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Learning on the Go with Mitch Heaton

Event: Farnborough International Airshow 2018, July 16-20, 2018

Why were you there?

The Farnborough International Airshow is a week-long, biennial event that combines a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defense industries with a public airshow. The event is held in mid-July in even-numbered years at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, United Kingdom. The first five days (Monday to Friday) are dedicated exclusively to trade, with the final two days open to the public.

The Airshow is an important event in the international Aerospace and Defense industry calendar, providing an opportunity to demonstrate civilian and military aircraft to potential customers and investors. The show is also used for the announcement of new developments and orders, and to attract media coverage.

Farnborough International Airshow 2018 highlights include:

  • US $192B in deals were announced, up by $67.5B on the 2016 Airshow. 
  • The most international show yet with around 100 countries in attendance. 
  • More than 80,000 trade visits through the gates. 

Who did you meet?    
This event was attended by representatives of Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), JobsOhio, REDI Cincinnati, Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), NASA, Ohio State, Kent State, University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), and University of Cincinnati. 

The DDC held preset one-on-one meetings with more than 20 multinational firms, highlighted by GE Aviation, Leonardo, UTC Aerospace, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and many, many more.

Top 3 things you learned: 

  1. Book your hotel well in advance! We partnered with OAI and JobsOhio and booked a Marriott near Regent’s Park. Commute times to the show each day required the London Underground, a train from London Waterloo to the Farnborough station, and then a bus ride to the gates. All told, the trip was nearly 80-90 minutes each way.
  2. Between Farnborough and Paris in alternating years, the Dayton Development Coalition, REDI Cincinnati and JobsOhio can meet with the Aerospace and Defense industry giants all in one place. It’s also a must, as 45 of 50 states were (well) represented.
  3. The concentration of Aerospace and Defense companies in Dayton are enough to wow any company who is looking to expand. The map we have developed puts it into perspective quickly that we have the major players.


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