Changing of the guard at FAC

David Barnes OBE is to step down as Chief Executive Officer of the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC), it has been announced.

Ejector seat lands on 2Covet portal

A British-built ejection seat used in a French fighter jet has emerged for sale with a leading antique dealer – as aerospace hardware becomes more difficult to find. The Martin-Baker Mark IV seat is listed on the 2Covet portal by Chelsea dealers Hatchwell Antiques. With military aviation pieces scarcer since 9/11 and fewer military aircraft being built than in the … Read More

New arrival at FAC

The new chairman of Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) has been named as Graham Chisnall. The highly experienced sector veteran has occupied senior roles with British Aerospace (BAe), GKN Aerospace and ADS. He replaces Sir Donald Spiers who retired from the role at FAC after almost 20 years. The consortium is a highly regarded trade association with members based mainly in … Read More

Droning on for a reason

A leading supplier of drones is warning people that new laws coming into effect from January mean they might not be able to legally fly their Christmas presents. The rules mean pilots will need to complete a certificate of competency to allow them to fly a drone weighing more than 250g in most locations. With drones a big seller this … Read More

Sir Donald stands down

Sir Donald Spiers has announced he is to step down as chairman of the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) after almost 20 years. The government and industry veteran who was previously head of aerospace procurement for the UK’s armed forces has had a glittering career from when he began as a graduate apprentice. The FAC’s managing director David Barnes paid tribute … Read More

FAC calls for Covid tests to help aerospace sector

One of the leading voices in the aerospace industry is calling for any new rapid Covid testing kits to be fast-tracked into airports to help save the sector. Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) has said that without extra help more businesses in aviation and its supply chain could fail.

FAC running free webinars

Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) is hosting a series of free webinars on a variety of topics over the summer. The consortium, which represents hundreds of businesses in the aerospace sector, has been tireless during the lockdown to support the industry.