Despite its logistical challenges - a 2h journey from city centre hotel that last time involved the breathtaking Moscow metro, a stop-at-all-stations commuter train, a shuttle bus and two layers of enthusiastic security checks, not to mention Russian language press conferences without translation - the MAKS air show in Moscow is one of my favourite air shows.
Walking through it is like being in a parallel aviation universe, with ranks of Cold War warplanes and the latest versions of creaking Communist-era airliners that never found a market outside those parts of the world that followed the teachings of Karl Marx. However, Russian aerospace is changing, for the better, and our special issue on the country’s industry will appear in our 20 August issue. I went to Moscow just before the Paris air show to carry out interviews.
This year’s MAKS marks a very big first for Flight International. Not only will we be distributing that issue of Flight International to show delegates but for the first time an issue of Flight will contain a Russian-language pull-out, exclusively available at the show. We did something very similar at last year’s Zhuhai air show, that time with a Chinese-language pull-out.
Our journalists will also be producing an interactive magazine from the show with stunning images, breaking news stories and interviews with movers and shakers from Russian industry and overseas exhibitors. Look out for details from 29 August on accessing that via the Flight International container app on your iPad or via flightglobal.com