Aero India is an exhibition and air show that is related to aviation products and takes place in Bengaluru, India. The authority that manages this show is the Defence Exhibition Organization, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India. The venue for this event is Yelakhankha Air Force station. This event is enormous as various defense agencies in India participate including the Union Civil Aviation Ministry, Department of Space, Defence Research and Development Organization, Indian Air Force, and Defense Ministry of India. Moreover, many international aircraft manufacturing companies also take part in this show. Through this post, you will get to know the complete details of the Aero India 2023 show.
About Aero India Show and Event
Basically, it is an air and exhibition show that is organized at Yelakhanka Air Force Station, Benagluru. It is known to be one of the huge air shows in India. Meanwhile, it is one of the biggest opportunities for aviation manufacturing companies to showcase their aviation products to potential buyers. Thousands of people around the world come to watch this show. Products designed by various countries such as Russia, Sweden, France, Israel, India, US, etc are shown in this air show.
- Business Tickets: INR 2500/- for Indian Nationals and for foreign Nationals it is USD 20.
- Air Display Visual Area (ADVA) Tickets: For Indian Nationals, the price is INR 500/- and USD 20 for foreign Nationals.
Major Accidents and Mishaps
Fortunately, there are not many accidents that took place in the air show. However a few accidents and mishaps that took place are provided below:
- In 2007, during the rehearsal of the air show, one Sarang helicopter was crashed that lead to the death of its co-pilot.
- In the year 2019, during the 12th edition of the air show, two Surya Kiran aircraft were conflicted resulting in the crash and killing of the pilot in the event.
Aero India 2023 Editions
- 1st Edition 1996: The 1st Edition of Aero India took place in the year 1996. After this edition, the event got recognition sequentially. The participation was modest in this event.
- 2nd Edition 1998: 2nd Edition was held in Yelakhanka Air Base and Defence Minister George Fernandes inaugurated this event. Aircrafts such as Sukhoi Su- 30, Mirage 2000, Hawk 200, HAL Kiran, Jaguar, and Mig- 23 participated in the show.
- 3rd Edition 2000: It was started on 1st February 2001.
- 4th Edition 2003: 4th Edition was a huge one as 176 companies from more than 22 countries took part in this show.
- 5th Edition 2005: More than 2.5 lakh people around the globe enjoyed the show during the 5th edition. Aircrafts such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJTs), Advanced light helicopters, Light Combat Aircraft, Fighters were displayed.
- 6th Edition 2007: The 6th edition took place from 7th February 2007 to 11th February 2007. This was termed as one of the best air shows ever in India as it included the participants of the MRCA contract i.e. Dassault Rafale, SAAB Gripen, Mig 35, Boeing F/A- 18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed- Martin F-16, etc.
- 7th Edition 2009: In year 2009, the 7th edition began on 11th February. This edition included flight display from fighter jets like Hawk, Dhruv, IJT, Eurofighter, etc.
- 8th Edition 2011: It was held on 9th February 2011. During this edition, LCA Tejas flew information for the first time in front of the general public. This was the main highlight of 8th Edition.
- 9th Edition 2013: It was conducted on 6th February 2013. The major attraction of this edition was aircrafts such as Hal Light Combat Helicopter, HAL Tejas, HAL Rudra, Globe Master III, etc.
- 10th Edition 2015: The 10th Edition of the air India show started on 18th February. The show’s main highlight was the Make in India theme campaign lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- 11th Edition 2017: This edition of Air India Show was very successful. Approx 549 companies including 270 Indian Companies and 279 foreign companies participated in this show. 72 aircrafts were also included in the participation.
- 12th Edition 2019: It took place on 20th February 2019 and was flagged off by then-defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman. During this event, two Surya Kiran Aircraft collided.
- 13th Edition 2021: It began on 3rd February 2021. For the first time, Dassault Rafale Aircraft was displayed to the general public. Another major highlight of the 13th Edition was the fly-past of Rockwell B- 1 lancer nuclear bomber from the U.S Air force that came from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.
Aero India 2023 Schedule
Aero India 2023 will tentatively be held in the first week of February 2023. Check the expected events below:
- 1st day: Inauguration ceremony of Aero India, Seminars, Flying display, Chief’s of Air staff conclave, etc.
- 2nd day: Chief’s of Air staff conclave session 2, flying display, seminars, etc.
- 3rd day: Startup Manthan, Seminars, flying display, etc.