Ending the confusion over the venue of Aero India 2013, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to continue organising the country’s premier aeronautical show in Bangalore. Marking the beginning of preparations for the much-awaited global event, the MoD, according to sources, has directed the Indian Air Force (IAF) to make arrangements at its Yelahanka Air Force Station to host the show. The 2013 edition of Aero India, scheduled to be held between February 6 and 10, was mired in controversy following rumours of the Union government’s decision to shift the event out of Bangalore. Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, a commanding officer of one of the squadrons, said, “We have got an official communication from HQ about the show. Major obstacles like disturbance of civilian air traffic, airspace management and other aspects have been resolved by the MoD. We have been asked to make due arrangements to accommodate the aircraft that will land in Yelahanka.” Asked whether the show would affect their operational exercises, one of the pilots explained, “Even though the event does come on the way of our exercises, we will streamline our schedule for a few days. If inevitable, we will carry out important exercises from other nearby bases.” According to sources in the MoD, the registration process for AeroIndia 2013 has begun. Ever since the nation began to host the air show in 1994, the premier defence show has made Bangalore a major destination for aerospace companies to showcase their technology, inventions and R&D activities.
Source: Bangalore Mirror