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

QinetiQ Innovation Trail - the Innovation Trail will be back at the Air Tattoo this year with over 5,000 children visiting the stands throughout the day on Friday 14 July. The children will be visiting each stand where they answer a question and collect a stamp about the technology on display to earn their 'wings'. This year's trail is sponsored by QinetiQ and, as part of the partnership between the company and the Air Tattoo, a QinetiQ graduate has been working alongside the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprise's Techno Zone team to organise and run the trail. In addition to sponsoring the trail, QinetiQ will also be displaying new UAV radar which is capable of tracking small drones. Make sure to visit all of the stands, including QinetiQ's, throughout the day.

Engineers are Us - bringing the thrill of Engineering and the role of Engineers to life in front of you eyes. Engineering goggles, dubious car testing and thinking outside the box literally engineered into our mathematically calculated and scientifically stimulating shows. If with a flick of a switch Engineering would disappear from our lives, what would the world be like? 

Wear Engineering goggles and join us in this journey into the world through the eyes of Engineer Angie. Through exploring objects of everyday life (and some fictional ones) Engineers Are Us invites the public to think outside the box (literally) and discover the excitement of being an Engineer and aspects of the career that seem invisible to most of us.

Come and meet Angie as she demonstrates interactive takes on the speed of sound and tells some well known stories. 'Busking' three times a day for 45 minutes on Friday 14 at 10am, 12noon and 2.30pm. Or pay her a visit on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 in the Marquee at 10am, 10.30am, 12noon 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3pm. 

Activities and Exhibitors attending 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 can discover what it takes to be an engineer
  • Martin Baker - giving people the chance to sit in an ejector seat
  • British Airways - visitors can discover how commercial air travel uses 21st century technology
  • Raytheon - visitors have the chance to find out more about intelligence systems
  • Air Cadet Organisation - bringing exciting opportunities 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 - local secondary schools put forward their young engineers to compete to make a working model in a day
  • Junior Engineer Competition - Friday 14 July - building a vehicle powered by jet or propellor
  • BAE Systems - a leader in aerospace technology and engineering
  • RAF Microlight Flying Association - the opportunity to learn and experience Microlight Flight
  • RAF Engineers - you can 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 returns this year to the Air Tattoo offering the opportunity for the next generation of pilots to get hands-on flight experience at the controls of this popular attraction
  • NPL - delivering positive social and economic impact through world-class measurement science, engineering and technology for over 100 years. Find out about our apprenticeships from our young scientists and engineers and try out some of our cutting-edge innovations!
  • Engineering a Legend - Sci-Hi Education are bringing their brand new 1:3 scale Hawker Hurricane where visitors will have the chance to get up close and personal with this famous and beautiful aircraft. Measuring over 10 feet long with a wingspan of 14 feet, this highly realistic model quite literally comes apart to reveal the inner workings and craftsmanship of this 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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