GA Goes To India

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IndUS, a U.S.-based aviation company, opened an aircraft showroom in downtown Bangalore this week, the first of its kind in India. The company aims to fill what it sees as an unmet demand for personal aircraft. The showroom has new airplanes on display and sells books, model airplanes, T-shirts and other aviation-related items. Dr. Ram Pattisapu, of Texas, founder of IndUS, said the showroom will work to enhance the public's understanding of GA. "There is a common misconception that private aircraft are unsafe and too expensive," he said at the grand opening on Tuesday. "In the long run, we want to promote general aviation as a viable transport for government and business agencies. But first, we want to increase public awareness." IndUs also has a manufacturing facility in India, where it builds light sport aircraft for export to the U.S., and has formed a partnership with Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd of India, a manufacturer of aviation products and aircraft. The showroom opens to the public on June 10.