SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 6-2015

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Issue Features

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    TECHNOLOGY | UAV
    Drone Syndrome
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The concern is not so much about UAV technologies but the proliferation of UAVs in the near future as they become cheaper and lot more accessible

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    MILITARY | Procurement
    The End of a Dilemma
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The DPP needs to be restructured to make it resilient enough to meet with the demands of national security and not have defence procurement deals mired in procedural complexities

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    MILITARY | Viewpoint
    Highways – A Force Multiplier
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    During war, airbases would have to be specifically tasked to be prepared to activate the landing strip on the highway at practically a moment’s notice

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    MILITARY | Viewpoint
    1 Year Gone By – Not in Vain!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Modi government has the capability to deliver; but will need time

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    CIVIL | Viewpoint
    1 Year of Modi Government
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Indian civil aviation industry needs decisive and concerted action by the government if it has to be extricated from the morass that it has descended into

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    CIVIL | Regional Aviation
    Rise of The Middle Class
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Increasing trade and the emergence of middle classes in Asia, Latin America and Africa are driving the need for greater connectivity within these regions...

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    CIVIL | Regional Aviation
    Tailwinds for Chinese Carriers
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Embraer has forecast that China’s domestic carriers would need 950 regional jets with 30 to 120 seats in the next 20 years, accounting for 14 per cent of the global demand

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | Viewpoint
    1 Year of Modi & General Aviation
    By Group Captain Rajesh K. Bali (Retd)

    It would be prudent to assume that Prime Minister, having flown to all the nook and corner of India during a very hectic election campaign in March-April 2014 using small GA/BA aircraft, realised the vital importance of pan India air connectivity

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | Falcon 5X
    Falcon 5X Rolls Out
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The 5,200-nm-range Falcon 5X will offer the largest and tallest cabin cross-section of any business jet and is expected to make its first flight later this summer

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    SHOW PREVIEW | Paris Air Show 2015
    The French Connection
    By R. Chandrakanth

    From an Indian perspective, the iconic Paris International Air Show is significant as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ mantra is going to resonate at Le Bourget

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    SHOW REPORT | EBACE 2015
    Signs of Recovery
    By R. Chandrakanth

    At EBACE, Bombardier released a market report which pegs the next decade deliveries at 9,000, indicating that the business jet segment is on its recovery path

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    Hall of Fame
    Geraldine Mock (1925-2014)
    By Joseph Noronha

    The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale recognised her as the first woman to fly solo around the world, certified her record for speed around the world and awarded her the Louis Blériot medal

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

    With decision making in the Ministry of Defence picking up speed, the IAF can now proceed with confidence to formulate plans to address the issues of critical shortages in aircraft

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    News With Views
    Tejas Mark-I Fails to Meet IAF Criteria
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    India’s light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas project that was launched over three decades ago has come under severe criticism from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). The government’s watchdog has pointed out that the Mark-I version of the Tejas has 53 significant shortfalls which have reduced its operational capabilities and survivability.

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    Last Word
    Need for Concerted Action
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Parliamentary Committee’s observation that the IAF was suffering from critical shortages in the areas of both combat aircraft and pilots is unfortunately the grim reality today