Bengaluru: With just over two weeks left for the 11th International Show on Aerospace, Defence, Civil Aviation, Airport Infrastructure and Defence Engineering (Aero India 2017), Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka has begun the process of shifting its assets. The show is scheduled from February 14 to 18.

A senior Indian Air Force (IAF) official told Mathrubhumi that the training activities will now shift to nearby bases at AFS Bidar (Karnataka) and AFS Sulur (Tamil Nadu).

Aero india logo“Our training is time-bound. It can’t stop and we have to stick to the schedules. For the next month we will shift to nearby bases. The trainees need a familiar environment and they will have to quickly adapt to the change in their schedules. For a trainee, flying from a new airfield has its own challenges,” says the official.

AFS Yelahanka is one of the leading training bases of IAF. The training activities here are highest among all IAF bases in the country. Close to 100 assets will now fly out to Bidar and Sulur to accommodate the Aero India participants.

For AFS Yelahanka, hosting Aero India involves mammoth planning and the preparations that begin six months in advance. To ensure the smooth conduct of the show, 20 different committees are already in an active mode looking into different aspects.

“We have to work with our own resources and the IAF doesn’t hire external resources. We have to be economical in every activity and have to optimise our resources,” says the official.

AFS Yelahanka has already held a meeting with the Panchayat officials addressing a series of issues for the smooth and safe conduct of the show. Illegal dumping of garbage in and around the air base topped the priority during the talks.

The stalls and chalets have already come up at the base. Exhibits have also started to arrive and in the next 10 days, the activities will enter the last lap. The Full Dress Rehearsal (FDR) is scheduled on February 12.

As reported in these columns earlier, this year unprecedented security measures are being put in place at AFS Yelahanka.

Meanwhile, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said that the runway will be closed partially to facilitate rehearsals being carried out at the AFS Yelahanka from February 8 to 18. In addition, BIAL runway will be closed partially from February 19 to April 30 for runway upgradation work.

(The writer is the Content Consultant with Mathrubhumi (English Online) and tweets @writetake.)

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