Aerodays2015 incorporates a number of full day national technical visits on Friday 23 October. There are three visits to choose from, all of which depart from central London at similar times. All visits are now sold out.

Option 1 (incorporates 3 site visits) 

Transport Systems Catapult

The Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world. Established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, are here to support business growth, increase the UK’s share of the global Intelligent Mobility market, and attract investment – creating jobs and generating long-term economic growth.

During your visit you will see how we are helping to sell UK capability on the global stage, while also promoting the UK as a superb test bed for the transportation industry. With a clear emphasis on collaboration, we are bringing together diverse organisations across different modes of transport, breaking down barriers and providing a unique platform for meeting the world’s most pressing transport challenges.

Aircraft Research Association (ARA)

The requirement for the reduction in fuel burn and noise of commercial aircraft means that advanced aerodynamic computational and measurement techniques are vital in the development of future aircraft. ARA is one of the world’s leading centres for Computational Fluid Dynamics, transonic wind tunnel testing and manufacturer of aerodynamic test and measurement equipment. Working closely with the UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the aerospace industry, ARA is developing new CFD and wind tunnel test techniques which will assist designers to reduce weight, fuel burn and noise of future commercial aircraft.

This visit to ARA’s site in Bedford will provide an opportunity to see how one of the world’s leading high speed wind tunnels is collaborating with partners to provide the advanced measurement techniques to assist the development of economic, quiet aircraft. Visitors will see the test rigs designed to help the European aerospace industry develop the next generation of aircraft.

Cranfield University

Cranfield University has been at the forefront of aerospace technology and postgraduate education for over 60 years. Cranfield works in partnership with business and government right through the aerospace supply chain contributing blue sky thinking alongside applied solutions. Their unique and near industrial-scale research facilities enable Cranfield and its partners to develop new technologies and concepts to constantly push the boundaries of aircraft performance. The integration of airframe and propulsion is a major enabler in achieving ambitious performance, emission control and economic targets for future aircraft.  Cranfield’s £35million Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC), due to open in 2016 with co-investment partners Airbus and Rolls-Royce, will create a new collaborative research facility for developing, integrating and validating novel aerospace solutions.

The visit to Cranfield will provide an opportunity to see how one of Europe’s leading aerospace research centres is developing novel solutions to help deliver the future of aerospace.

Option 2

NATS – UK Air Navigation Service Provider

Air Traffic Management is a vital part of a sustainable and successful European aviation industry. NATS is a global leader in innovative air traffic solutions and airport performance and as a full member of the EC-funded SESAR Joint Undertaking, is a major player in the European aviation research and innovation community.

This visit to NATS Corporate and Technical Centre in Hampshire will provide an opportunity to see how one of Europe’s leading Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) is collaborating with partners to help modernise and improve Europe’s airspace in order to safely and efficiently manage forecast traffic growth. Visitors will hear and see how we’re working with partners – from technology giants to aerospace companies and other ANSPs – to help improve European ATM performance and to see how NATS goes about researching, developing and implementing new air traffic solutions.

Option 3 

High Value Manufacturing Catapult – Manufacturing Technology Centre

Find out more about the High Value Manufacturing Catapult – Manufacturing Technology Centre here. Visit details to follow.