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Exhibiting Companies in 2018

See below the companies that attended this year's Techno Zone® and what some of them were exhibiting.

  • Airbus
  • Airbourne Aviation
  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing Centennial Wings
  • Bournemouth Air Scouts
  • Defence Science & Technology Laboratory
  • Fujitsu
  • GCHQ
  • GE Aviation
  • Girl Guiding South West
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Institute of Physics
  • James Dyson Foundation
  • Leonardo
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Martin Baker
  • Moog
  • National Physical Laboratory
  • Northrop Grumman
  • NATS
  • QinetiQ
  • Royal Aeronautical Society
  • RAF Charitable Trust
  • Raytheon
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Thales
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority


Airbourne Aviation

Airbourne Aviation operates as the UK's only all-weather training facility so when other flight schools are unable to fly due to poor weather your training can continue uninterrupted utilising their Comco approved full motion C42 flight training simulator, which they bring to TechnoZone®, allowing visitors to have a go at flying their aircraft.


They exhibited a sphero table where visitors used iPads to control mini spherical robots around a track which was designed to look like a wing of an airplane and the robot represented the fuel travelling round it. Also a HoloLens - Augmented reality - where those wearing the headset could choose from a variety of Airbus planes to look at in the air.

BAE Systems

There were a number of interactive displays, such as a Virtual Reality (VR) aircraft experience. The audience were also invited to participate in some of the problem-solving STEM games on display; view a demonstration of 3D printing technology and understand how we currently use this technology within BAE Systems; our robot MIA was back this year and we discussed the use of gyroscopes. They also presented 'Innovation LIVE' - an interactive performance where students were introduced to a series of fun and fascinating ways in which Maths is used in everyday life.

Boeing (Centennial Wings)

Visitors were invited to come and see the completed Sting S4 light aircraft built by RAF Cadets from Northern Ireland, as part of the Centennial Wings project supported by Boeing and The Air League.

Bournemouth Air Scouts Sim

There were four different flight simulators for the public to enjoy. These were funded by a RAFCT donation.

Dawn Bonfield

Informed visitors that there were lots of additional resources online to help students and parents choose engineering careers.

Defence Science & Technology Lab

There was a full cockpit, two seater, gliding simulator, a desktop wind tunnel, a range of hands-on science activities, electrical circuit building, torch building and hoop glider building at this stand.


STEM challenges which included building structures with Jelly Tots and cocktail sticks, making bridges from Spaghetti and elastic bands and using Dyson hairdryers to float balls.


A Virtual Air Show was created for the Fujitsu stand at RIAT that gave the audience the chance to design a customised livery and to create a flight plan for an air display choosing from a selection of tricks.


You could try your hand as a pilot in their portable flight simulator, and test your reaction time in our 'Plane Reaction' game. There was a series of challenging puzzles for all ages, including matchstick challenges, a basic introduction to programming, and some other aviation-related activities.


You could take a "Future Selfie" of yourself to share with your friends online and see how Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) subjects could enable you to be an engineer, cyber guardian, pilot or astronaut of the future! Using the HTC VIVE Room Scale VR system you could also move around a virtual Eurofighter Typhoon.

Lockheed Martin

There was a 'career predictor activity' framing the experience to help kids think about the possibilities available to them in STEM from finding out what they enjoy doing. Employees shared their expertise live on our stage area. There was also a 'Space Discovery wall'.Kids could pull levers, open air lock doors and turn gears to learn more about life in space and what it takes to be an astronaut.

Mantra (Uni of Sheffield)

There was a virtual reality wall, a virtual 3D welder, Vive interactive headset & controller as well as many tactile work pieces and 7 screens showing different methods of manufacturing technologies some of the companies that they have conducted research work with.

Martin Baker

There was a virtual reality flight simulator of the Mach Loop in Wales, which gave you the chance to experience what it's like for a pilot in training.


There was a number of STEM related activities which included 3D printing, hydraulic actuation and mechanical propulsion.

National Physical Laboratory

There was a hands on demos relating to the redefinition of the International System of Units, 3D printers and perception demos which tested the human ability to measure things.


On its stand this year QinetiQ offered Techno Zone visitors the chance to try out some pretty exciting and challenging experiences including a robot resupply run and a crimping challenge.

RAF Leeming

There was a PlayStation challenge and paper aeroplane making. You could also talk to serving members of the RAF about their careers.


Visitors could find out about the RAF Charitable Trust, talk to its representatives and have a go on the buzz wire game.

“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, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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