(July 18th-22nd, 2022)

After three year’s in the Covid-19 dol­drums, the Farn­bor­ough Air­show has risen phoenix-like from the pan­dem­ic ash­es to prove to the world, it still organ­is­es one of the lead­ing glob­al aero­space and defence indus­try events.

The stats alone are impres­sive.

100,000 square metres of exhi­bi­tion space that includes four major halls, boast­ing more than 1,500 exhibitors with 99 per­cent of stands sold; over 80,000 vis­i­tors expect­ed dur­ing the four trade days as well as many more thou­sands on the final pub­lic day; not for­get­ting the 87 sta­t­ic air­craft and those involved in a fly­ing dis­play where the lat­ter takes place on each after­noon of the week’s show. The spec­ta­cle involves com­mer­cial air­lin­ers, mil­i­tary jets and heli­copters.

This year, Farnborough’s role will car­ry even greater sig­nif­i­cance serv­ing as the first major event to recon­nect col­leagues from around the world, enabling busi­ness growth and recov­ery as well as offer­ing a sense of nor­mal­i­ty. The one coun­try miss­ing is Rus­sia, banned after invad­ing Ukraine in Feb­ru­ary.

Gareth Rogers

Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farn­bor­ough Inter­na­tion­al, com­ment­ed, “With over 70 per­cent of exhibitors from more than 49 coun­tries, we are thrilled to see the eager­ness of the indus­try to return to face-to-face events and work togeth­er to ini­ti­ate glob­al change.” Adding, “I think there will be a cel­e­bra­to­ry atmos­phere, that’s the feel­ing we’re sens­ing from the indus­try.”

As evtolinsights.com spe­cialis­es in writ­ing about eVTOLs and the infra­struc­ture, it is warm­ing to see the grow­ing pres­ence of this nascent indus­try at such an esteemed inter­na­tion­al show. Ver­ti­cal Aero­space and Lil­i­um take cen­tre stage at stand loca­tions 41000 and 1111.

Ambi­ka Shar­ma, a Ver­ti­cal Aero­space Con­sul­tant, com­ment­ed, “Ver­ti­cal will be dis­play­ing a full-scale mod­el of the VX4 in its booth stand through­out the week. While, sev­er­al com­pa­ny rep­re­sen­ta­tives are to be present on dif­fer­ent days of the week, includ­ing mem­bers from the senior team (Har­ry Holt, Deputy CEO, Eduar­do Dominguez Puer­ta, Chief Com­mer­cial Offi­cer plus oth­ers who are not yet con­firmed), as well as staff from the com­mer­cial and engi­neer­ing teams.”

A Lil­i­um spokesper­son, said, “Lil­i­um’s stand is in Hall 1 and will have scale mod­els of the Jet inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or on dis­play. Com­pa­ny Exec­u­tives avail­able for media brief­in­gs on the 18th to 20th include Daniel Wie­gand, (co-founder and CEO); Sebas­t­ian Borel, (Senior Vice Pres­i­dent); Yves Yem­si (Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer); and Alas­tair McIn­tosh (Chief Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer.)”

The spokesper­son con­tin­ued, “Mean­while, on Tues­day 19th at 10.30 am in Hall 4, Daniel Wie­gand is to deliv­er a keynote speech, enti­tled ‘How will advanced air mobil­i­ty and eVTOL’s such as Lil­i­um rad­i­cal­ly trans­form the way the world moves?’ While Alis­tair McIn­tosh is part of a pan­el dis­cus­sion ‘Tech inno­va­tion and bring­ing AAM from promise to real­i­ty’ in the same hall that after­noon start­ing at 1.30 pm.”

Oth­er eVTOL-relat­ed and green ener­gy sys­tem com­pa­nies exhibit­ing include Altair, Cran­field Aero­space, Embry-Rid­dle, UKRI (UK Research & Inno­va­tion) and Zeroavia, along­side elec­tric-pow­ered air­craft like Elec­tro-Flight and Evi­a­tion.

Wisk’s full-scale eVTOL air­craft — known as Cora — will also be on dis­play at Farn­bor­ough in its own ded­i­cat­ed chalet next to the Boe­ing pavil­ion. Gary Gysin, Wisk’s CEO, will be on-site dur­ing the event along­side sev­er­al oth­er team mem­bers and those on the Board. And watch out for the Irish and Dublin-based Avtrain, a drone pilot and oper­a­tor train­ing insti­tute for fixed-wing, hybrid, sin­gle and mul­ti-rotor drones up to 75kgs. The com­pa­ny can be locat­ed in Hall 1.

Julie Gar­land On a ‘Dawn of Drones’ Zoom Inter­view

Exhibitor’s List


Exhibitor Floor Plan


Anoth­er impor­tant dis­cus­sion is also on the Tues­day (start time 10 am: Chalet C121) that fea­tures Ver­ti­cal Aero­space and Sky­ports. Ver­ti­cal is rep­re­sent­ed by Andrew Macmil­lan (Direc­tor of Strat­e­gy) and Sky­ports by the ever-present, Dun­can Walk­er (CEO). The top­ic “Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty in the UK and how to accel­er­ate the ecosys­tem need­ed to deliv­er it”, is to be dis­cussed. Vir­gin Atlantic and Atkins are also part of these talks.

Mean­while, oth­er eVTOL-relat­ed keynote speak­ers include Joby Aviation’s Founder and CEO, JoBen Bevirt; Super­nal CTO, Ben Diachun; Air­bus CEO, Guil­laume Fau­ry; and the UKs Civ­il Avi­a­tion Author­i­ty Chair­man, Sir Stephen Hilli­er.

Farn­bor­ough From Above

A pub­lic day known as Farn­bor­ough Fri­day, has been cre­at­ed after the pre­vi­ous ‘peo­ple’s week­end’ was can­celled in 2019, when the attend­ing pub­lic had voiced many hun­dreds of neg­a­tive com­ments the pre­vi­ous year, in par­tic­u­lar, crit­i­cis­ing the Red Arrows lim­it­ed fly­over. This had fol­lowed after tight­ened and restric­tive reg­u­la­tions in the after­math of the hor­rif­ic Shore­ham Air­show dis­as­ter.

At the time, the organ­is­ers cit­ed declin­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty, atten­dances and val­ue for mon­ey among a range of rea­sons for the can­cel­la­tion. Farn­bor­ough Fri­day on July 22nd, is to be launched with the aim to “inspire and engage the industry’s future work­force.”

A major high­light on that day will be The Pio­neers of Tomor­row when indus­try exhibitors are offered a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to engage with and moti­vate future aero­space recruits.

Aimed at school chil­dren aged 11+, school leavers, grad­u­ates and career movers, “Pio­neers of Tomor­row,” says a press release, “will intro­duce the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers, inno­va­tors and pio­neers to employ­ers, pro­vid­ing valu­able insight into the wealth of career oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able through­out dynam­ic, glob­al indus­tries.”

For more infor­ma­tion


Any ques­tions regard­ing the air­show email: exhibit@farnborough.com

(Text Pics: Farn­bor­ough Air­show)