SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 04-14

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    China Opens Up
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Some reports estimate that in a decade, the number of private jets in China will treble

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    IAF Floats RFI on Intermediate Trainer
    By SP’s Special Correspondent

    The inevitable has happened. With the Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) HJT-36 intermediate jet trainer (IJT) delayed beyond the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) planned induction schedule...

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    IAF Floats Tender to 'Buy/Make' PC-7 in Country
    By SP’s Special Correspondent

    The battle for basic trainers just went to the next level. While the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

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    Eyes in the Air
    By Air Marshal (Retd) Raghu Rajan

    Special Missions are specific to the tasks assigned. These could include mission-specific platforms, not only from the IAF, but also from the sister services or even civil agencies.

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    Quest for Solutions
    By Joseph Noronha

    C4ISR is built around a framework that may include satellites, manned aircraft, unmanned systems and human observers, all contributing to enhanced mission effectiveness

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    Unmatched Force Multiplier
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

    A military derivative of the best-selling A330 wide-body, twin-engine, commercial airliner from Airbus, the A330 MRTT symbolises a benchmark for the new-generation tanker transport aircraft of the current century

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    China is one of the Most Promising Markets in Global Business Aviation Today

    John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet, and Chairman of Dassault Falcon Business Services (Beijing) Co. Ltd.

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    Gulfstream has a Considerable Service Presence in the Asia-Pacific Region

    Roger Sperry, Regional Senior Vice President, International Sales, Asia Pacific, Gulfstream

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    ABACE Props Up China
    By R. Chandrakanth

    As per Corporate Jet Investor, China is ranked ninth in the number of business jets operated in the world as compared with India that is ranked 14th

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    Seat Dynamics
    By R. Chandrakanth

    For a regional airline, there is a constant need for looking at seat configuration as the routes have to be nurtured till they mature

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    Embraer Closes 2013 on a High

    Embraer’s Commercial Aviation enjoyed a record sales year in 2013, securing the sale of about 400 aircraft.

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    Betting on the Long Term
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Inspite of various speculations, the India Aviation show turned out to be a well attended and a well received event

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    Dassault Falcon Had a Good Show
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Dassault Aviation, which presented its Falcon fleet of large cabin, long range business jets - Falcon 7X trijet, the Falcon 5X and the Falcon 2000 models, had a good outing at India Aviation.

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    Honeywell Focus on Improving Airline Efficiency
    By R. Chandrakanth

    At India Aviation, Honeywell signed up with two entities to improve airline efficiency, one with Air India and other with GoAir.

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    Boeing, SpiceJet Mega Deal
    By R. Chandrakanth

    It was the only headline grabbing news – Boeing and SpiceJet formalising an order for 42 737 MAX 8s, valued at $4.4 billion at list prices.

  • BAOA Demands Separate Regulatory Framework
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The Business Aircraft Operator’s Association (BAOA ) has called for a separate regulatory framework for General Aviation (GA) to remove long prevailing bottlenecks for the sector to grow in India.

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    Gulfstream's India Debut of G650
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Gulfstream displayed two of its business jets – the G650 and the G150 at the show with the former making its India debut.

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    Sikorsky Consolidating in India
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Having delivered over 75 cabins of S92 from its Hyderabadbased joint venture with Tatas, Sikorsky considers India of strategic importance to drive its helicopter sales...

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    Beechcraft: King of Business Turboprop
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Beechcraft exhibited a Beechcraft King Air 350ER, King Air 250 and King Air C90GTx at India Aviation 2014.

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    P.180 Avanti II Distinctly Designed
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Of the 18 aircraft on static display at India Aviation 2014 in Hyderabad, Piaggio’s P.180 Avanti II cannot be missed as the aircraft is uniquely shaped and as distinct as Italian designs can get.

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    Alexander Seversky (1894-1974)
    By Joseph Noronha

    His words, “Only air power can defeat air power. The actual elimination or even stalemating of an attacking air force can be achieved only by a superior air force,” set the tone for his concept of domination of the air in all military conflict.

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

    The Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) 2014 is being held in Shanghai, China, between April 15 and 17.

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    Encashing AgustaWestland Bank Guarantees Blocked
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

    An Italian court has barred India from encashing bank guarantees worth over 2,360 crore by AgustaWestland as part of the penalties imposed after scrapping the scam-tainted 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal.

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    IAF's C-130J Plane Crashes Near Gwalior
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

    A US-made C-130J military transport plane, one of the most modern aircraft acquired recently by the IAF, crashed today near Gwalior, killing all the five crew members, including four officers.

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    MH370 Mystery
    By Group Captain (Retd) A.K. Sachdev

    The siting of debris in the Indian Ocean west of Perth appears to be a possible way forward to solving the mystery of MH370

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    Mystery Persists
    By Group Captain (Retd) A.K. Sachdev

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    Indigenisation is the Key
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

    Over the last decade, India has been embarked on a mission to modernise its armed forces through the induction of state-of-the-art weapon systems.