Project AA810, including the restoration to flight of Spitfire AA810 and the associated Sandy Gunn Aerospace Careers Programme, is delighted to announce the support of ADS, the UK trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.
ADS has more than 1,100 member companies across its four sectors and is focused on representing the interests of these valuable wealth producing industries in the UK and overseas to key stakeholders, government and the media. Farnborough International Ltd, which runs the Farnborough International Airshow, is a wholly owned subsidiary. The trade association’s current priority issues concern helping businesses through the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, further developing UK industrial strategies for its industries, productivity supply chain improvements, industrial innovation and public procurement.
ADS runs the annual UK Youth Rocketry Challenge, a competition for secondary school student teams which Project AA810 strongly supports. The UK national champions compete in the International Rocketry Challenge against winners from the USA, France and Japan with the final being held at the Farnborough Airshow and the Paris Airshow on alternating years.
Dr Michael Smith FRAeS, Chairman of the Aerospace Careers Programme, said:
“Project AA810 is extremely pleased that ADS have joined us on this exciting journey aimed at introducing young people across the UK to STEM learning and the potential aerospace and aviation careers globally that await them.”
Paul Everitt, ADS Chief Executive said:
“Innovation is at the core of the UK aerospace, defence, space and security industries and founded on our members’ commitment to investing in skills.
ADS is a keen supporter of Project AA810 which aims to restore to flight Spitfire AA810 and the associated Sandy Gunn Aerospace Careers Programme is a great initiative to bring the next generation on this journey, opening their eyes to the world of engineering and its opportunities.
Project AA810 is an inspiration for past, present and future generations of engineers.”