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Techno Zone

The Techno Zone has aviation at its heart and is where the STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering and maths, are brought to life and showcased with cutting edge exhibits and interactive activities designed to engage and inspire future engineers.

Visitors to the 2017 Air Tattoo were given the chance to get hands-on with technology from Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin, QinetiQ, Airbus, GCHQ, NATS and many others as they demonstrated the practical application of materials, communications, flight systems and propulsion - all geared towards under 16s. Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and supported by the RAF Charitable Trust, Techno Zone 2017 was packed with interactive exhibits to inspire and enthuse our future engineers. New exhibitors for the 2017 show were Northrop Grumman, Thales, Leonardo, The Met Office and the Aviation Skills Partnership.

QinetiQ Innovation Trail - the Innovation Trail returned to the Air Tattoo once again in 2017, with over 5,000 children visiting the stands throughout the day on Friday 14 July 2017. The children visited each stand where they answered a question and collected a stamp about the technology on display to earn their 'wings'. The 2017 trail was sponsored by QinetiQ. 

Activities and Exhibitors that attended the 2017 Air Tattoo:

  • NATS - keeping the skies safe
  • Airbus - demonstrating the principles of flight
  • Lockheed Martin - manufacturing the next generation of military aircraft
  • QinetiQ - keeping today's military aircraft in the air
  • Rolls-Royce - aircraft propulsion systems
  • GE Aviation - cutting edge aircraft systems
  • Moog - aircraft control systems
  • IET - visitors could discover what it takes to be an engineer
  • Martin Baker - visitors had the chance to sit in an ejector seat
  • British Airways - visitors could discover how commercial air travel uses 21st century technology
  • Raytheon - visitors had the chance to find out more about intelligence systems
  • Air Cadet Organisation - exciting opportunities brought to students nationwide
  • Thales - from the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, Thales design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today. Whatever it takes.
  • Lockheed Martin Schools' Engineering Challenge - Saturday 15 July 2017 - local secondary schools put forward their young engineers to compete to make a working model in a day
  • Junior Engineer Competition - Friday 14 July 2017 - a vehicle powered by jet or propellor was built
  • BAE Systems - a leader in aerospace technology and engineering
  • RAF Microlight Flying Association - the opportunity to learn and experience Microlight Flight
  • RAF Engineers - you could meet the teams that keep the RAF in the air
  • James Dyson Foundation - Interactive science and engineering challenges to inspire the engineers of the future
  • AirSIM Popham - the world's only full motion Ikarus C42 flight training simulator returned to the Air Tattoo, and offered the opportunity for the next generation of pilots to get hands-on flight experience at the controls
  • NPL - delivering positive social and economic impact through world-class measurement science, engineering and technology for over 100 years. Visitors could find out about apprenticeships from young scientists and engineers and try out some of the cutting-edge innovations!
  • Engineering a Legend - Sci-Hi Education brought their brand new 1:3 scale Hawker Hurricane, visitors had the chance to get up close and personal with the famous and beautiful aircraft. Measuring over 10 feet long with a wingspan of 14 feet, the highly realistic model quite literally came apart to reveal the inner workings and craftsmanship of the WW2 fighter aircraft. 

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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