The confusing thing about FIA Public Days is that the 'Great & Good' don't belong to Forums & rely on years-past experience or lavish modern advertising to make their attendance commitment. Most will have no idea about just how untenable Farnborough is as an 'Air-show' venue, or that the more interesting items from the Trade show will have left already!
On the Sunday of the last FIA the 'Reds' flew past with the A400 Atlas, if I had a Pound for everybody that asked when they were coming back to display I could buy Day Tickets for us all ?? (maybe instead of doing Community Service?)
When I said they were halfway back to Scampton & the reason why, both Kids & Parents went into meltdown! It suddenly dawned on them that a major-league fleecing had occurred, but only a few actually burst a blood vessel once they knew the Full Monty was still available for a nominal outlay at Eastbourne or Bournemouth.
If FIA treat their Public in that way, then the days of the 'Weekend for the Great Unwashed' is surely over & rightly so!....but just possibly that's the Business Plan in essence?