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New initiatives at Aero India 2009 to help business to grow Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Bangalore : The 7th edition of Aero India 2009 is breaking path in many areas. The facilitation of business-to-business (B2B) meetings between aviation industries aided by special software has evinced keen interest. More than 300 online registrations will make the interaction between business houses faster and quicker. Secretary, Defence Production, Shri Pradeep Kumar disclosed this on the eve of the opening ceremony of Aero India 2009. Defence Minister Shri AK Antony will inaugurate the show on Wednesday that will include spectacular display of various flying machines from across the globe.

Aimed at involving youth participation in aerospace engineering, students from IIT Mumbai, Kanpur, Chennai and Vellore Institute of Technology will actively participate and interact with the aviation companies. A special hall for students in the exhibition area will also display exhibits and aircraft models introducing the concept of aero space. IAF officials will meet and interact with the visiting students.

The handing over of the keys to the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) on display at the air show by Defence Minister, Shri AK Antony to the Ecuadorian Air Chief tomorrow will also herald the saga of the first of the exports of the Dhruv ALH from the stables of HAL. This is the first instance of India exporting ALH and talks are also on with Mauritius and Surinam in this regard informed Shri Pradeep Kumar while replying to a media querry.

A comprehensive disaster management plan has been chalked out and security has been enhanced in close coordination with Ministry of Home Affairs, Karnataka Government and Police, Shri Pradeep Kumar said. An emergency drill has been carried out during 6-9 February. A 3-tier security is in place and 140 close circuit television sets (CCTV) have been installed as compared to 30 in 2007. For the first time, Radio Frequency Identity Card (RFID) have been issued which will help in tracking the movement of people visiting the show. This will help in preventing unauthorized entry into areas other than the one indicated on these specially made cards. Apart from this, three platoons of CISF and a Special Forces team Garuda of the IAF will be deployed in the area.

In an indication of growing popularity of the show, it is expected that about 1 Lakh 25 thousand people will be visiting the Yelahanka station of IAF this year. In addition to this, the show will see participation of about 50 thousand business visitors. Last edition of Aero Show had seen participation of 1 lakh general public and 30 thousand business visitors.

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