SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 5-2017

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | FALCON
    Soaring High
    By R. Chandrakanth

    “Our company has always been a leader in this industry and we will continue to set the pace in the years ahead. Moreover, the best is yet to come.”
    John Rosanvall on, the President & CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet

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    MILITARY | ACQUISITIONS
    Acquisition Dilemmas for the IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The IAF will need to induct combat aircraft in large numbers and aerial tankers as these serve as force multipliers and enhance the operational capability of the combat fleet

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    MILITARY | TRANSPORT
    Revitalising the Transport Fleet
    By Joseph Noronha

    Long before a fleet reaches the end of its total technical life (TTL), which is normally around 25 years, a decision must be taken on how to revamp it

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    SPACE | REPORT
    Sky is Not the Limit, for ISRO
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The ‘South Asia Satellite’ will provide a full range of applications (Very Small Aperture Terminals; Direct-to-home services; Tele-medicine; Tele-education; Broadcast; Meteorological; Disaster management support etc) and services to all of India’s neighbours.

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    SPACE | VIEWPOINT
    GSAT-9: South Asia Communication Satellite
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    In the successful launch of the South Asia Communication Satellite, ISRO has once again displayed its level of competence and the capability to lead from the front

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    SPACE | TECHNOLOGY
    CubeSats Cost-Effective Delivery
    By Krishnadev CS & Bhaskar Kanungo

    CubeSats are currently shotgunned into space as auxiliary payload piggybacking on the bigger launches done by civilian space agencies

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    CIVIL | INDUSTRY
    C919 vs Boeing & Airbus
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The road ahead for the Chinese aerospace industry is long and arduous and competition with the Western rivals will undoubtedly be a formidable challenge

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    REGIONAL AVIATION | AIRPORTS
    Viable Airports, Need of the Hour
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The Expenditure Finance Committee has recommended the proposal for revival of 50 unserved and underserved airports/airstrips of the state governments, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and civil enclaves at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,500 crore in three financial years starting from 2017-18

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    REGIONAL AVIATION | INDIGO
    IndiGo Picks 50 ATR 72-600
    By R. Chandrakanth

    After mainline airline Air India and low-cost carrier SpiceJet had won bids in the first round of ‘UDAN’ bidding, India’s largest carrier in terms of market share, has made its intentions known of entering the regional aviation market.

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | EUROPE
    Bouncing Back, Albeit Slowly
    By R. Chandrakanth

    This is an exciting time for business aviation, with innovative new aircraft, technologies and business models coming to the fore. The industry is looking dynamic as it expands its offerings for new and existing customers and aircraft owners.

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | FLEET MODERNISATION
    Modernising Business Aviation Fleet
    By Group Captain A.K. Sachdev (Retd)

    It is for the government to recognise the value of business aviation, acquiesce to its reasonable demands and facilitate business aviation fleet modernisation

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

    Having proven resilient to global challenges last year, the European economic recovery is expected to continue this year and next: for the first time in almost a decade, the economies of all European Union (EU) Member States are expected to grow throughout the entire forecasting period.

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    NEWS WITH VIEWS
    India, Fifth Largest Military Spender Globally
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    India emerged as the world’s fifth largest military spender, ahead of its arch rival Pakistan, says a new report from a European think tank. Three out of the top five military spenders are from Asia, suggesting how military conflicts are spreading across the subcontinent.

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    HALL OF FAME
    John Alcock (1892-1919)
    By Joseph Noronha

    In 1927, when Charles Lindbergh finally became the first to fly solo across the Atlantic, the 19th person to do so, he said, “Alcock and Brown showed me the way”

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    LAST WORD
    Strategic Partnership
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The implementation of the policy on strategic partnership will be a shot in the arm of the India aerospace and defence industry