Over the last few days much has been written about India Aviation 2010. Not only has the mega event garnered ample publicity but, much to the envy of other metros, ensured that the city was the centre of attraction having hosted the first international exhibition of its kind in the country for the second consecutive year.
But when common people came calling to the sprawling Begumpet airport on Saturday and Sunday, they were swept not with excitement but disappointment.
Many like M. Sudhakar, a software engineer and aircraft enthusiast thronged the venue seeking to see some of the best aircraft in the world but all they got to see were a “few” flying machines “we see everyday at airports.” An imposing Airbus was the lone aircraft that commanded a second glance. Visitors had to remain contented with the smaller private jets and few helicopters on display . Even the numbers of aircraft on the tarmac were dismal. The crowds were moderate in contrast with the pandemonium witnessed last year. If there was anyone beaming, it was the children who were visibly excited seeing the flying machines live. For many, digital cameras and mobile phones came handy to shoot pictures.
A cute Ukrainian CTLS light sport aircraft with its tiny body and eye-catching design and a few choppers such as Augusta Westland , Bell Helicopter and French-built Indocopter EC-120B were the saving graces.