SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 3-2018

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    CIVIL | REGIONAL AVIATION
    Regional Jets in India Headed for Extinction or Rebirth?
    By Byron Bohlman

    The list of airlines that once flew regional jets - Paramount Airways, Air Costa - and some that never got off the ground or are struggling to take off - Star Aviation and Flyeasy - seems to be growing.

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    MILITARY | VIEWPOINT
    FGFA for the IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    On account of the technological, capability and price issues, the IAF was clearly unhappy with the platform and was keen that the project be called off

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    MILITARY | MMRCA
    MMRCA 2.0!
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Reportedly, India is planning to come up with another Request for Information (RFI) to acquire modern multi-role combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | BAOA
    BAOA President Rohit Kapur says it how he sees it

    Importing foreign pilots to DIAL’s big brother role, seaplanes and more, the third-time chief of the association gets candid about aviation with Arpita Kala of SP’s Aviation

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    CIVIL | INDUSTRY
    Challenges for Indian Civil Aviation
    By Group Captain C.J. Weir (Retd)

    The heartening news is that in the near future, one travelling by air in India will find significantly better air connectivity covering larger number of destinations and more options. There will also be an increase in the number of airlines operating each with larger fleet of aircraft.

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    CIVIL | UAVS
    Potential of UAVs in Civil Aviation
    By Zorawar Singh Jaiswal

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) being extremely versatile flying machines, have recently elicited keen interest from different stakeholders. On the one hand, while UAVs that are low-cost and versatile platforms offering a variety of aerial applications, on the other its inconspicuousness can easily be exploited by unscrupulous elements and prove to be serious threat to the society.

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    MILITARY | BUDGET
    Linking revenue with desired serviceability of IAF fighters
    By Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh (Retd)

    Aviation maintenance operations require planning solutions that support “conditional” repair or “as required” planning capabilities as well as multiple demand and supply streams to optimise inventory assets

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    BY THE WAY | CANTONMENT TALES
    Kid of the Forces, Shoojit Sircar, Re-lives his Childhood Memories
    By Arpita Kala

    From riding elephants to being an ace sportsman, the Vicky Donor and Piku director shares what life was like in the Indian Air Force camp

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    SHOW REPORT | SINGAPORE AIR SHOW
    Components called the shots
    By Rohit Srivastava

    One of the leading airshows in the world, the Singapore Airshow 2018, held at the Changi exhibition centre from February 6-11, was high on component and service contracts but low on aircraft deals.

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    A Word from Editor-in-Chief
    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    With the rapid growth of regional aviation in India, Regional Jets have the potential to play a major role in the future in the Indian regional aviation segment

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    HALL OF FAME
    Juan Trippe (1899-1981)
    By Joseph Noronha

    Trippe’s visionary move was to persuade Boeing to build the Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet”, a new generation wide-body airliner that was much larger than the Boeing 707

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    LAST | WORD
    Reform BA to boost national economy
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The government needs to radically reform its policies for business aviation to prosper. Till then, this segment will not make any meaningful contribution to the nation’s economy.

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Appointments

    Airbus has appointed Bruno Even as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Helicopters, effective April 1, 2018...

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Quick RoundUp

    On February 22, 2018, India test-fired its medium-range, nuclear-capable Agni II missile from an island off the coast of Eastern state of Odisha....

  • NEWS | DIGEST: CIVIL AVIATION | ASIA PACIFIC
    Potential For Turboprops in Asia-Pacific: ATR

    Global leader in turboprop aircraft, ATR anticipates huge demand for the company’s aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region. The company foresees demand for around 750 turboprops aircraft in next 20 years in the region.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: CIVIL AVIATION | AMERICAS
    Boeing 737 MAX 9 Awarded FAA Certificate

    Boeing 737 MAX-9 airliner has received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), officially certifying the airplane for commercial service.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: CIVIL AVIATION | AMERICAS
    New ADS-B Out Certification by Rockwell Collins

    Rockwell Collins’ ADS-B Out Part 23 approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML-STC) has received approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft for South Korea

    South Korea’s acquisition agency, Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA), has decided to purchase additional ASW aircraft from an undisclosed foreign supplier.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    China Inducts J-20 Into PLAAF

    n February 9, 2018, China commissioned its first stealth fighter aircraft in People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), reports Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    New Weapon System for Sikorsky S-70M and S-70i Black Hawk

    Lockheed Martin has announced that a new comprehensive weapon system designed for the Sikorsky S-70M and S-70i Black Hawk helicopters has received military standards qualifications.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Bell’s V-280 Joint Multi-Role Tiltrotor

    Bell Helicopter’s Air Vehicle Concept Demonstrator aircraft, funded under the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration (JMRTD) programme, was flown for the first time by an Army pilot on February 7, 2018.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Lockheed Martin Delivers 400TH C-130J

    Lockheed Martin reached a major milestone with the delivery of its 400th C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on February 9, 2018. This Super Hercules is an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations aircraft that is assigned to the US Air Force’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

  • NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Licence Manufacture of ALH-Civil Under TOT

    As a major boost to defence manufacturing and Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has offered the indigenous...

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    NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Mahindra Aerospace and Viking Air Form Strategic Alliance

    Mahindra Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canada’s Viking Air to “leverage their unique and complementary resources” to form a strategic alliance...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Leonardo Expands Presence in Bangladesh

    Leonardo is expanding its share of the growing Bangladeshi helicopter market with the announcement, during Singapore Air Show, of the upcoming delivery of five helicopters to Bashundhara Airways...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Pratt & Whitney’s Manufacturing Facility In Singapore

    Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, has announced an important increase in production at its first advanced manufacturing facility in Singapore in order to help Pratt & Whitney’s 2018 ramp-up of production.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | AMERICAS
    Bell Helicopter for Vietnam

    Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc company, has signed a purchase agreement with both Vietnam Helicopter Corporation and its subsidiary, Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH North), for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters.