The top 9 events of 2016 so far…

Having made it past the halfway-mark of 2016, we are in the defence industry limbo that is the end of July to August where trade shows and press trips are sparse and most of Europe takes the month off.

Here at Quill it gives us opportunity to catch up on some of the stories we want to chase in more detail but also allows us time to reflect on the events of the last six months. (And yes we will probably do one of these at Christmas too.) So here goes….

No. 9 Rotorheads at the ready.

The first big show for us this year was Heli-Expo. This year held in Louisville, Kentucky, it coincided with Super Tuesday and a Trump rally.

One of the top stories to come out of the show was the second-hand sale of UH-60A Black Hawks. Don’t ask me why but a couple of members of staff got pretty excited about the whole thing.



No.8 Just because everyone is talking about it doesn’t make it cool.

March 2016 saw the unveiling of the Airlander 10. Just take a look at my blog to see my true feelings about the monster. There were rumours of it attending the recent Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) but obviously they did not come to fruition.

No.7 Making a splash – ‘how many times can we use that headline?’

Oceanology International made its way to London earlier this year and while the show was modest in comparison to some of the events we attend it provided us with some great new contacts and understanding of the maritime industry.

No.6 Aviation geek-ness – it is in our blood.

Or at least it is for one of our staff reporters, Grant Turnbull, who made a trip over to Marignane to see Airbus helicopters’ facility in the south of France.

The poor fella almost cried with joy when he saw the H160 first prototype fly into the site. Kudos for taking this awesome picture during the excitement.

H160 with H175-2

No.5 The things we do for a defence story.

This year saw DefExpo 2016 held in Goa, India, for the first time. So we sent our intrepid Asia Pacific editor, Gordon Arthur, to check it out. Needless to say upon his return he was not keen to be sent back any time soon.

For a true representation of his experience just check out his blog: Defexpo – ‘Goodbye and please don’t come back’. 

Oh and this one: A mesmerising backwater. 


No.4 A day at the firing range.

This year Rheinmetall held its land symposium at its proving ground at Unterlüß in Germany. The event consisted of an evening and day at the firing range watching blasts and detonations from the latest company equipment.

A pretty cool experience. Check out the Blog here. 

Rheinmetall Puma with German Army

No.3 The show we love to hate

This year was the turn of Eurosatory and the entire defence industry descended upon Paris for the biennial event. The 2016 show did not disappoint with paint protests, new vehicles unveiled and the UEFA Euro 2016 football event thing.

While the show is somewhat of an endurance test and presented challenges at times, the Quill team made it through the five days in one piece and produced our most-watched video to date.

Rheinemtall Lynx

No.2 The other show we all love to hate

We all love the Farnborough Airshow but it is a daunting one because of its sheer size as one of the largest airshows in the world. This year was not without its hiccups including the show being shut-down on day one because of flooding.

But the chance for everyone to see some cool aircraft and report on the things we all love makes it just about worth it.

P-8 vide

No.1 If you don’t laugh you’ll cry.

Most importantly the Quill team have had a fun. Wherever we go you’ll find us smiling (just about) even after slogging around a show for five days and filling dozens of stories all on less than four hours sleep. No one is a stranger and if you need a beer and a friendly face of an evening we are more than happy to oblige.

So here’s to the rest of 2016. Hopefully we will see you there!




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