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Farnborough Airshow public weekend axed -BBC

Old 5th Mar 2019, 21:24
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Farnborough Airshow public weekend axed -BBC

Farnborough Airshow public weekend axed

    The Farnborough International Airshow will no longer host a public weekend after "negative and vitriolic" feedback for displays, it has been announced.

    Organisers said the Shoreham air crash had "expedited" the decision, which comes amid a "dwindling number" of spectators. A spokeswoman said organisers could "no longer provide an airshow the public want".

    The event will focus on its five-day trade show. The Farnborough Airshow will still include trade flying displays when the biennial event takes place in July 2020. In a statement, organisers said the exhibition halls would be open to the public on the Friday of the airshow, while it would "focus on inspiring the next generation and showcasing the technologies driving new products and manufacturing processes".

    Spokeswoman Mary Kearney said the airshow appreciated the affection plane lovers had for the public weekend, but it received "very negative and vitriolic feedback from 2018". She added the effects that the Shoreham air crash had on air displays "certainly had an impact" and "expedited this decision". At the 2015 Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex a Hunter Hawker jet flown by pilot Andy Hill crashed in a loop manoeuvre on the A27, killing 11 people. As a result of the fatal crash, safety measures for airshows were enhanced by the Civil Aviation Authority. Ex-military jets are restricted to flypasts over land.

    Ms Kearney said the public expected "fast aerobatic displays as part of the weekend", but teams like the RAF Red Arrows could no longer perform aerobatic stunts at shows like Farnborough.

    Farnborough International chief executive Gareth Rogers said: "Removing the public weekend will disappoint some, but for our exhibitors and trade visitors the focus is on business and accessing the talent they need to sustain global competitiveness."

    Last year the trade show saw £145.7bn ($192bn) worth of deals, with more than 1,500 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors from 112 countries.

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    Disappointing to see that once again, as is so often the case these days, idiocy prevails!
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    Old 5th Mar 2019, 22:40
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    Having attended more Farnborough shows than I care to remember, both as a member of the public and an exhibitor, I can vouch for the fact that the latter consider the public days a PITA.
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    Old 5th Mar 2019, 23:27
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    'Negative and vitriolic feedback' from who?
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    Old 6th Mar 2019, 00:10
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    Should save them a fair amount of money. Whatever the takings, it's a lot of outgoings.
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    Old 6th Mar 2019, 07:41
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    A little surprised at this announcement. I was at Farnborough last year on the Saturday (and many years ago at an earlier one). It was certainly well attended by the public and I saw no signs of negatives or vitriolic comments. Was puzzled and slightly annoyed that the Red Arrows could only do fly pasts - then went off to the Olympic park where presumably they did a full show. But we had the Red Bulls who did some remarkably spectacular displays which were probably just as much an accident risk. I expect and hope they will change their decision, although I guess I must now remove the date from next year's diary.
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    Old 6th Mar 2019, 08:05
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    'Negative and vitriolic feedback' from who?
    Quite a bit here on PPRuNe at the time, I seem to remember.
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    Old 6th Mar 2019, 08:45
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    I have been at Farnborough many times but only on trade days. As they seem to have built houses all around the place there should be no surprise that noise complaints go up.
    Glad I did see the Vulcan fly there.
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    Old 6th Mar 2019, 08:48
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    Well at least I have happy memories from my misspent youth. Shame. Hope the BBC will cover the trade days and present highlights of the flying and the exhibits for those now unable to attend ... and those who would have liked to but are in the air elsewhere at the time.
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    Having attended more Farnborough shows than I care to remember, both as a member of the public and an exhibitor, I can vouch for the fact that the latter consider the public days a PITA.

    Likewise, and I totally agree. Personally, I think it's the thin end of a wedge to eventually close down all air shows.
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    Old 6th Mar 2019, 09:28
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    If no more PR work towards the public is done aviation will be even less accepted in the future. It's not the single high tech industry it used to be. From the world's Googles to biotech companies a lot more industries are looking for young talent.

    Better bring back the fascination of flying until it becomes a pure drone exhibition anyway.
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    Lawyers and Health and Safety, if unrestrained, will eventually shut down society. Hopefully the backlash will begin before then.
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    Old 6th Mar 2019, 10:13
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    Originally Posted by parabellum View Post
    Negative and vitriolic feedback' from who?
    Quite a bit here on PPRuNe at the time, I seem to remember.
    Surely not.

    PPRuNe: Anybody else think Farnborough's Cr*p?
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    Old 6th Mar 2019, 12:52
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    Hope the BBC will cover
    and that it makes downunder.
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    Originally Posted by Running Ridges View Post
    'Negative and vitriolic feedback' from who?
    The bloke on the other desk in the PR office.

    You could see the way it was going when the "Business park " was established. Then Ramstein (Cars forced to park back from immediate vicinity of the display line), the early 2000s security scares (All cars parked off 'drome and the "Long march" from the car park) and now Shoreham - finished, end of. Last time I went in 2006, it was largely families on a general day-out (It could have been Chessington WOA for all they cared), possibly reflecting the advertising campaigns on commercial radio. Most of the enthusiasts had deserted.

    But there's still Friday, Trade tickets (If you know somebody) and planes TV.

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    Is a pilots licence still an entrance qualification for a trade day?
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    Is a pilots licence still an entrance qualification for a trade day?
    Was it ever? The people who fly planes tend to not be the people who pay for them.
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    Was it ever? The people who fly planes tend to not be the people who pay for them.
    i meant that, in the past at least, to go to a non-public day at Farmborough, one could apply to attend without a trade invite if you had a pilotís licence. I attended once years ago when I still had a PPL.
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    FARNBOROUGH MEMORIES

    We lived in Cove just to the north of Farnborough in 1950 and all the aircraft from the airshows would provide a fantastic sight from our back garden. When we moved away we always went to the public days to watch from the crowd line whilst sitting on the the roof of the car. You needed to get in early to get a good spot. Lucky enough to display at Farnborough on 3 occasions but the last one was a flypast only due to change is display rules. The only way to reinstate public days is to relocate the show to a suitable airfield. That will never happen in my opinion as probably too many vested interests in play.





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    Old 7th Mar 2019, 12:47
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    My UK colleagues describe it as inevitable - higher and higher prices for less and less

    The last one was a parade of identi-kit airliners doing nothing - "a procession of Ford Focuss's" was one comment

    And anything interesting disappears after trade days because ,suddenly "we have to maintain the test program" leaving the public with the Battle of Britain Flight, the Red Arrows and the USAF (who have always seemed to take Farnbro' seriously)

    I understand it but to me it's another sign that aerospace is now a routine, boring , manufacturing operation and the romance has been squeezed right out.......

    I guess RIAT and Duxford are all that's left really......
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