Unmanned aircraft systems should participate in the daily flying display at the Farnborough air show for the first time this year, after the event’s organisers reached an in-principle agreement with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the site’s owners.

Farnborough International chief executive Shaun Ormrod says “extensive consultation with customers has clearly indicated that a UAS display must become an integral part of future air shows.”

The show organiser says the newly secured agreement is the result of “lengthy discussions”, and covers guidelines for both indoor and outdoor flight activities with unmanned air vehicles.

“It is likely that a dedicated 30min UAS display will take place prior to the start of the flying display,” the company says. However, this could potentially be extended to 1h, “depending on the level of customer uptake.”

“We expect a good number of customers to take up this opportunity,” says Rod Dean, the show’s director of flight operations.

The Farnborough air show will take place from 19-25 July.

Source: FlightGlobal.com