Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Waiting to conquer the skies

There’s excitement in the air. The Aero Show 2011 is just a few hours away and people have been eagerly scanning papers for details. Aviation enthusiasts have been waiting with bated breath to watch their favourite aircraft soar the skies.
Participation in this year’s air show has shot up and the best of the aviation entrepreneurs from across the world are descending in the City for the air show.
About 70 participants and more than three lakh people are expected to arrive to watch the grand spectacle in the skies. In addition to top business tycoons, actors like John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor and Juhi Chawla will add that tinge of glamour and excitement to the show.
Metrolife spoke to the organisers and the people who are all set to go to the air show. They say they booked the tickets two months in advance to make sure they don’t lose out.
The entire air show is set in an area of 75,000 sqm. There will be five permanent halls and seven temporary halls. There will be 675 exhibitors, of which 380 will be overseas and 295 will be domestic. Aircraft manufacturers from about 20 countries, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Russia, Israel, Brazil, Ukraine and the Netherlands, will participate.
“The Aero India will have aerobatic shows by the Surya Kiran and Sarang teams of the Indian Air Force. There will also be manoeuvres and aerobatics from MiG-35, MiG-29, Globemaster C-13, Boeing P-8I, Russian SU-30 aircraft, Jaguar aircrafts,” explains the official. A surprise addition to this year’s show will be the Flying Bulls team from Austria who will enthrall the public with their aerobatic skills.
08/02/11 Nina C George/Deccan Herald
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