Farnborough Air Show 2016, UK.

Now that the dust has settled, I am back in the office with all the invoicing done and sent off, I can now relax with a cup of tea and reflect on this amazing international event, which I’ve attended as a Russian-English technical interpreter for the last 6 years. And it’s never failed to amaze me! The amount of knowledge, progress and truly global cooperation, all brought together here in Britain, does not fail to inspire. Even the economic uncertainty in the wake of the recent Brexit vote, general volatility in the world and heavy rain, which managed to cut short the start of the show, didn’t spoil the overall exhilarating experience that a visitor gets during such amazing events.

Ruslan

Ruslan, Volga-Dnepr. Farnborough, 2016, UK

On our arrival at Farnborough traders’ gates, we were warmly greeted by this handsome Russian guy! This giant cargo aircraft AN-124 Ruslan (NATO reporting name Condor) met us in style! At the show we had back-to-back meetings with various suppliers, distributors, stockists, academic bodies, governmental departments: stand after stand of inspiring ideas. The drive and desire to trade from all sides was impossible to hide. With 1500 exhibitors and 73,000 visitors from 52 countries and from every sector of industry, the orders and commitments made during the show beat any reasonable expectations with $124 billion worth being announced by the show statistics office. It was also good to see Russian stands. Note: Russian delegation did not participate in 2014 due to political tensions. This year, however, we saw a respectable half a pavilion filled with Russian exhibitors, such as the one on the photo (Ruslan), Sukhoi Aviation Holding Co; Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company; Russian Helicopters etc.

Space Pavillion

Space pavilion, Farnborough 2016, UK

International Space pavilion was my favourite experience at Farnborough this year. I feel that space is one of very few areas of human cooperation, where politics are set aside. At least for a while. As a business person and scholar myself, I have met some wonderful personalities (academics and business people)  interested and willing to engage on various joint academia-industry merger projects, which could potentially significantly contribute to aerospace development of our respective countries in the areas of advanced metallurgy. I will discuss this further when the time is right.

All this negotiation, countless handshakes and never-ending business ideas were generated underneath roaring military and civil air displays. We had a wonderful experience followed by creative, business-planning dinners. The following day, the meetings and talks moved onto the Whitehall offices in Central London. All parties involved in these Russo-British negotiations across a number of pavilions at Farnborough as well as in Whitehall, left satisfied with the job well done, understanding reached and trade relationships enhanced.

Inspiration of the week: we live in a post-industrial society. Communication and constructive discussion is the key to success in any scale enterprise. The strict hierarchical lines of allowed norms of thinking and behaviour are becoming less pronounced. Supplier-customer relationships are merging into partnerships and joint ideas, where both parties are each other’s irreplaceable sources of progress and vision in a society of creators and entrepreneurial minds.

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