Eyes on the sky for Farnborough Air Show


Following Boeing’s prediction that the size of the civil aviation aircraft fleet will double within the next 20 years, all eyes are likely to be on the sky next week as the weeklong Farnborough International Airshow gets going.

Exhibition halls are 100 per cent sold, and there has been an unprecedented interest from international businesses, which now account for 55 per cent of the 1,400 exhibitors. There will be country pavilions from the likes of Italy, France, Russia, USA and Mexico all filled with prospective business partners. 

Furthermore, a number of new aircraft have recently been confirmed as the event heads closer to launch date. Boeing and Airbus announced that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be flying at the show from Monday to Wednesday and that the Airbus A380 will be flying every day.

Other firsts for the show this year include a civil delegations programme, the launch of the Aviation Security and Innovation Zone and the European debut of the Virgin Galactic who will be showcasing a full size replica of SpaceShip Two.

In addition, there will be other initiatives such as the ADS conference programme, Space Zone and Unmanned Systems Showcase.

Also taking place throughout next week is the Euroscience Open Forum in Dublin where some of the most influential members from the worlds of science, society and policy will gather to debate matters influencing foreign policy and attempt to strengthen the links between science and society.

Starting on Monday is the New generation of Nuclear Power Stations conference at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in Swindon, where Dr John Lillington, chief technologist of Serco Technical & Consulting Services, will be talking about the future of nuclear power.

While nuclear power is looking like an increasingly attractive option to ensure the UK has uninterrupted domestic electricity supply, there remain a number of barriers. These include the nuclear waste issue, unfavourable economics, industrial bottlenecks and a skills gap.

BHS – Eleventh National Symposium: Hydrology for a Changing World is a two-day event at Dundee University starting on Monday. The event being run by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will bring together hydrologists from across the UK to discuss relevant issues and challenges facing hydrology and related disciplines.

From Wednesday to Friday, Silverstone will be hosting the world’s largest student motorsport event with over 130 student racing teams form 34 countries. The students will be racing single-seat cars built from scratch as part of the Formula Student 2012 challenge, set by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to universities across the world.

On Thursday there is an Engineer’s Question Time, run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology in Cardiff Bay. Chaired by Rhys Phillips, it will give the audience a chance to probe, question and challenge industry leaders from a cross-section of the science and technology community.