Aero India 2017 comes to a close

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bangalore: Curtains came down on the Aero India – 2017 at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru today. Having evolved over the years, the 11th edition of the event went through smoothly without a glitch drawing unprecedented crowds that bear testimony to the premier Air Show of Asia having come of age.
The highlights of this year’s show have been:

• Participation from 270 Indian Companies and 279 foreign companies. That is a total of 549 companies.
• The gross area grew from 2,50,000 Sq Mtrs last time to 2,60,000 Sq Mtrs in this edition.
• A total of 72 aircraft participated in the show.
• Several seminars were conducted by State Governments.

The first three days at the show, earmarked exclusively for business visitors saw a foot fall of approximately 1.5 lakh. The air show saw a lot of activity from business point of view and witnessed several round table meets. The show was a success.

The push that the show gives to the ‘Make in India’ campaign of the Government of India by virtue of its sheer magnitude and presence of stake holders from across the globe cannot be over emphasized.

The awe-inspiring manoeuvres by various types of aircraft and formations enthralled the audience – young and old alike, every single day. The flying displays went smoothly with immaculate precision painting a colourful aerial symphony in the clear Bengaluru skies twice every day. The last two days at the event saw an unprecedented foot fall of approximately four lakh people swarming in to the venue to catch a glimpse of their heroes in their magnificent flying machines.

Posing in front of the Grumman G-164 A of the Scandinavian team and the Yak-50 of the Yakovlev team, stunt pilots of the Surya Kiran Aerobatic team (SKAT), the Yakovlevs and the Scandinavian along with their three ‘skycats’ provided for a visual treat. The SKAT pilots, led by Wg Cdr Ajit Kulkarni, looked resplendent in their red flying overalls. The Scandinvan leader Jacob Hollander’s flying suit matched the colour of his flying machine while the skycats placed themselves atop the yellow and blue airplane for photographs. The Yakovlev pilots, led by Jez, in their black flying suits gave a very professional look. After the ‘photo session’ the SKAT daredevils met up with the spectators to shake hands and distribute memorabilia.