Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Now, enter new flying machine in electioneering

With the dates for Bihar assembly elections inching closer, private helicopter firms are having a gala time. Politicians and political parties are on a chopper-hiring spree for their election campaign. This year, some of them may use paramotors for the first time in Bihar for dropping pamphlets and campaign materials from the air in quick time.

Aviation experts claim the number of helicopters that can be seen at the Patna airport during the peak campaigning period over the next few weeks can be anywhere between 15 and 20. Political parties are spending huge amount on hiring choppers.

Atom Aviation Services Pvt Ltd, a Delhi-based company, is going to introduce new machinery for speedy election campaign. Captain Ankit Gupta, the company CEO, said the two-sitter paramotor is a kind of glider which could be booked for an event per day. "This is the first time when a paramotor is going to be used for poll campaign in Bihar. We have one paramotor. Talks with a national political party are on to ink a contract. The paramotor could be hired at Rs 1.2 lakh per event. A paramotor can be used for dropping of pamphlets and other campaign materials. However, the booking is usually done for 10-15 days," Gupta said.
16/09/15 Sayantanee Choudhury/Times of India
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