Women aviators will fly high, giving the 12th edition of Aero-India at the Yelahanka Air Force Station here a distinct gender twist.
On the airshow agenda is a Women's Day on February 23, complete with an all-women flight and a visit by American astronaut and US Navy officer Sunita Williams. The imprint of women pilots will be felt this time like never before, assures the Yelahanka IAF Station's top brass.
The airshow will also be about students, 10,000 of whom have been invited to competitions designed to inspire the aviators in them.
Beckoning their attention from the skies will be the Sarang aerobatic team with the Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and another led by the Hawks. At least two foreign aerobatic teams are expected to fly in, although the hugely popular SKYCATS, the Scandinavian team will give this airshow a miss.
An additional vehicle parking space with trained manpower has been created this time. Twenty shuttle buses will take visitors from this area to the exhibition space. The airshow organisers have also increased the number of security frisking gates to reduce the congestion.
The State police, the Central Reserve Police Force, Disaster Management Rescue Force and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel will fan out across the airshow space to ensure foolproof security, Air Commodore Ravuri Sheetal told media persons on Wednesday.
Sales have already begun for tickets to the Air Display Visitor Area (ADVA), priced at Rs. 600. The tickets are valid for one day for single entry only. Children below five years are allowed free entry. General visitors to the exhibition areas are charged Rs 1,800.
Access to ADVA will be through gates 8, 9 and 10. Gate 2 will be for VIPs and gate 5 for the public to access the public parking area.