SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 5-2018

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    MILITARY | VIEWPOINT
    Desire to Preserve History of the IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Inducted in 1946, the Dakota was an iconic platform and in the initial years of post-independence India, was the mainstay of the transport fleet of the IAF

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    MILITARY | EXERCISE
    "Gagan Shakti" Aerial Might on Display!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Exercise Gagan Shakti will also convey a message to Pakistan and China that any threat emanating from them, would be dealt with in a befitting manner

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    MILITARY | EXERCISE
    "Gagan Shakti" May Give China & Pakistan a Cause for Concern
    By Arpita Kala

    11000 sorties by 1100 aircraft, disaster-relief evacuation drills and more, the air warriors are ‘shaking the heavens and splitting the Earth’

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    INDUSTRY | BOEING
    US Aerospace Industry and Boeing's Standing
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    One of the aerospace majors in the United States (US) is the Boeing Company that is virtually the pillar of strength for the US aerospace industry

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    INDUSTRY | VIEWPOINT
    A Powerful Impetus for 'Make in India'
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Production of a fighter aircraft in India through a joint venture, will provide a major impetus to the Make in India programme in the Indian aerospace industry

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    CIVIL | SPICEJET
    SpiceJet an Emerging Leader
    By Arpita Kala

    While rivals battle controversies, the low-frills carrier kicks off the new financial year with impressive accolades

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | EUROPE
    Have European Private Jets Finally Emerged from the Great Recession?
    By Arpita Kala

    Rising from the ashes of 2008 economic crisis and dispelling Brexit fears, business aviators gear up for the upcoming EBACE 2018

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | GULFSTREAM
    Tailored to Mission Requirements
    By Roger Sperry

    When the G500 and G600 enter the market, they will offer the same high-speed capabilities as the G650 and G650ER and give customers additional range option for diverse business needs

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    UAVS | TECHNOLOGY
    Trending Now — Drones
    By Joseph Noronha

    The US has a lead in military UAV development in the world, but China is swiftly closing the gap, thanks to intellectual property theft, reverse engineering and innovative skills

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    BY THE WAY | CANTONMENT TALES
    Kalki Koechlin Knows How to Fly, Courtesy Her Dad
    By Arpita Kala

    The Dev.D actor tells us how daddy Joel Koechlin’s experiments with making light sport aircraft shaped her childhood

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

    In the first week of April this year, a RFI for 110 fighter aircraft, single or twin-engine, was issued. Hopefully this will be pursued by the Ministry of Defence with vigour and the numbers will be appropriately enhanced to close the ever increasing deficiency in the combat fleet

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    HALL OF FAME
    Ernst Udet (1896-1941)
    By Joseph Noronha

    Udet’s superiors soon recognised his suitability as a fighter pilot on account of his aggressive attitude and he found himself in a fighter unit flying the new Fokker EIII.

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    LAST WORD
    5th Gen Fighter – Still a Distant Dream
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    In its overall assessment, the IAF did not consider the FGFA platform suitable for induction and recommended cancellation of the project.