Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Aero India 2021: Plane carnival in Bengaluru amid pandemic

Bengaluru: Aircraft participating in Aero India 2021 are scheduled to start arriving Wednesday onwards and will begin rehearsals after January 29, the day a mandatory main briefing for all flying display pilots will be conducted, as per the manual.

“It is compulsory for all aircrew participating in the displays and customer demonstration flights to attend the briefing at 4pm on January 29. Failure to attend daily briefings shall disqualify the participants for the day,” the airshow’s flying manual reads.

Scheduled between February 3 and 5, this edition of the show has been reduced to a three-day event (from five days) owing to the pandemic with restrictions on the number of participants, as reported by TOI earlier.

According to the official schedule, as of January 26, there will be only five flying display slots during this edition, which is only 50% of the usual (10) slots. Usually, each day would have two displays, but this year, the last day has only one slot scheduled. As per the manual, practice for flying displays and customer demonstration flights will commence on January 30, and flights to demonstrate aircraft to potential customers and media, and for publicity and other purposes will operate on each of the exhibition days.

A full rehearsal is scheduled for February 2 — the day before the inaugural as usual — while practice flying will happen between January 30 and February 1. Familiarisation and customer demonstration flight practice is expected to be held between 10am and 4.30pm on these days.

On show days, flying displays are planned as follows — on day 1, the first will be between 10.15am and 11.15am and the second slot is scheduled from 3pm-5pm. The second day will see two two-hour slots, 10am to 12pm and 3pm to 5pm and the third day will have one slot between 10am and noon.

27/01/21 Times of India

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