MAKS 2003 Show to be Bigger, Tougher
Tougher? Well, certainly in the
interest of a better experience for all, 'tougher,' in this case,
means, 'with more security than ever.'
The Russian-dominated show, held in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, will
feature the latest in (predominantly) Russian aviation wares,
including some of the most-interesting microlights never seen
elsewhere, through military aircraft, helicopters, all the way up
to giant airliners.
Over 100 plants and companies will exhibit; and, although this
show has a distinctly Russian flavor, over 30 countries'
manufacturers will be represented.
Unfortunately, there have been a few well-publicized terrorist
attacks in Moscow this year; and security will be beefed up. The
show's own force will be working extra, and MAKS has asked the
federal government for some help, as well.
Regardless, there will
be some fantastic exhibits -- of aircraft and related items, as
well as the best of the "fringe" (black) market -- all kinds of
illegal software, for instance, that will certainly get you a cool
reception at Customs.
But go for the aviation: the collection at MAKS is
unlike any you'll see elsewhere; the truly biggest of the big shots
from the big design bureaus are there, and more-accessible than at
any other time all year.
Marvel at unusual solutions to problems you though you had
fixed. Enjoy the cool air, the warmth of Russian aviators, and have
a look at a city you couldn't even enter just a few short years
The show will be held on the airfield of the Gromov Flight
Institute in Zhukovsky on 19-24 August.