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The most high­light­ing fact about Begum­pet Air­port, Hy­der­abad, is this – the maiden com­mer­cial flight took off from Begum­pet Air­port, Hy­der­abad, in July 1946 and the last com­mer­cial flight bid farewell to Begum­pet Air­port on March 22, 2008. Since then, the com­mer­cial flight op­er­a­tions have ceased at Begum­pet Air­port. How­ever, the daily chores as­sist­ing flight op­er­a­tions were never halted, rather it changed the ser­vice arena, where it started serv­ing more in­tensely for gen­eral avi­a­tion and non-com­mer­cial ser­vices – apart from at­tend­ing to the mil­i­tary, fly­ing clubs, the govern­ment, char­ter and ro­tary wings flight op­er­a­tions to name a few.

Even after seven decades, Hy­der­abad con­tin­ues to in­spire pi­lots, schol­ars and re­searchers as­so­ci­ated with avi­a­tion. As the avi­a­tion ac­tiv­ity picked up in all di­rec­tions it didn’t limit it­self to airports and air­craft only. It has ush­ered in a new area of ex­pan­sion, of course driven by fac­tors such as For­eign Direct In­vest­ment (FDI) in the air­line in­dus­try, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IT) so­lu­tions in avi­a­tion, in­tro­duc­tion of Low-cost Car­ri­ers (LCC), the emer­gence of mod­ern green­field airports, he­li­ports, sea­ports and, last but not the least, the grow­ing em­pha­sis on Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity (RC) – all backed by the Govern­ment of India’s ‘Vi­sion’ and ‘Mis­sion’.

Shut­ting down of com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions at Begum­pet Air­port opened a new win­dow for mul­ti­faced ac­tiv­i­ties like fly­ing train­ing, Air Traf­fic Con­trol (ATC) school­ing, avi­a­tion ex­pos, avi­a­tors meet, main­te­nance units, to name a few. Among the ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties

be­sides daily flight op­er­a­tions – this air­port has hosted “India Avi­a­tion”, a bi­en­nial event since 2008 un­der the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion – where com­mer­cial air­craft and its as­so­ci­ated in­dus­try ac­tiv­ity were show­cased.

This year in March 2018, the Begum­pet Air­port, Hy­der­abad, is again mak­ing his­tory by host­ing the sec­ond edi­tion of “WINGS INDIA-2018”.

The Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion (MOCA), Govern­ment of India, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Airports Author­ity of India (AAI) and Fed­er­a­tion of Cham­bers of Com­merce & In­dus­try (FICCI) has taken a lead­ing step to or­gan­ise this mega event be­tween 8th-11th March 2018.

The first edi­tion of “WINGS-INDIA” was held in New Delhi with the theme “SAB UDEN, SAB JUDEN” – Ex­pand­ing Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity. This year the WINGS

INDIA -2018 theme is “INDIA: GLOBAL AVI­A­TION HUB”.

The main com­po­nents of the event would be Air­craft Static Dis­play, aer­o­bat­ics, ex­hi­bi­tions, con­fer­ences, CEO fo­rums, chalets, me­dia con­fer­ences and, last but not the least, an awards’ night.

Airports Author­ity of India un­der the guid­ance of the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion is leav­ing no stone un­turned to make this event a grand suc­cess. The his­tor­i­cal Begum­pet Air­port is be­ing decked up to host WINGSINDIA 2018. The iconic build­ing of Begum­pet Air­port at­tracts sev­eral her­itage ac­tivists apart from avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts, be­cause of its vast his­tor­i­cal back­ground in avi­a­tion. It is ex­pected that the con­duct of

WINGS INDIA -2018 will fur­ther ex­pand the visi­tors’ pro­file as lots of other dig­ni­taries from var­i­ous fields will be pro­vided with a plat­form to con­nect dur­ing this event.

Due to its spa­cious open area and its es­tab­lished avi­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture, in terms of Con­trol Tower, taxi­ways, Run­way, Apron, Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal, Nav Aid etc. an event of

this mag­ni­tude will not find any dif­fi­culty in ef­fi­ciently fa­cil­i­tat­ing both visi­tors and par­tic­i­pants. The salient fea­tures of WINGS INDIA

2018 are its spa­cious ex­hi­bi­tion area, more than 150 ex­hibitors, fo­cus on the civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try, aer­o­batic dis­play, busi­ness cen­tres, busi­ness lounges, ex­hib­iters restau­rants, florists, busi­ness in­for­ma­tion cen­tres, travel and trans­port desk and much more.

The ex­hibitors dis­play pro­file in this event would en­com­pass air­craft, air­port in­fra­struc­ture, air­line and its as­so­ci­ated ser­vice in­dus­try, space in­dus­try, skill devel­op­ment, air­craft in­te­rior, air­craft ma­chin­ery and equip­ment com­pany and, thus, it is ex­pected that im­mense pri­vate and pub­lic in­dus­try part­ners, both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional, are likely to visit this event. This event is pre­par­ing a con­ducive at­mos­phere for one-on-one, B2G, G2B, B2B meet­ings, con­fer­ences and fo­rums to pro­vide ex­cel­lent net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture busi­ness re­la­tion­ships.

India has been pro­jected to be­come the third largest avi­a­tion mar­ket by 2026 and the largest by 2030. Hence, var­i­ous growthori­ented busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties can be fore­casted for the near fu­ture. WINGS

INDIA -2018 pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity and a global plat­form to all na­tional and in­ter­na­tional play­ers as­so­ci­ated with the avi­a­tion sec­tor to show­case and high­light their ar­eas of spe­cial­i­sa­tion.

It is ex­pected that the key pol­i­cy­mak­ers, top govern­ment de­ci­sion mak­ers, global ex­perts, cor­po­rate lead­ers and busi­ness part­ners, startup com­pa­nies will par­tic­i­pate to widen their net­work.

The MOCA, AAI and FICCI have jointly ze­roed in on the fo­cal ob­jec­tive of the con­fer­ence – the aim is to re­ju­ve­nate the

mind with in­no­va­tive ideas that will as­sist the global avi­a­tion in­dus­try of the coun­try to touch new heights.

HIGH­LIGHTS

To de­velop India as a hub for aero­space man­u­fac­tur­ing and MRO ser­vices by nur­tur­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of aero­space work­ers; Un­der­tak­ing reg­u­la­tory poli­cies and a mea­sure for cre­at­ing a win-win sit­u­a­tion for all stake­hold­ers; High­light­ing the ma­jor tech­nol­ogy for pro­mot­ing in­di­geni­sa­tion of aero­space man­u­fac­tur­ing; En­cour­ag­ing new forms of pub­licpri­vate part­ner­ship tai­lored to suit air con­nec­tiv­ity needs; Dis­play­ing in­no­va­tive fi­nan­cial tech­niques and method­olo­gies to meet the grow­ing fi­nan­cial need; Ad­dress­ing is­sues re­lat­ing to the air cargo in­dus­try and en­abling them to reach their full po­ten­tial.

WINGS-INDIA 2018 is ex­pected to be in­au­gu­rated by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. The first two days are re­served as ex­clu­sively busi­ness day and the last two days are busi­ness cum gen­eral visi­tors’ days. It is a much-awaited, com­pul­sory event for the civil avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tory author­ity, the govern­ment and Pub­lic Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ings (PSUS), air­port de­vel­op­ers, Main­te­nance, Re­pair and Over­haul (MRO) com­pa­nies, air cargo and lo­gis­tic ser­vice providers, busi­ness avi­a­tion sec­tor providers, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, IT so­lu­tion providers, air­lines, ground han­dlers, Air Traf­fic Man­age­ment and Air Nav­i­ga­tion Ser­vices providers, air­craft leas­ing firms, avi­a­tion train­ing in­sti­tu­tion, law and con­sult­ing firms, aca­demic and re­search bod­ies, and trade pub­li­ca­tion and me­dia houses (do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional).

With a taste­ful mix of the his­tor­i­cal and mod­ern in­flu­ence of Hy­der­abad where the Ganga-ja­muna eti­quette melts with revered ethos, WINGS INDIA 2018 in­vites the global civil and aero­space in­dus­try at Begum­pet, Hy­der­abad, India. We are ready to wel­come, to of­fer com­merce and mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, to meet pol­i­cy­mak­ers and in­ter­act, learn from the best prac­tices, make part­ner­ships, con­duct busi­ness, dis­cover and de­velop net­works, in­vest and fi­nally seal the most promis­ing deals.

WINGS INDIA-2017, held in New Delhi

India Avi­a­tion Air Show-2016, Begum­pet Air­port, Hy­der­abad

Air­craft Dis­play, India Avi­a­tion -2016, Hy­der­abad

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