Alex Gallemore

If you ask the air traffic controllers, the Farnborough airshow is actually a three week event.

Tony Cowell, manager of air traffic services, says: "The week prior to the event is hectic. We have to accommodate the new arrivals, and individual displays are evaluated by the Flight Control Committee.

"To cope with the extra responsibilities, such as the heliport, we have imported an additional 13 staff from other NATS units."

After the event is over the 'Monday madness' begins. "Organising the departure of the show aircraft is probably our busiest day, and normality is not restored until later in the week.

"In six months it all starts again, and planning for Farnborough 2000 commences.

Source: Flight Daily News