Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge participants at Futures Day with G-YTLY and G-SBAP

The Royal Aeronautical Society was proud to be a delivery partner for this year’s Futures Day 2014, on Friday 18 July, at the Farnborough Air Show to encourage young people aged 11-21 to find out what the aerospace world has to offer in terms of new technology, exciting career pathways and the value of continuing STEM subjects at school, college, university and beyond. Over 5,000 young visitors arrived from schools across the UK, including Northern Ireland and Scotland, to experience an exciting programme of activities and the flying display.

One of the day’s key highlights was the air display which featured  a ‘Farnborough first’ with two aircraft from the Society’s Schools Build-a- Plane Challenge, G-YTLY and G-SBAP, giving their first public air show performance in front of the visitors. It was not only an impressive flying display but truly moving to see aircraft built by secondary schools fly in one of the world’s most prestigious and biggest air shows! You can check out the students’ reaction on a video made by Boeing to mark the day, and soon we will be releasing a documentary about the programme with footage from the show.

Major Tim Peake at Futures Day

The Society also helped produce a conference programme for the Futures Day organisers, ADS Group, around women in aerospace with fantastic speakers taking part in a panel session from Airbus, Rolls-Royce, CGI, Flybe, Royal Air Force and Raytheon, chaired by Jenny Body, Immediate Past President and followed by individual talks on apprenticeships and becoming a pilot , with over 100 young people coming to the sessions.  Star guests included astronaut-in-training Major Tim Peake, who gave an inspirational insight into space travel to launch the day, as well as TV presenter and mathematician Carol Vorderman who hosted  a ‘Who Wants to be an Engineer?’ quiz based on the TV show,  Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, organised by careers advisory charity Inspiring Futures. STEMNET also provided fantastic interactive STEM workshops to show exciting ways that teachers and young people could develop their knowledge. 

The Innovation Zone in Hall 4 which had been home to the Society’s corporate stand during the trade days, was transformed into the heart of Futures Day with the exciting developments from AGP, ATI, and employers including Rolls-Royce, Messier-Buggati-Dowty, Marshall ADS, MBDA and many more showcasing their career opportunities and providing fun STEM activities.

However, if you missed Futures Day, don’t worry, there will be more opportunities to engage with the aerospace industry in the coming months:

Tuesday 7 October – save the date for our special Schools Space event for 11-14 year-olds to coincide with the President’s Conference. To register your interest please contact 

Friday 7 November Careers in Aerospace LIVE 2014 – our annual recruitment fair aimed at those seeking employment in the aerospace and aviation sectors including graduate roles, placements, experienced roles and apprenticeships.  Exhibitors can book spaces now, and visitor registration will open in mid August 2014.

In addition, we will hold further Cool Aeronautics events for primary schools in the coming months and we also offer free visits to universities and colleges with aerospace and aviation courses to deliver our  Careers and CV Workshops to help students seeking employment in the sector covering job-hunting tips, CV and online application forms and employability skills. 

For all careers and education activity enquiries please contact:

T: + 44 (0)20 7670 4325/6

Beautiful weather at Futures Day with the Red Arrows performing their heart sign

RAeS Careers
24 July 2014