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5 of the best Airshows to visit around the World

5 of the best Airshows to visit around the World

FPS have compiled a list of the 5 best airshows to visit around the world.

  1. Bournemouth Air Festival, Dorset, England.

The Bournemouth Air Festival, is one of largest free annual airshows in Europe. The show combines two great things; airplanes and the beach. The four-day festival draws in large numbers of spectators each year. The dates for next year airshow are confirmed as Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st August.

  1. Reno Air Races, Reno, Nevada, USA.

Reno Air Races, is held every September. The show has a large amount of aircraft and acrobatics on display, but the star of the show is the race. Six classes of aircraft go head to head on a 3 to 8 mile race course in the sky each year, a thrilling experience that is sure to entertain all. The show is confirmed for September 14th – 18th 2016.

  1. Abbotsford Airshow, Abbotsford, Canada.

The Abbotsford Airshow, is Canada’s largest air show, it attracts more than 125,000 spectators to watch dozens of performers take the skies, including the Canadian Snowbirds, the SkyHawks parachuting team, Thunderbirds and Blue Angels. Confirmed dates for next year show are August 12th – 14th 2016.

  1. The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, UK.

The Royal International Air Tattoo is the world’s largest military air show. It takes place annually over the third weekend of July at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. The show is held in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. The event typically attracts over 150,000 spectators during the weekend. The show will take place next year on 8th-10th July 2016.

  1. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts in the US. The show has over 10,000 aircraft in attendance with a little bit of everything represented, including warbirds, home-built aircraft, ultralights and vintage planes. Last year the show attract around 500,000 spectators. 2016 dates are confirmed for the 25th-31st of July.

Tickets for all 2016 shows are on sale now, most shows require tickets to be bought in advance.




FPS attended the Dubai Airshow 2015 – Have a look!

The Dubai Airshow 2015

Our wee pet Hamish attended the Dubai Airshow 2015 too!

FPS attended the Dubai Airshow 2015 on the 8th and 9th of November and here is our round up of just a little of what happened.


The United Arab Emirates Air Force has signed a purchase agreement with Swedish Aerospace firm Saab at the Dubai Airshow. This purchase include two new Global 6000 long-range surveillance aircraft, featuring operating systems, which are new to the market as a result of  this 1.27 billion USD deal.


The world’s fastest, largest and most complex 3D-printed drone was unveiled at this year’s Airshow.

The jet-engine powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being demonstrated by show sponsor Stratasys, as part of its exhibition on the future of 3D printing technology in the aviation and space industries.


Orders at the Dubai Airshow flowed in thick and fast on day 2, as deals worth almost 30 billion USD were agreed.

Some of the big spenders at the world’s fastest growing aerospace event were Boeing and Jet Airways, who signed a deal worth approximately 8 billion USD which will see the manufacturer build 75 new 737 MAX aircraft for the Indian carrier, a partner airline of Abu Dhabi’s Etihad. Emirates and the UAE Ministry of Defence were also Among the big Spenders.


Emirates agreed a 16 billion USD maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contract with General Electric Aviation. This was for its GE9X engines that will power the airline’s fleet of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft over a period of 12 years, making it Emirates’ largest single engine MRO contract to date.

These are just some of the stories that came out of the fantastic Dubai Airshow 2015.

15 of the most scary & dangerous jobs in the world

15 of the most scary and dangerous jobs in the world

Halloween is just around the corner and we have put together a list of the 15 most scary & dangerous jobs in the world.

15.  Air traffic controller


Air traffic controllers play a major part in ensuring your safety while you’re up in the air. They guide and advise pilots at take off, during the flight, as they approach the airport and when they land. The role has massive responsibility, and can bear massive pressure on the individual, making it one of the most scary and dangerous jobs on earth.

14. Bush Pilot


A bush pilot, is a pilot that flies small aircrafts over rugged terrain or unsettled regions to serve remote areas inaccessible to or off the route of larger planes, usually to deliver cargo. This job has very high risks, studies put the chances of a Bush Pilot dying in a crash at one in eight during a 30-year career, therefor bush pilots make it on to the list of 15 most scary & dangerous jobs in the world.

13. CTS Decon Technician


After a serious crime takes place and the investigation is completed, a CTS Decon Technician must come in to clean it all up. CTS Decon stands for “crime and trauma scene decontamination”. A CTS Decon Technician has to get down and dirty with biohazards like splattered blood and such human remains as brain tissue, as well as dangerous chemicals from places such as meth labs.

12. Oil Workers

Extreme Heights, freezing temperatures, fires and oil rig explosions, top the list of dangers facing an oil rig worker on a daily basis.

11. Electricians

One of the most dangerous and life threatening jobs is the work of an electrician. Exposure to live electricity wires can be very hazardous. Electricians need to work on circuit assemblies, overhead electricity wires, and cable harnesses. There is the danger of severe injury and in some cases death due to electrocution, heights, fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shocks and even explosions in some cases.

10. Transmission tower worker

Working on high altitude transmission towers, sometimes many hundreds of feet in the air. Most of the time workers free climb up the towers so one wrong move could be fatal, this is not for the faint of heart.

9. Cryonics Technician


Only a small number of people are working as Cryonics Technicians today, but that doesn’t make the job any less creepy. Cryonics involves attempting to preserve people who are legally dead at very low temperatures, so that they can be revived in the future with medical advancements. Preserving dead bodies in freezing temperatures all day makes being a Cryonics Technician’s a very scary profession.

8. Miner


Miners spend long hours underground, confined to small spaces and working in extreme darkness. It is a very dangerous and scary job and comes with very big risks.

7. Construction worker


Construction workers face dangers such as falls, electrocution, frequent exposure to loud noise, breathing in hazardous substances that damage their lungs…

6. Field Epidemiologist


Field Epidemiologists, are employed by organizations to go into “Hot Zones” and prevent outbreaks of a deadly disease turning into full-on pandemics. They are protected by little more than a hazmat suit. Field Epidemiologists get up close and personal with germs, blood, needles and dead bodies on a daily basis, not to mention the risk of contracting a deadly disease themselves.

5. Roofer


Working at heights, sometimes in slippery conditions, they face the danger of falling, receiving burns from hot bitumen and sustaining injuries from their equipment.

4. Stunt Pilot


Living a life of death defying stunts can bring extreme excitement but can also carry extreme dangers. The work of a stunt pilot requires amazing skills, concentration and nerve – one wrong move in a stunt could end the life of the pilot and spectators.

3. Construction Equipment Operator


The main dangers and threats to these operators are collision with other vehicles, loss of limbs and crushing from heavy machinery.

2. Truck Driver


Around 54,000 road accidents involving professional drivers take place on British roads every year – which is around 250 a day. Drivers are exposed to bad weather conditions and can suffer from sleep deprivation which may result in collisions.

1. Vertical Window Cleaners


These window cleaners risk life and limb keeping the world’s tallest buildings sparkling and clean all year round. These cleaners hang from ropes many hundreds of feet in the air to clean the outside of some of the world’s tallest buildings, one wrong move could be fatal.

Think you have the skill, nerve and determination to work in one of the most dangerous professions in the world? Then take a look at


Biggest Airplane in the world 2015

* This list is based on length, height, wing area and wingspan.


10. AIRBUS A300-600F

Biggest Airplane in the World 2015

AIRBUS A300-600F

  • Length: 56.15 m
  • Wingspan: 44.84 m
  • Wing Area: 258.80 m²
  • Height: 17.24 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 375,900 pounds



Biggest Airplane in the World 2015


  • Length: 56.15 m
  • Wingspan: 44.84 m
  • Wing Area: 258.80 m²
  • Height: 17.24 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 341,713 pounds


8. ILYUSHIN I1-76TD-90 

Biggest Airplane in the World 2015


  • Length: 46.59 m
  • Wingspan: 50.05 m
  • Wing Area: 300 m²
  • Height: 14.76 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 429,975 pounds



Biggest Airplane in the World 2015


  • Length: 57.9 m
  • Wingspan: 64.40 m
  • Wing Area: 345 m²
  • Height: 12.53 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 551,160 pounds



Biggest Airplane in the World 2015


  • Length: 63.939 m
  • Wingspan: 60.11 m
  • Wing Area: 350 m²
  • Height: 15.7 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 594,713 pounds



Biggest Airplane in the World 2015


  • Length: 61.62 m
  • Wingspan: 51.66 m
  • Wing Area: 338.9 m²
  • Height: 17.60 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 630,500 pounds



Biggest Airplane in the World 2015


  • Length: 71.68 m
  • Wingspan: 64.4 m
  • Wing Area: 541 m²
  • Height: 21.54 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 803,001 pounds



Biggest Airplane in the World 2015


  • Length: 68.96 m
  • Wingspan: 73.3 m
  • Wing Area: 628 m²
  • Height: 20.78 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 893,000 pounds


2. AIRBUS A380-800F

Biggest Airplane in the World 2015

AIRBUS A380-800F

  • Length: 72.73 m
  • Wingspan: 79.75 m
  • Wing Area: 845 m²
  • Height: 24.45 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1,300,000 pounds



Biggest Airplane in the World 2015


  • Length: 84 m
  • Wingspan: 88.4 m
  • Wing Area: 905 m²
  • Height: 18.1 m
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1,410,958 pounds




First People Solutions Apprenticeship Week

Come speak to us and find out all about our apprenticeship programme:

Monday 18th May                             Glasgow Kelvin College, Springburn Campus

Tuesday 19th May                             Glasgow Clyde College, Langside Campus

Wednesday 20th May                     Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus

Thursday 21st May                           Glasgow Clyde College, Anniesland Campus

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Flying Solo with Ryanair for Aviation Jobs

shutterstock_140197492First People Aviation is now the sole suppliers for contract aviation jobs with Ryanair in the UK and Europe. First People Aviation has been prominent in the aviation jobs sector for 7 years now with John Scott at the “nose”. The aviation recruitment experts have steered their way through the highs and lows that have affected aviation jobs in recent years, continuing to prosper and provide the highest quality of service in aviation job search and selection. John Scott commented “We are delighted to be held in such high regard by Ryanair. They are a fantastic company to recruit for in the aviation jobs sector and we are focused on continuing to supply the highest quality of aviation candidates to them, and aviation jobs to our candidates via Ryanair.”

Aircraft Mechanics – not standing still at Stansted

fps_aviationFirst People Aviation held a highly successful open day for Ryanair at Stansted airport on the 2nd of July. Senior Consultant Kelly Rossi commented “Open days are a great opportunity for aircraft mechanics to establish new contracts. We have contracts in a variety of aircraft mechanic roles, particularly B1 licensed engineers, and our open days provide a flexible opportunity for aircraft mechanics to attend, at any given time of day. Due to the flexible nature of aircraft mechanic contracts this has been an ideal recruitment method and we hope to hold another open day very soon. In the meantime we continue to recruit consistently for Ryanair and would love to hear from any aircraft mechanics, including B1 licensed guys, out there”. For more information please contact us.

FPS WIN at Scottish Recruitment Awards 2010

2010 year saw the 4th annual Scottish Recruitment Awards take place at Glasgow’s prestigious Hilton Hotel on Thursday 10th June. With 5 finalists nominated across 4 categories, First People Solutions were delighted to take away the award for Individual Volume Specialist (Kelly Rossi, Aviation) and receive special commendation for Individual Recruitment Consultant (Scott Wilson, Construction) – both pictured above.

Managing Director, John Scott commented, “To see one of our consultants walk away with recognition this year is an extremely special achievement, but two is more than we could have wished for. Both Kelly and Scott are deserving winners, who give total commitment to their clients, candidates and their careers at First People Solutions. We are extremely proud of them. The past year has been incredibly exciting for our company with a significant change in structure as part of the FPSG group of companies. This recognition is testimony to the vision and commitment that our people possess, being able to see the business and career opportunities that exist for them as members of the FPS team. Our other finalists narrowly missed out this year, but a huge well done to them also on achieving their place within the Scottish top 3 in their specialist area. We are all extremely excited about the coming year and have our sights set on the 2011 awards. “

The First People Solutions Scottish Recruitment Award 2010 finalists:

Individual Volume Specialist – Kelly Rossi (WINNER)

Individual Recruitment Consultant – Scott Wilson (Special commendation)

Recruitment Team of the Year – Aviation

Newcomer of the Year – David Anderson

Volume Specialist of the Year – Stevie Kane

The Scottish Recruitment Awards were created by Scottish Business Insider to recognise the industry’s top talent and showcase the outstanding achievements of recruitment companies across Scotland. For more information on the awards please visit –

Be a B1 for Boeing

shutterstock_150647810First People Aviation is one of the most prominent suppliers of Boeing 737-NG contracted B1 aircraft mechanical staff in Europe. B1 aircraft mechanical contractors are essential to our air travel. By maintaining aircraft to the highest standards (set by the aviation approvals board), B1 mechanics provide our world with essential skills that make safe global travel and trade possible. They are the vital behind-the-scenes hero’s of aircraft mechanics. If you possess B1 aircraft mechanical qualifications and are looking for an opportunity to be one of the worlds best B1 teams, please contact us for more information.