL-V Journey

About The Farnborough International Airshow 2018

The biennial trade show for aerospace & defense industries is all set for a grand run from 16th to 22nd July 2018. The show is being awaited for its unmatched business & networking opportunities and attractions. Also, it is the year’s biggest opportunity to showcase new planes. No wonder then why the previous edition saw the debuts of 9 planes! 

Image source: @PAL-V