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

Farnborough Airshow 2018 Futures Day

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.  

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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

The Farnborough Airshow 2018: Here’s What The Visitors Should Know

Farnborough Airshow 2018 Visitors Guide

With the Farnborough International Airshow just around the corner, we thought it’s time we come up with a go-to guide for the visitors. Don’t know the Farnborough Air Show Timetable yet? Have no clue where you could stay during the show? Worry not. You’ll find the answers to all (well, most) of your questions here.

The Farnborough Airshow: A Handy Guide For The Visitors


Trade Days

Trade visitors can avail print-at-home Trade Passes. These are priced at £32.00 plus £6.40 VAT, and are recommended for those looking for a rather quick entry to the show. You could also purchase the passes at the gate, but, this could delay your entry.

  • ADS members can purchase Advance Trade Passes at a 25% discount.  
  • Trade Passes cannot be transferred, and are valid for the registered visitors only.
  • These passes are valid only for the trade days, i.e. from 16 to 20 July 2018. If you want to visit the Farnborough International Airshow on the Public Days, you’d have to purchase Public Day tickets separately.


Public Days

Visit the Farnborough Airshow’s official website to book your tickets for Public Days.

Getting There 

With Farnborough being conveniently located just outside of London, it won’t take much of your time or effort to reach. Here’s how you could travel by different modes of transportation.

By Car:

  • The Farnborough International Airshow is located on the A325, which is accessible from M3 and A31.
  • Follow the routes posted in the vicinity of Farnborough and reach the general car park. Parking is free.
  • Free shuttle buses are available to and from the Airshow from all the off-site car parks.
  • Keep the timings in mind. Shuttle buses to and from the car parks run from 06:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs.
  • Have you purchased reserved parking? If yes, please follow the AA road signs to the car park specified on your parking label. You may also refer to the online, on-site driving guide.
  • GU14 6AZ is the postcode that you need to use for SatNav directions. Go to the Queen’s Roundabout and then follow signs to the general car park.
  • If you are driving all the way from London, allow yourself at least two hours of journey time.


By Rail:

The Farnborough International Airshow is in close proximity to four stations- Farnborough Main, Farnborough North, North Camp and Aldershot. Free shuttle buses run to and from Farnborough Main, North Camp and Aldershot stations, between 07:00 hrs and 19:00 hrs.

  • Farnborough Main: served by South West Trains
  • Farnborough North: served by First Great Western
  • North Camp: served by First Great Western
  • Aldershot: served by South West Trains


Pro-Tip: You could also travel to the Farnborough International Airshow from Gatwick Airport by rail. Take the First Great Western service to North Camp Station, and you’d be at the show venue in approximately 50 minutes.

By Coach:

If you’d like to travel by coach, take advantage of the low-level bus service, which is accessible from specific coach parks, and available at regular intervals all through the day, during the run of the show. You could also purchase your tickets online.

By Bike:

Check outside the visitor entrance at Gate B. That’s exactly where the bike racks will be located.

By Air:

Thinking of flying to the UK for the Farnborough International Airshow? Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are within 1hr 30 minutes driving distance of the show venue. However, if you plan to fly by helicopter, do refer to the Helicopters Operators Guide beforehand.

FIA 2018 Schedule

Farnborough Airshow 2018 Schedule

FIA 2018 Floor Plans

Not sure where you could find the exhibitors you are looking for? Check out the floor plans here to know their exact on-site locations.


Car Parking

You could access the disabled car park within the show park, via Gate F. This will give you direct access to the show.

Show Mobility

Show Mobility services are also offered at the show.

  • Pre-book electric scooters and manual wheelchairs
  • Do keep in mind that these are limited in number. So, the sooner you book, the better it is.



Disabled toilets and change facilities are also there. To help you locate them with ease, they’ll be clearly marked on all the show plans.

  • Medical or special assistance can also be arranged through Show Mobility services.


Exhibition Halls

The exhibition halls are accessible with a wheelchair without any difficulty.

  • Stair lifts have also been installed throughout
  • You could also contact the organizing team for assistance
  • Two storey Hall 1 has lifts that you could use to access the facilities on the first floor


To ensure that you have a rather streamlined experience, and that there are no hassles whatsoever, a number of facilities are on offer at the show:

  • Banking Facilities: During the show week, you’d have access to banking and foreign exchange facilities, right at the show venue. Automatic cash dispensers will also be there.
  • Car Parking: Both onsite and offsite car parking options are available at the show
  • Connectivity: Apart from the Wifi available all over the place, you could also use any of the mobile phone charging stations, to stay connected to the outside world.
  • Courtesy Car Service: A chauffeur driven car service is also available for you at the show. This service is complimentary.
  • Food & Drink: With several onsite catering facilities, options galore.
  • FIA 2020 Sales Suite: Already thinking of participating in FIA 2020? Discuss it with the team at the FIA 2020 Sales Suite.
  • Media Centre: Situated in Hall 1, this is where you’ll find our friends from the media.
  • Shuttle Bus Service: Buses will run all through the day from various on and offsite locations. These again will be complimentary.

Food and Drinks

Expect a fantastic selection of F&B options available all over the place.

  • Do check out the Skyview Restaurant, especially if you are looking for a more formal setting. The restaurant is accessible to exhibitors, visitors and their guests. It is advisable to pre-book for a better experience. You could make bookings for the trade days (Tuesday-Friday) and invite your guests over to brasserie-style lunches.
  • Each hall will also have an indoor cafe. Here, you could savor hot and cold food & drinks.
  • Other options include an outdoor food court.


Quite a few accommodation options are available in the near. Check them out here. Many of the preferred hotels are already fully booked. So, you may want to do this ASAP. Acting swiftly could also help you take advantage of the Special Event Rates.


While we have tried to cover most of the information that you may be looking for, do refer to the show’s FAQ section for answers to the questions that might still be unresolved.

Trade Days

Public Days

You may also choose to contact us via the comment section, and we’ll get back to you with more information at the earliest. Alternatively, you could direct your queries to

You might be coming to the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, but who’s to say, you won’t be exhibiting at the next edition or another leading defence & aerospace trade show. If so, do get in touch with us. XS Worldwide will be at FIA 2018. Drop by for a quick discussion, and we’ll take it from there.

With more than two decades of experience by our side and the kind of global exposure that not many other trade show companies can boast of, we can meet your individual requirements with ease, no matter which part of the world you choose to exhibit in.

Eurosatory Day 3 & 4: A Quick Refresher

Eurosatory Tradeshow

European Players Team Up

Day 4 reaffirmed Eurosatory’s status of being the perfect ground for business partnerships, with Italy’s Leonardo announcing the inking of a new commercial partnership with Konstrukta Defence, another European player, but from Slovakia. The agreement is said to be along the lines of the objectives of the European PeSCo (Permanent Structured Cooperation) initiative on developing common defence capabilities, and will see the integration of Leonardo’s precision-guided Vulcano ammunition and Konstrukta’s Zuzana 2 155mm/52 calibre artillery system. And not just that, under the terms of the agreement, the companies will jointly market the products globally, while exploring the possibility of further collaboration towards the development of common European defence capabilities.

A Day Of Agreements

Raytheon from the US and Safran, a French multinational aircraft engine, rocket engine, aerospace-component and defense company, signed an MoU at Eurosatory to work together on the development of a new generation of combat vehicle sighting systems. The MoU will see the electro-optical technology from the US company and inertial measurement unit technology from the French major coming together for what’s being dubbed, “the family of forward-looking infrared sights”. The word is that the new systems will see both mid- and long-wave bands at long range.

The Age Of The Drones

Eurosatory has grown to become the world’s leading defence and security show for a reason. The show, which has always been a game changer for defence players all over the world, seems to have worked wonders for DroneShield, an Australia-based counter-drone technology provider. The company announced a major order for its DroneGun Tactical by the MoD of a “major Middle East country allied with Western governments”. With the drone mitigation industry being only a few years old, this one turns out to be a significant achievement for the company. The company said that the $3.2 million deal for 70 units is arguably one-of-its-kind in the industry.

A Solution For Germany’s MALE UAV Needs

Germany’s parliamentary committee has approved a deal with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The deal, worth a whopping $600 million, covers the lease of Heron TP medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAVs, and will cater to Germany’s MALE UAV needs, at least for now. If sources are anything to go by, the contract, intended to run for nine years from the latter part of next year, is more of an interim solution, until a four-nation EuroMALE project is ready for service in the mid-2020s.

Keep watching this space for highlights. We’ll bring in new updates as the show unfolds!

Eurosatory 2018: What To Expect In The Days to Come

Eurosatory 2018

A Realistic Reconnaissance Mission

For the first time at Eurosatory, Live Demonstrations will see institutional participants as well. French Army will be one of them. They will show how they respond to threats. In fact, special Forces are participating in this year’s edition with their technologies and their modified vehicles. They are all set to play a rather realistic reconnaissance mission that ends with the death or the capture of the enemy in a quick yet discreet manner.

A Truly Global Affair

This year’s show is set against the backdrop of defence news pouring in from all corners of the world. From Poland’s Armament Inspectorate confirming the cancellation of yet another tender for procuring a new fleet of light multipurpose 4×4 vehicles to the Austrian MoD showcasing new armoured vehicles including the Dingo 2 A3 (various configurations), a Pandur EVO prototype and a new all-terrain BvS10 AUT prototype, anything could be up for discussion.

The Changing Paradigm

While only three Australian firms participated in the previous edition, Eurosatory 2018 will see 45 of them. Also, though six Russian firms have booked space at the trade show, they won’t be showcasing weapons.Instead, they’ll be bringing clothes and other goods. The move is said to a reflection of the Western sanctions following the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

A Lot To Look Forward To

The new hall 5B completes the indoor exhibition area at Eurosatory, while the live demonstrations area has now become all the more accessible. In addition, an all-new start-up area called Eurosatory LAB has also been convened. Dedicated to international start-ups in the fields of defence and security, the LAB would be the perfect platform for up to 80 most groundbreaking start-up companies to display their products or services alongside the major players.

The Action Has Already Begun

Sunday, 10 June 2018, saw several manufacturers showcasing their vehicles and equipment in dynamic shows. From Daimler, Milrem, FN Herstal, and Azur Drones to Protecop, many of the manufacturers chose to give a demonstration of their best offerings, laying the foundation of a great show to follow.

Keep watching this space for highlights. We’ll bring in new updates as the show unfolds!