Rotary Sector at FIA
As the leading event for the global aerospace industry, the Farnborough International Airshow is naturally the meeting place for the rotary-wing sector as well as fixed-wing aircraft. With the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre being based at TAG Farnborough Airport, it allows manufacturers to demonstrate their aircraft capabilities but also allows the supply chain to showcase their technologies within these aircraft.
FIA16 witnessed a 34% increase in rotary exhibitors reflecting a growth in demand from business, consumer and defence markets for rotary Aircraft. Airbus, Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Hutchinson, Leonardo, Sikorsky and TAI all showcased their rotary aircraft at the show with the major announcement on day one that UK MoD had signed a deal with Boeing for 50 Apache helicopters.
For the supply chain industry, companies like FLIR Systems, CarteNav and UK SME, Barnbrook Systems also exhibited at the show. FLIR Systems unveiled its airborne surveillance and targeting systems and Barnbrook Systems secured a six-figure deal to supply its cutting-edge fuel switch to Leonardo’s AW101 helicopter.
Equally, for the MRO sector, there are plenty of after-market deals to be had at Farnborough. For example at FIA16, Sikorsky signed two 10-year support contracts with Babcock Mission Critical Services and Bristow Helicopters.
The Farnborough International Airshow is exhibiting at MRO Europe this week which is co-located with Helitech International. If you are in the Rotary business, visit us at stand 143 to learn more about what’s in store for 2018.
P.S. The photo was taken during the public weekend of the Farnborough International Airshow. A great shot all the same.