Sunday, March 20, 2016

Heat no deterrent at aviation show

Hyderabad: From excitedly clicking selfies against the backdrop of aeroplanes on display to indulging in heated discussions, visitors to the India Aviation 2016 - thrown open to the public on Saturday - were a visibly enthusiastic lot despite the soaring temperatures. Organizers of the event confirmed that this year's show managed to attract roughly 20,000 visitors, almost double of what was recorded at the previous edition.
Even the fact that only 10-11 aeroplanes of the original fleet of 29 were found at the venue and tall barricades separated them from the crowd didn't seem to bring down the visitors' level of interest. "Since it is my first time at the air show, it was a one-of-a-kind experience. It's not often that I get to spend a day at the airport and see so many aeroplanes at close proximity. The tickets, which come for Rs 300, are also nominally priced," said Aniruddh Raju, an accountant in a private firm, who brought his 11-year-old son for the show.
The 15-minute aerobatic display, which was held once in the morning and then in the afternoon, by the UK-based aerobatic team led by Mark Jefferies emerged as the crowd favourite. "The aerobatic display was a spectacular sight. It is one of the few things that people of all ages can enjoy," said Vijayalaxmi J, who is currently preparing for her bank recruitment tests. She, in fact, stayed at the venue until 3 pm to catch the second bout of the aerobatic display.
20/03/16 Times of India

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