Aero India 2009 will be held from 11 to 15th Feb 2009 ...
I have too many cameras, but none is the "right" one! . All cameras become obsolete in 2 years. But that apart good photography at airshows requires a "higher level of civilization" than India has reached. Don't kill me for this - I will explain.
Nations like Britain and the US realized long ago that there is a sub-culture of people who love aircraft and catering to that sub-culture by allowing them, to see, touch and take pictures of aircraft is a self-feeding process in which interest in aeronautics and flying is generated spawning a great industry to make a great nation.
In India a photographer is treated like an unnecessary pain. Nothing is done to held a photographer-enthusiast and everything is done to get in his way. Only press photographers - some of whom cannot differentiate between a cow's backside and an afterburner get "press passes" and genuine enthusiast with moderately good cameras have to have "influence" to get into a good place for pictures.
It may anger people if I say this - but Indians at large (even educated ones) are such a primitive people that 50% of the governmental jokers in charge of the airshow and half the population think pilots are glorified drivers. With pilots being glorified drivers what are photographers other than freeloading gawkers and a pain in the neck. The absence of an great aviation industry in India fits in perfectly well with the absence of the recognition and encouragement of a aviation loving culture in India.
You can get the most expensive cameras in India but Aero india does not give a damn for enthusiasts. Pride of place goes to Gandhi topi clad politicians who will speak of "Admiral Fali Major, chief of Ar Staff" and the late "Air marshal Sam Manekshaw"
These jokers who will get the best placed and will be fawned over while a genuine, knowledgeable enthusiast who may help creat a generation of aircraft designers and fighter pilots are swept aside and kept with cotton candy eating picnickers in Aero India.
Sorry about the rant - but just check the Nellis AFB thread.
In India aviation enthusiasts are the wrong caste. They are mlecchas to the Brahmin of the politician and "press photographers"
Hey Mr Shiv. Who the hell you think you are ? A great aviation fan ?
Just because you can distinguish between a MiG 27M and a MiG 23BN and between a Mi 8 and a Mi 17 you becoem a graet aviation man. And you make fun of poooor press photographers who find it so difficult to distinguish between a MiG 21 and MiG 25 or a Seaking and Alouette II ? Shame Shame ?
You think the Aero India is suppose to be for great aero intellectuals like you
No sir no
Aero India is for the poor PSU employees to have a day out with their wives, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, mother-in-laws, father-in-laws, brother-in-laws,sister-in-laws, xzy-in-laws etc.
Aero India is for the poor PSU employees to grab, I REPEAT, grab the complimentary gifts doled out by the stall owners.
Aero India is Aero India is for the poor PSU employees to grab BR CDs. (When I was at the BR stall, a HAL official DEMANDED that they, being government employees, MUST be given free CDs AND photographs.
Aero India is for the press photographers and journalist to have some free air rides so that they write something very nice about them e.g. Embraer makes world class combat aircraft and Bombardier is the leading European manufacturer of helicoptors.
Aero India is for the poor PSU employees and their largish ( say 10+) families to sit out and have breakfats, lunch and afternoon high tea under the shadows of a diving SU 30
I think you should use your good offices and reduce this international air show from being degraded in to a sas-bahu farce