As the 52nd International Paris Airshow gets underway, the pressures starts to ease temporarily for the Powervamp Airshow team. 400Hz frequency converters, 28V DC power supplies and 3 and 5 tonne coolers have been situated by their respective aircraft to allow the worlds major airframe manufacturers to showcase their latest aircraft and technologies.
Manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault and Embraer all rely on Powervamp to deliver a high level of service to enable the manufacturers to maximize the aircrafts impact whilst being demonstrated in the static display.
Power is required to run a multitude of on board systems such as avionics suites, ambient cabin lighting, fridges, entertainment systems and coffee machines to give any potential customer the complete luxury experience whilst inside the aircraft to allow the sales team to make their pitch.
One of the more interesting exhibitors being powered on the static display for their first time is Mitsubishi. The company is showing its new MRJ, (Mitsubishi regional jet), aircraft that’s set to go head-to head with Bombardier and Embraer in the regional jet market.
The MRJ is a twin engine aircraft with a capacity of 70 – 90 passengers and has been manufactured by the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation – a partnership between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Toyota Motor Corporation with some design additional assistance from Fuji Heavy Industries.
It will be the first airliner designed and produced in Japan since the 1960’s, with anticipated deliveries expected in 2020 and is being exhibited at the airshow before moving on to the UK and USA.
The Powervamp airshow team worked very closely with the Mitsubishi to ensure all their power and cooling requirements were met, and have even liaised with the on site electrical contractor on their behalf to overcome teething problems during the early set up period. To show their appreciation Powervamp Chairman, Richard Roller, was requested to be present in the company photo, such was the appreciation of the level of service provided.
With all the equipment out on the static display it just remains for the team to carry out early morning inspections during start up followed by regular walk abouts to ensure all kit is operating correctly.
As expected, temperatures have crept up to 35oC and are set to get higher as the airshow continues throughout the week putting the equipment, and staff, under pressure to perform faultlessly in the heat.
Even though the International Paris Airshow is only in to its 3rd day, thoughts now turn to breakdown and the re-loading of the lorries prior to the 7hr return journey back to the UK – a task that will require all the team to dig deep having been away for 18 days.