My take on AeroIndia2007…

AeroIndia2007, the much awaited show, Asia’s biggest, Many attractions…etc etc.. Bangalore excited…!!

Yelahanka road blocked with 1.5 lack visitors…they cheered for every flight …why not!! Visitors came from all directions and even from remotest corners of the state…the parking was full and our usual estimates failed to accommodate the enthusiasm of the crowd!!

Question > how many were able to enjoy this spectacle comfortably…I am sure very few!! Some thing’s that could have been done differently…

Improved website oriented for general information for viewers, which could have given an exact timetable of air-shows, parking arrangements for all visitors and total capacity planned, food and drink facilities, recommendations to facilitate the events making them less suffering.. the site was only focusing on ‘business Visitors’

Visible Air-Shows above the city > Bring the air shows near the city to help enjoy viewers see them from their house terrace…after all it’s not a museum where they should be visiting the airbase…the acrobatics can be dangerous thus close HAL airport for few hours, like when we close it for VVIP landings and have these shows there.

Photographs > use the photos from each flight / display in news papers and website to help children who could not enjoy the show due to distance or exams could have enjoyed it passively with lot of information, lot of photographers have put up the images on the web but without information about the aircrafts and thus though exciting was not comprehensive. No effort was seen from Aviation Ministry to make this show reach the minds of the children, focus should have been in all directions and not only towards the business visitors.

Helpful terms > Ironically for general viewers cameras were not allowed and for business viewers ‘Camera’s were allowed but children were not. Thus an enthusiast like me who love to carry camera and the child to this show was caught in “Catch 22” situation.

Disclaimer > these are my views and expectations and should not be taken adversely to the spirit of organizing Aero-India and does not attempt to downsize the efforts. I salute the participation, enthusiasm in which the show was conducted and to it’s safety and success…

5 Comments so far

  1. rubic_cube (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    Nice observations. The camera thing irked me a lot. I dropped off at the last moment due to a leg injury. Hopefully someone from IAF will take note of these observations and do something next time in 2009.

  2. sandip (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 8:30 am

    good suggestions… But,Hmm….”Bring the air shows near the city”!! How? Choke the city center with traffic? Close HAL for a week? I guess you havent given a thought there!!

  3. Rajesh (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 8:34 am

    Sandip, Airshows happen in air, over the city not on the roads..
    The timings are one-two hours thus the same can happen over the city airport and lot many can enjoy them. Bangalore airspace is closed when a dignitory such as president of our nation otr other nations flyin or out…thus not a new thing to understand.

  4. sandip (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

    Oh..Airshows happen in air!! Then why you complain about 1.5 lakh people blocking yalahanka road. Imagine that kind of crowd in HAL airport crowd. blocking not just one road.. but all around!! Thats why we are asking political and other meetings to move outside city! And HAL airport is city center now.

  5. sid (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm


    I visited the airshow on Saturday. I have to say that I was very pleased with the overall arrangement (i went there expecting chaos ) . I think 50,000 ppl attended from what I could gather. Parking was a pleasure and spots were well identified and there was still space to park. There was a line to buy the tickets and when I talked to an airforce officer about it, he was on his cellphone trying to get more folks to man the counter. There were chairs for everyone and I bet everyone had a good time. And yes camera’s were permitted and many were taking pictures. The traffic on the way out was a bit bad due to alternate roads. Overall a nice well managed show !

    Now I think Sunday was a different story but then when a show is designed for 50,000 and 150,000 show up there is not much you can do. May be they need to do airshows more often so everyone in the city doesnt go to watch a show that comes once in 2 years !

    I have been to airshows in San Francisco where its held in the City over the bay. Parking was impossible (I watched half the show from my car looking for parking) and it took me 3 hrs to get outside the city limits.


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