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, ...

Honeywell’s biggest aerospace unit in India

Honeywell’s aerospace engineering strength in India is the highest in its worldwide operations, the $37-billion company’s president for global high growth regions Shane Tedjarati told TOI. “We have 3,000 people here in aerospace. What I find even more fascinating is that 150 of our 2,000 flight control engineers are in India. Flight control engineering is ...

IRKUT Makes a Case for YAK 130 Trainers for India at Aero India 2013

Russian aircraft manufacturer IRKUT has made a case for the Yak-130 advanced combat trainer to be a part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet. The aircraft which has been inducted into the Russian Air Force to offer both basic and advanced jet training for fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft is considered a good ...

India’s only ‘civilian’ medical evacuation copter

For all that talk about taking the nascent civilian helicopter market in India to soaring heights, here’s a piece of stark ground reality: There is only one “civilian” medical evacuation helicopter in the entire country! An Augusta Westland chopper, run by a private operator in Delhi, to be precise. You couldn’t expect more in a ...

After losing deal to Rafale, US makes low-key presence with F16

After losing the deal for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft to French company Dassault’s Rafale, US presence at the Aero India 2013 in Bangalore has been quite low key. Its marquee F16, piloted by Chris Nations, flew just once and was later part of the static display at the Aero India. “At all air shows ...

LCA simulator ready

For visitors wanting an up-close, personal hands-on feel of the country’s LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) that dazzles the sky, there awaits the simulator, on ground, to provide them that enthralling experience. Aero India 2013 has three simulators set up by Russia, France and India; two though will be closed for the general public. The only ...

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 ...

Hercules is indeed super

Bangalore: Two years after it made a grand public entry at Aero India, special operations aircraft C-130 J Super Hercules has come a long way, proving its worth during the earthquake that ravaged Sikkim in late 2011. The special operations squadron at Hindon, near Delhi, has six aircraft, with an additional six in line for ...

Russia buys HAL-made radar computers

Russia’s Irkut Corporation has confirmed a contract to buy 34 sets each of the flight-critical radar computer I and II made by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., a statement said. The contract, firmed up during the ongoing Aero India 2013, is worth Rs. 65 crore and the radars will be delivered from January 2014 onwards from HAL’s ...

Airbus pushing aggressively for more contracts

Bangalore: Big players want to cash in at the Aero India 2013 as the weekend saw huge turnout at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on Saturday. Leading the pack is Airbus which wants to sell its C295 military transport aircraft to India. The C-295 is a twin-engined Spanish-built tactical transport aircraft designed to ...