The Powervamp airshow support division return from a triumphant Farnborough 2016 having supplied ground power to the aircraft within the static park.
Despite the wet weather arriving as set-up was due to commence, and half the airshow division in Fairford supporting the RIAT (Royal International Aviation Tattoo), that was held the week before, the Powervamp team soon managed to set up camp before walking the site.
It transpired that the majority of the aircraft were due to arrive on Sunday, (the day before the show started), with even a couple due to arrive early Monday morning.
Having worked at numerous air shows in Paris, Singapore, America, Canada and India over the years, the team are experienced enough to operate in situations that could be stressful to the uninitiated.
The team set about moving all the equipment into the correct locations in anticipation of the aircraft arriving, before running through a thorough test procedure. The equipment is powered up and plugged into a load bank to simulate the current draw that an aircraft would pull.
Once the team is satisfied that the equipment is performing faultlessly under load, its signed off and left in situ for the aircraft to arrive.
Sunday night proved to be a late finish for the team as they moved from aircraft to aircraft ensuring the PV90-3 frequency converters, PS300 power supplies and air-con units were maneuvered into position under wings and behind fuselages. The equipment was run up whilst plugged into the aircraft where possible and left for the big switch on first thing Monday.
The team were on site at the static park early Monday to ensure all equipment was hooked up to the aircraft, switched on and running as it should. The last few aircraft arrived and were powered up quickly as the equipment was already tested and in situ.
The rest of the day was taken up with walkabouts every hour to routinely check on the equipment or, in a couple of cases, to swap out a failing competitors product at the request of the show organisers.
The remainder of the week passed uneventfully allowing the team to take pictures of its kit in operation for publicity and marketing opportunities, prior to the re-loading on Sunday night/Monday morning and the return journey to the Barton-le-Clay factory.
Powervamp airshow support division has worked at air shows all over the world and has spent years building an enviable reputation through the supply of quality products and excellent customer service. With planning being at the heart of a successful show, it wont be long before they start work on the worlds biggest and oldest airshow – the Paris International Airshow 2017!