SHOW PRE­VIEW: FIA 2018

The week-long bi­en­nial event, be­ing held from 16-22 July, is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for vet­er­ans as well as new­bies in the aero­space field. Over 1,500 trade ex­hibitors, 150 air­craft and 150,000 trade and public vis­i­tors are ex­pected to visit the show thi

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THOUGH IT COMES SEC­OND when it comes to air­show rank­ings, this time Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show, the bi­en­nial air show of Bri­tain, is all about firsts as a slew of aero­space brands are set to an­nounce their lat­est ventures. Con­sid­ered as one of the big­gest events of the avi­a­tion world, with over 70000 sqm of ex­hibit space, it will wit­ness more than 1500 ex­hibitors from 52 coun­tries, out of which 71 per cent of ex­hibitors are from out­side the UK. It will have 150 air­craft at dis­play and is ex­pected to see a foot­fall of around 150,000. The 2016 edi­tion of the show had 82 of the top 100 aero­space com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ing and placed or­ders and com­mit­ments of around USD 124 Bil­lion. PRE­VIEW. Avi­a­tion gi­ant Boe­ing is ex­pected to ar­rive with a bang with the in­tro­duc­tion of the 797, their new small twin-aisle air­craft, at the air­show. The Boe­ing VP Mar­ket­ing, Randy Tin­seth has re­port­edly con­firmed that the 797 de­sign is com­plete but the man­u­fac­tur­ing plan needs more work. The avi­a­tion gi­ant is also re­port­edly lin­ing up cargo jet deals fol­low­ing their deal to sell 24 air cargo freighters to FedEx. The com­pany is also set to show­case their con­cept for a hy­per­sonic plane that could travel from Aus­tralia to Europe in just five hours.

Mean­while Sau­dia, the Saudi Ara­bian Air­lines, is ex­pected to or­der about 20 Boe­ing wide body air­craft at Farn­bor­ough Air­show, ac­cord­ing to weekly busi­ness mag­a­zine Ara­bian Busi­ness. Though the buzz is around the air­line’s in­ter­est in the su­per­jumbo A380 but the Boe­ing 777X air­craft is also a strong choice.

Euro­pean plane maker Air­bus is also ex­pected to use this op­por­tu­nity to im­prove their medi­ocre spell. The com­pany de­liv­ered only 303 planes in the first half of 2018, 76 A320­neo planes and 34 of the larger A321­neo, be­cause of is­sues from en­gine sup­pli­ers for the sin­gle-aisle A320­neo. The muchawaited C Series air­craft can also fore­see ma­jor de­vel­op­ments. Air­bus has a ma­jor­ity stake in this joint ven­ture with Bom­bardier for these jets. Air­bus CEO Tom En­ders re­port­edly said that “you will see the first re­sults in the next cou­ple of weeks as we go to Farn­bor­ough.” There’s also been talks about chang­ing the C Series model names, CS100 and CS300, in ac­cor­dance to Air­bus’ nam­ing scheme. The pro­duc­tion of the C Series for the Amer­i­can mar­kets is set to com­mence in 2019 with the de­liv­er­ies kick­ing off a year later.

In light of the re­cent Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion sanc­tions, Air­bus is likely to be look­ing to bag or­ders at Farn­bor­ough. Es­pe­cially since AirAsia has been push­ing back delivery dates on its or­der for A330­neo wide­body jets to re­place its older first-gen­er­a­tion A330s. The air­line is also in talks with Boe­ing re­gard­ing procur­ing the 787-10 jet as an al­ter­na­tive and a de­ci­sion is ex­pected later this year.

Ethiopian Air­lines is also ex­pected to nar­row down on pos­si­ble or­ders for Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner and smaller CSeries or Em­braer E2 jets at the Farn­bor­ough air show as con­firmed by the air­line’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Te­wolde Ge­bremariam to Reuters.

Bom­bardier will also show­case a CRJ900 painted in Delta Air Lines’ colours and equipped with the new At­mos­phere cabin. The jet is among the 20 CRJ900s or­dered by the air­line, mak­ing Delta Air­lines the first to re­ceive an At­mos­phere-equipped CRJ. So far, a mock-up of the new cabin has been public. The lat­est model has over­head bins on one side that are 50 per cent big­ger than pre­vi­ous first-class cabin and also has a one-by-two seat lay­out. The bins in the econ­omy class are also 40 per cent larger. The new cabin has a larger en­trance­way and in­cludes a wheelchair-ac­ces- sible lava­tory apart from translu­cent cabin di­viders, LED lights and in-seat elec­tric power.

Talk­ing about big­ger cab­ins, Qatar Ex­ec­u­tive, the pri­vate air­craft char­ter di­vi­sion of Qatar Air­ways will also de­but its Gulfstream G500. The jet is the first unit from a 2014 or­der for 30 Gulfstream busi­ness jets, in­clud­ing the larger, longer range model G600 and the flag­ship G650ER. FLY­ING IN A DIF­FER­ENT LEAGUE. Pal-V Lib­erty, world’s first pro­duc­tion fly­ing car will also be on dis­play at the air­show and is touted to be the star at­trac­tion. In devel­op­ment since 2001 by the Dutch com­pany Pal V, Lib­erty is a three-wheeled au­to­mo­bile that con­verts into a two-seat gy­ro­plane within 10 min­utes.

Ac­cord­ing to lux­ury life­style mag­a­zine Robb Re­port, the Lib­erty will be cleared for take­off by global avi­a­tion and trans­porta­tion author­i­ties by 2020, and the de­liv­er­ies will be­gin shortly there­after. It is avail­able in two mod­els: the fully loaded Lib­erty Pioneer Edi­tion and the base model Lib­erty Sport. The mag­a­zine re­ports “a max­i­mum speed of just un­der 100 mph in driv­ing mode and a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 9 sec­onds. In fly­ing mode,

both will have a high cruis­ing speed of nearly 100 mph and a range of about 250 miles with two peo­ple aboard and 310 miles with just a pi­lot. Pal-V rec­om­mends a run­way—paved or level grass—of at least 900 feet for take­off and a 100-foot strip for land­ing.”

The real-life Iron Man, Richard Brown­ing, will also jet in Farn­bor­ough. Brown­ing will be fly­ing above the run­way in a jet suit that can pro­duce 144 kg of thrust. The suit is made from small jet en­gines that are mounted on each arm and be­hind the back.

Farn­bor­ough Air­show (FIA) is known for show­cas­ing an ex­cel­lent mix of com­mer­cial jets, cargo planes, fighter jets, mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft and UAVs to the lat­est avi­a­tion tech­nolo­gies. This year, from July 16-22, in­dus­try, users and mem­bers of the public will gather to view the lat­est in this eclec­tic com­bine of air­craft and aero­space tech­nolo­gies. AERO­SPACE 4.0. A host of com­pa­nies will demon­strate how they can in­cor­po­rate digital tech­nolo­gies into aero­space man­u­fac­tur­ing. Con­cepts such as big data, 3D print­ing, mo­bile and edge com­put­ing, aug­mented re­al­ity, ma­chine learn­ing, and the in­ter­net of things (IoT) to make pro­duc­tion cheaper will be ad­dressed. Aero­space 4.0 will have a ded­i­cated ex­hi­bi­tion hall show­cas­ing hun­dreds of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and ad­di­tions through­out the week. CARGO VIL­LAGE. For the first time, a Cargo Vil­lage will be set up at the Farn­bor­ough Air­show as a ded­i­cated static dis­play area with around 20 ex­hibitors to carry out demon­stra­tions and show­case ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the air cargo sec­tor. It will also host the ‘New Routes to Mar­ket – The Fu­ture of Un­manned Air­craft’ panel dis­cus­sion. FLY­ING DIS­PLAYS. The cur­rent re­stric­tions on aer­o­bat­ics will ap­ply. A spokesper­son for FIA said while the Red Ar­rows will con­duct a fly past, there will be no aer­o­bat­ics this year.

IN LIGHT OF THE RE­CENT TRUMP AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION SANC­TIONS, AIR­BUS IS LIKELY TO BE LOOK­ING TO BAG OR­DERS AT FARN­BOR­OUGH

The Em­braer E2 has a new look! A life-like image of a shark is painted on the nose of an E190-E2 that will be on dis­play at FIA18

Real-life ‘Iron Man’, Richard Brown­ing, will fly above the run­way at the air­show on July 21 and 22, 2018

(Top) Delta Air Lines be­comes launch op­er­a­tor of ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin with new or­der for 20 Bom­bardier CRJ900; Qatar Ex­ec­u­tive will dis­play its Gulfstream G650ER along with other jets; (Above) Pal-V Lib­erty, world’s first pro­duc­tion fly­ing car will be on dis­play at the air­show; Lock­heed Martin’s LM-100J will also be on dis­play at FIA 2018.

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