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Updated: March 11, 2014 21:55 IST

UK pilots’ flying manoeuvres on display

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Two ace air display pilots made their planes to spin, tumble, roll and emit puffs of smoke in a synchronised off-and-on pattern during a stunning aerobatics show in the skies over the Begumpet airport on Monday, ahead of the Indian Aviation Show, beginning here from March 12.

The UK-based pilots - Mark Jefferies and Tom Cassells flew Extra330 CS and Extra300L aerobatic aircraft during a demonstration watched by media personnel, officials from civil aviation ministers and others associated with the five-day air show.

The aerobatics display would be performed twice daily by them on all days between 11 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.

In a chat with reporters later, Mr. Mark said this was the first time they used the synchronised smoke systems of the two aircraft.

“I am very pleased and proud of that,” he added. During the display in the coming days, they would use the system to make different patterns with the smoke including a heart shape.

Both the pilots said the conditions were hotter here unlike in UK and the altitude was higher. The heat and flying at a higher altitude would impact on the performance of the engine. Although a bit difficult, they have flown in higher temperatures and altitudes earlier too.

“We have to watch out for birds here,” Mr. Mark said. The most difficult part was to look at the ground to see where the crowd was while rolling very fast, he added.


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