Changes to airshow flying display rules introduced by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) following the deaths of 11 people and injuries to a further 16 outside the Shoreham Air Show in 2015 will not affect Farnborough's ability to stage an "exciting, enthralling, entertaining air display" in 2016, despite the cancelation of the Red Arrows' formation routine, says Paul Everitt.

"I think we must accept that after Shoreham, the public mood has shifted," he says. "We've worked really closely with the CAA post-Shoreham both to input some of their review of the regulations, and in implementing the changes required to ensure that what we do at Farnborough is as safe as it can be."

The regulations make multi-ship fast-jet displays difficult over the Airshow site, because of new considerations of risk beyond the airfield perimeter. "That doesn't mean to say that there won't be some multiples," Everitt says, "but the Red Arrows is a big cohort, flying at very high speed in close proximity, spread out over five miles."

Everitt stresses that the flying display is just one part of Farnborough's offering. "We have a mission which is clearly about the next generation," he says. "People seeing exciting air displays is part of that mission, But other parts are we will have people on the ground, and there will be a whole range of activities taking place during the Futures Day and public weekend which are all about young people getting close to, talking to and being inspired by the people in our industry."