We thoroughly enjoyed the acrobatics and were enthralled by the display at the air show in Aero India 2017. Because of the lack of information about the air show online, I decided to quickly jot down a few points for those who are headed there.
My aviation enthusiast husband wanted to show my crazy-about-planes kiddo air show in Bangalore and we registered for the Aero India 2017 as a general visitor to the ADVA (air display viewing area). We would have ideally wanted to see the exhibition too, but that would mean going on a crowded weekend. Given we were travelling from Hyderabad only for the show, we did not want to do that. I and my husband have been to the air show almost a decade back and knew how crazy the weekend crowd is.
How to book the tickets?
You can register for the air show on their website aeroindia.in.General Visitor registration for ADVA can be done at http://aeroindia.in/GeneralVisitorRegistration.aspx. Registration for ADVA and exhibition area can be done at http://aeroindia.in/GeneralVisitorExhibitionLandingPage.aspx.
What are the prices of the tickets?
ADVA pass is for 600 INR. The exhibition pass is for 1500 INR.
What are the show timings?
Every show is for 2.5 hours. First show starts at 10am. There was a break after the first show ended around 12:30pm and the next show started at 2:30pm. On weekend they may have 3 shows. You can go anytime in between the show.
Are kids allowed in aero India 2017?
Yes, kids are allowed in the air show (ADVA) and static display area. Kids below 5 years do not need to register. Registration process for kids above 5 years is the same as adults. They can enter their parents ID cards along with their school ID for entry. Kids below 15 years are however not permitted in the business display area.
Is the online registration enough or one needs to redeem this pass?
Once you register, you get a confirmation mail. This can be shown at the counter at Yelahanka airbase (where the show is being held) to get the ticket. You need to carry your photo ID proof to get the pass.
We were in the queue for 20min when we reached at 10:40am. There are some 6 counters issuing the tickets/ passes.
This is how the pass looks like:
Visitor’s name is also printed on the pass. However, the printer was not working when we reached and we got a general pass with no name on it.
Are eatables allowed inside?
Eatables are strictly not allowed inside. A bottle of water may be taken.
Is food available inside?
There is a food court inside which has various food stalls. A2B, pizza hut, dominos, Burger King, Nandini are some of the branded stalls. Other than that, biryani, pav bhaji, chole bhatura, chaat stalls are also available. Cafe coffee day guys sell sandwiches and beverages at various places in the viewing area itself. Anil and kwality ice creams are available too. Water is available for purchase. Food is priced higher than the prices in the outlets in the city though. Carry lots and lots of change though, they refuse to give change.
Is there place to sit?
There are few chairs which are high in demand. Otherwise you can just sit on the grass and watch the show.
What should I carry?
Carry caps/ hats, umbrella, sunscreen lotion, something to sit on and a good camera if you have one. We preferred to enjoy the show rather than keep clicking pictures. Other than that, if you have kids, carry some things for them to do time-pass during lunch.
What is the best time to reach?
The gates open at 9 am. Before that, you will need to collect the pass. The show can be seen from the ticketing area too, but there is nothing like viewing it from the ADVA area. It would be best to reach the airbase by 9 am so you are done with ticketing and security check before you reach the air display viewing area.
Which aircrafts are performing at the air show?
72 aircrafts are performing at the air show 2017, most of them Indian and some from UK, US, Sweden. The famous Surya Kiran acrobatics team stole the show along with Sarang Team (Indian Air Force), the Scandinavian Air Show Team (Sweden) and the Yakovlevs Aerobatic Team (UK). The UK based AeroSuperBatics wingwalker team was one of the most popular shows. The show was a delight to watch and travelling from Hyderabad was totally worth it 🙂
Is there enough parking? How does one reach the airbase?
There is parking inside Gate No. 8. They were enough on a weekday, but would not be sufficient on the weekend. Some of the BIS buses going to the airport are stopping on the main road near the airbase. They have AERO INDIA 2017 written on them. The gate is some 2km walk from the main road. Autos are available in plenty, but they are charging atrociously high (charged us Rs.80 from the gate to the main road on a weekday, and was trying to accommodate more passengers in the front seat too).
If you are headed to Aero India 2017 and have any quick questions, post them in the comment and I will try to revert as soon as I can. If you think someone can use this post to plan a quick trip, do share the post.