Friday, February 09, 2007

Bangalore: It’s not just the airfares that are getting cheaper. With a price tag of as low as Rs 10 lakh, now even owning an aircraft is not a very expensive proposition.
And with the aspiration of Indians flying high, it is such lifestyle products that they are seeking. That is what Germany’s light aircraft marker Ikarus found out at the Aero India show. It’s microlight aircraft C42B, priced at Rs 25 lakh (ex-Germany), which was demonstrated, received a flood of inquiries from CEOs, VPs and pilots.
Promoter of Bangalore-based light aircraft producer Albatross Flying System Javed Hassan says such a trend is on the rise.
But owning an aircraft is not a simple affair. It needs maintenance, parking bays and a microlite pilot license (MPL) to fly it. You also need to get clearances from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which takes over a month.
And what is the cost of running them? Hemangi Aviation and Tourism Services Limited COO Vibhooti Singh Deora says with an average mileage of 10 litres (ATF) per hour, it is more economical than some of the cars.
08/02/07 Praveena Sharma/Daily News & Analysis

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Bangalore, India and Hallbergmoos, Germany: After a successful 2006, the Eurofighter partnership starts the new year with a strong presence at this year's Aero India in Bangalore.
The Eurofighter consortium and the EUROJET engine consortium present the programme to the Indian military and aerospace leadership as well as the public for the first time.
The capabilities of Eurofighter Typhoon can be assessed by professional visitors at the Eurofighter stand in Hall C, Stand C4,6 by flying the unique Cockpit Demonstrator with air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities fully integrated.
Additional features on display at the Eurofighter stand include the EJ200 engine and the electronic scanning antenna developed by the Euroradar consortium, which is soon to be flown on a Eurofighter Typhoon Development Aircraft in Germany.
A press briefing with senior customer and industry officials is scheduled for 7 February at 1400 in Hall 1 of the press centre on show site.
26/01/07 Antara (press release), Indonesia

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