Grand finale awaits Aero-India

Bangalore: Russian Knights and Flying Bulls aerobatic teams will conquer the Aero-India skies at Yelahanka for the last time on Sunday. The desi Sarang helicopters will soar yet again, and the gigantic C-17 Globemaster will take off for that final hurray, as curtains are all set to be drawn on the biggest airshow in this ...

Crowds brave hot sun to catch magic in the sky

The first day of the five-day Aero India show for the public drew a strong crowd with over 40,000 people visiting the Yelahanka Air Force Station on Saturday, braving the blazing sun and traffic congestion on Bellary Road to reach the venue. Long queues greeted visitors at the Air Force Station and they had wait ...

Floored by the guts and glory

There are a sizeable number of foreign delegates and tourists at the ongoing ‘Aero India 2013’, most of whom call it a landmark event. Some of the stunts in the skies, they say, have left them speechless. Metrolife caught up with a few foreigners, who have been braving the extreme heat to watch their favourite ...

Bangalore’s tractor mechanic’s flying marvel

Even as pilots from all over the world showcased their aerobatic skills, it was the proficiency of a tractor mechanic that stood out on day four of the Aero India 2013. Pradip S Mohite, 28, a tractor mechanic by profession, from Sangli district, Maharashtra, has developed a helicopter using automobile components. A class IX dropout, ...

Thousands flock to Bangalore air show

Thousands Saturday flocked to the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Yelahanka on the outskirts of Bangalore to watch in awe metal birds fly and perform breathtaking aerobatics. Opening up the biennial air show to the public on the fourth day brought frenzied weekend crowds to see a spectacular flying display by fighter jets, choppers ...

Biz jet makers woo India’s wealthiest at Aero India 2013

The global economic slowdown might have put the brakes on the sale of expensive executive jets, but leading luxury aircraft makers are hopeful India and China will pull them out of the painful recession. Riding on the expectations, aircraft makers from Brazil’s Embraer to France’s Dassault Aviation have lined up their plush flying machines at ...

On Day 2, families came in droves

If the inaugural day of the ninth edition of Aero India 2013 was a lacklustre affair, Day Two turned the tables totally. Belieing the first day’s impression that the Aero India, after nine avataars, has reached its fatigue factor, was the full flow of families that thronged the exhibition site. Dressed in their sartorial best, ...

For these women, no limits in the sky

It’s an open sky, and Sujata Tiwari is constantly pushing the limits. Ask her how it feels to pierce through the air as a pilot , or train cadets to become future military forces, and she will tell you how to give shape to your dreams. Wing Commander Sujata Tiwari has many firsts on her ...

Souvenir hunters throng stalls

Souvenirs and mementos form special part of one’s life. To reminiscence, recollect happy memories, go misty-eyed, and when meeting happens share those with others through these memorabilia. Cashing in on this innate desire among souvenirs and memento hunters was HAL Families’ Welfare Association at Aero India 2013. Manned by a pleasant quartet of four charming ...

Biggest air show, but just a lukewarm affair?

New Delhi: The ninth edition of the country’s premier airshow, Aero India 2013, is likely to be a lukewarm affair despite being expected to be the biggest so far. The star attraction, this time is the five-aircraft formation of Russian Air Force’s Russian Knight’s Sukhoi Su-27 UB fighters which are scheduled to come to India ...