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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Plane Carnival promises to be bigger and better this time


By Anantha Krishnan M

It is that time of the year in the Garden City when the traffic over the skies normally beats the one beneath. That season when winter hands over the baton to its summer sibling. And, it’s the time when the scent of ATF engulfs the city, reminding one of its deep history of ‘things with wings.’
Preparations for Aero India 2019 have reached the last lap at Air Force Station Yelahanka, which is around 16 km from the heart of Bengaluru City. 
The 12th edition of ‘Plane Carnival’ is set to take off on February 20, painting the skyline over Bengaluru with snazzy machines of different shapes, sizes and capabilities. 
This year’s show is key to the NDA government, for it will give it a platform to submit its report card on Make in India in Defence ahead of the 2019 elections. 
For Indian Air Force (IAF), it is yet another opportunity to showcase its ability to host a show of such magnitude sans any skirmishes. 
For Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), now caught up in financial instabilities, the show is a golden opportunity to remind the aviation fraternity that they cannot be written off any time in the near future.  For the Karnataka government, the show will be a testimony to the fact that the city is tailor-made for Aero India, offering everything that such a massive event demands. 
For AFS Yelahanka, yet again an occasion to showcase its might probably as the only plug-and-play base in India, with specific infrastructure in place, built exclusively for the air show over the years. And, for the plane devotees, it’s carnival time once again, something they look forward to once every other February. Read full report, here: https://bit.ly/2Beezt8

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