EVENT PREVIEW: Aerospace Testing Symposium 2021


Aero testing symposium logo London to Sydney in 5 hours: The Future of Aviation Conference

When: September 29 & 30, 2021

Where: London County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB & ONLINE

Registration: www.symposium.aerospacetestinginternational.com 

When the first Aerospace Testing Symposium is held in London, UK at County Hall at the end of this month, it will mark two major milestones.

The first is a return to live events after the Covid-19 pandemic, although those still unable to attend will be able to participate online. The second is the return of Aerospace Testing International Magazine to the hosting of conferences after an absence of more than 10 years.

The aim of the Aerospace Testing Symposium has been clear from the outset, to bring the pages of the magazine to life for aerospace professionals. The Symposium will enable the exchange of the latest ideas and concepts and discussion of the technologies and techniques relevant to those that work in aerospace testing, while facilitating the networking that is only possible through a live event. 

A comprehensive and professionally produced conference specifically for testing has been lacking from the aerospace industry’s event schedule since ATI stopped hosting its events. Organized by a team with extensive experience of large events and knowledge of the industry, we hope that the Symposium will be embraced by the sector to become the premier forum for pushing forward this vital area of aerospace engineering.

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Over the course of two days delegates can expect to see presentations from some of the best-known and most-qualified experts, exclusively focused on aerospace testing procedures and technologies. The primary theme is testing and validation technologies and services. Subjects will include but are not limited to discussing NDT, simulation, modeling, NVH, emissions, quality and durability, engines, data acquisition and telemetry, as well as flight and performance testing. Presentations will cover both component and complete-aircraft testing. 

Key figures from research associations, testing houses, and aircraft manufacturers are presenting papers on case studies and innovative testing procedures and technologies. Attending the Aerospace Testing Symposium can help you make more informed decisions on which technologies and systems to invest in to improve your product performance and durability.

Kicking off the Symposium will be keynote presentations for each stream. These are intended to set the context for discussion. The keynotes are being given by Pete Smith, head of structural test and laboratories from Airbus and Professor Dragos Axinte, professor and chair of manufacturing engineering from the University of Nottingham, and speakers from Siemens, Altair and Avensis. 

Following the day’s presentations from our industry-leading roster of speakers, the proceedings will conclude with a panel discussion on a topic designed to engage the audience. On day one this will be “Reducing test and development cost as well as time-to-market for new aircraft and components”. Day two’s panel discussion is on the topic, “Developing and testing new aircraft for the future of aviation, looking at future legislation and possible legislation and market demands”.

The Symposium’s program has been developed in association with an industry advisory board recruited from across the world representing different parts of the sector to ensure its relevance to those working in aerospace testing.



Running alongside the Symposium’s program, attendees will be able to visit an exhibition featuring the leading companies demonstrating their latest aerospace testing systems and services.

Similarly to the conference program, the products and services being offered by exhibitors tackle the two great challenges faced by the industry in recent history: one being increased scrutiny on product-development procedures and the other being the need to reduce development costs without reducing performance, durability or quality.

With exhibitors such as Airbus, Curtiss-Wright, HBK, Meggitt, NSI and Safran, delegates can be assured they are seeing the latest and greatest technologies and products applicable to their work.

X5000 3D X-ray inspection system

NSI will be on hand to discuss the latest NDT equipment, such as they X5000 3D X-ray inspection system


Created for the testing sector

We are fortunate to have some great speakers who are giving detailed technical presentations on a spectrum of testing-related subjects, from simulation, modeling and validation to certification flight testing, covering almost every aspect of testing.

Aviation is undergoing an amazing period of innovation, with new fuels, propulsion systems, materials and designs offering exciting future possibilities for air travel. None of these advances are possible without the aerospace testing sector and the companies supplying the tools and facilities they require. This conference aims to help industry professionals achieve those goals.


Can’t attend in person? 
Then join us online!

While the UK is able to safely host physical events during September 2021, we realize that several other countries may have travel restrictions in place. Therefore we are enabling people to attend the Aerospace Testing Symposium either physically or virtually.

The Aerospace Testing Symposium is using the Swapcard platform to provide online access to its thought-leading content, exceptional networking and latest technology showcases. More than 1,500 virtual and hybrid events have used the Swapcard platform last year.

Visitors and exhibitors to the event will have a Swapcard account automatically created from where they can edit their profile and contact information, access the conference program to plan their viewing, attend live sessions and view on-demand recordings. The Swapcard platform allows you to contact and organize meetings with other attendees.


London to Sydney in 5 hours: The Future of Aviation Conference

Co-located with the Aerospace Testing Symposium is our London to Sydney in 5 hours: The future of aviation conference. Registering for one event enables you to attend both!

The London to Sydney in 5 hours conference for the first time assembles the world’s leading experts to discuss the development and testing of technologies for the next generation of supersonic and hypersonic aircraft. 

The key question the conference will address is: How do we create market-viable supersonic and hypersonic technologies and aircraft?

Answering this question will be speakers and delegates from the manufacturers of aerospace propulsion technologies, advanced component-technology manufacturers, world-leading aerospace research associations and universities, aircraft designers and manufacturers. 

Speakers across the two days include Norris Tie, co-founder and CEO of Exosonic, Dr Michael Smart, head of R&D and co-founder of Hypersonix and Lieutenant Colonel Joshua A. Burger, program manager from the US Air Force’s Vector Initiative and many more.

Go to www.londontosydneyin5hours.com for more information and to register now.

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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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