As the 52nd International Paris Airshow opens its doors to the worlds media and business visitors, it’s important to acknowledge the background detail that ensures the smooth running of the worlds oldest airshow.
Although the Powervamp air show team arrived on site eight days ago, its the meticulous planning that started early last year that will be the key to successfully powering the static display area.
Manufacturing schedules, aircraft power requirements and calculated cable runs based upon junction box locations are all taken into account, however, it’s the fluid nature of the show that remains the biggest challenge with changes even being made during the airshow as aircraft are positioned, and repositioned or additional aircraft are brought in at the last minute.
The three artic lorries carrying the PV90-3 400Hz frequency converters, 3-tonne and 5-tonne air conditioning units and PS300 28V DC power supplies have been unloaded into their designated compound in the middle of the static air park.
All equipment will need a careful physical inspection both internally and externally prior to before being distributed to the various static display areas to ensure it is in perfect working order after its long journey from the Powervamp Barton-le-Clay factory.
The pressure mounts exponentially for the team as the requirement for ground power becomes the main priority for all the airframe manufactures showcasing their latest aircraft. Long hours ensue over the last few days of set up as the team compete against the clock to supply and position all equipment, but the experienced team are used to working under these high pressure situations.