This Article is From Mar 10, 2012

India Aviation expo to start in Hyderabad from March 14

India Aviation expo to start in Hyderabad from March 14
Hyderabad: If it was Airbus's jumbo A-380 in2008, Boeing's 'Dreamliner' 787-8 aircraft would be thecynosure of all eyes when it touches down in India for thefirst time for India Aviation-2012 expo, beginning here onMarch 14, in the centenary year of civil aviation in India.

"The primary objective of the event is to attractinvestments in the aerospace sectors in the country in generaland AP in particular," FICCI Regional Director (trade fairs)Vivek Kodikal said.

While India is the host, UK will be the partner country,France the focus country and the US "guest country", he said.

Andhra Pradesh would be the host state, Maharashtra thepartner state and Karnataka the focus state at the event.

The Dreamliner, which would be inducted into Air Indiafleet soon, would be on display for three days at the biennialaero show at the Begumpet Airport here.

Sukhoi's Superjet 100 aircraft, Airbus' A-318 andEmbraer's business jets Phenom 300 and 100 would be the otherattractions at the third edition of the InternationalExhibition and Conference on Civil Aviation, jointly organisedby the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and Federation ofIndian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will showcase its LightUtility Helicopter (LUH) that is currently in the developmentstage. Powered by a single engine, the LUH is to be deployedfor Reconnaissance and Surveillance role.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh will inauguratethe five-day event in the presence of Chief Minister N KiranKumar Reddy. Singh will release a postal stamp and acoffee-table book on civil aviation too.

In all, 22 aircraft will be on static display, with 21airline companies from across the globe will be participating.The beleaguered Kingfisher, which was one of the main sponsorsof India Aviation in the previous two editions, would bemissing this time.

The show would be open to business visitors for the firstthree days, and to common people on 17th and 18th.

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"I would like to thank our team captain Vikrant forgiving me a lot of invaluable advice and also our teamsponsors Navratna for their constant support," said Vinod, whowon his maiden professional title last year.