One of the must-do things to get into the “aero mood” at the air show is the Hoopla! No, not the ring on the waist game, but a simulator game wherein one can experience flying an aircraft and learn the basics in an interactive way. So, what you do is, find the GE Engine stall in Hall 3 at the venue, stand on a footprint marked and then, play the game. One can select the colour of the aircraft, the kind of engine they want, the amount of speed and all the other controls by flashing the hand across the screen like it is on an iPad! The software of this game has been designed by a US-based company called Power Creative and the hardware by the UK-based DG Systems. These components have been assembled by the SDD-GES Global Network, who partners with GE in building engines.
100 years of Civil Aviation
This is one stall which should not be missed. The 100 years of Civil Aviation in India is an initiative by Vijay Seth, an aviation historian in association with the FICCI. Marking the centenary celebrations this year, the stall takes you through a pictorial journey of Civil Aviation in India. It has everything, right from the world’s first ever aerial post, which was flown from Allahabad on February 18, 2011, to the Imperial Airways in 1924, the birth of airlines, India’s tryst with the wings, the advent of open airways in India and finally, even a collection of all the postage stamps dedicated to the aviation sector.
Boeing 787-8 Series Dreamliner
Why Boeing 787? One cannot possibly miss this giant. Standing magnificently with its miniature counterparts is the Boeing’s flagship, 787-8 series Dreamliner. The massive beauty in red definitely invites the maximum attention. It is a super efficient airplane with new passenger-pleasing features. With a seating capacity of almost 250, and consumption of 20 percent less fuel than any other airplane of its size, the Dreamliner has a total cargo volume of 4,400 cubic feet. Its range is about 14,200 to 15,200 kilometers and spreads over a cross section of 226 inches, with a wing span of 197 feet, and a length and height of 186 and 56 feet respectively. It has a maximum take off weight of about 502,500 pounds , i.e. 227,930 kilograms
Sukhoi Superjet 100 Civil airliner
Right out of the league of fighter jets and crafts, here is Sukhoi’s first civil airliner, the Sukhoi Superjet 100. With leading-edge technologies in all its core ingredients, right from design and development to final assembling, delivering it is a modern, economically efficient and globally marketable aircraft. SSJ100 is easy and safe to pilot and the cockpit design features a “passive” side stick and an “active” engine control levers. The Human Centered Design concept arranges the control levers and on-board equipment. SSJ100 can be landed by one pilot only.
Remote-controlled Chopper stores
Welcoming you with a few nostalgic memories is the chopper toy store. It is not a huge Mattel or Funskool showroom, but a cozy counter right at the entrance exhibiting our very own remote-controlled helicopters. A little expensive though, but still just in case, you are interested, shell out Rs 7,000 for a flying machine.