Dates for the Farnborough International air show through to 2016 have been announced here in Singapore, along with details of the attractions on offer at this year’s show.

Farnborough 2006 now has 68 new exhibitors signed up, with more than 96% of exhibition and chalet space sold.

One of the new initiatives for the 2006 event is International Youth Day, devoted to encouraging young people to pursue aerospace careers.

More than 1,000 young people aged from 15 to 24 will attend the show on Friday 21 July as part of an industry drive to raise awareness of the careers opportunities available in aerospace, science, technology and engineering.

The programme for the day will include talks from test pilots, scientists and journalists about their experiences, a “build a plane” project, time in the latest aircraft simulators and a guided tour of the exhibition halls and static display.

Organisations supporting the initiative include the RAF, National Air Traffic Services and more than 40 other major aerospace companies, educational establishments and research organisations.

International Youth Day project manager Jon Chitty says: “We have had a positive reaction from every one of the bodies we have approached. And International Youth Day is only the start of the drive, which is one of the attractions for many organisations.

“We at FIL are working alongside an initiative called Launch Pad for Learning to ensure that the momentum we create at Farnborough is sustained through the 24 months to our next show and that we make a real difference in the minds of young people.”

Source: Flight Daily News