SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 2-2016

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    REGIONAL AVIATION | E190-E2 ROLL OUT
    A Milestone Created
    By R. Chandrakanth

    With an investment of $1.7 billion, the E2 programme was launched in June 2013 and reinforces Embraer’s commitment to continuously invest in its commercial aviation products as well as maintain market leadership in the segment of 70 to 130 seats

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    MILITARY | VIEWPOINT
    Indo-US Defence Ties
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    India and the US share strategic objectives and one area in which there is positive convergence between the two nations is the rising threat from China

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    MILITARY | MAKE IN INDIA
    A Fighter Made in India?
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Failure of the contract for 126 MMRCA has accentuated the urgency for the IAF to explore other options to procure combat aircraft to arrest the disconcerting erosion in operational capability

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    CIVIL | AIRLINES
    Time to Fly
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Presently there seems to be a semblance of balance, equity, growth, good ATF pricing, forward movement and proactiveness on the part of the government, all of which are propping up the aviation industry in a positive manner

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    CIVIL | GROUND HANDLING
    Complexity of Ground Handling
    By Group Captain A.K. Sachdev (Retd)

    The aim is to encourage consolidation in ground handling through stakeholder consultations to achieve economy of scale and higher efficiency without compromising service quality and safety

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    CIVIL | UNMANNED
    UAVs Jostling for Air Space
    By Group Captain B. Menon (Retd)

    With a flood of devices operating in regulated airspace, proper air traffic control mechanisms becomes a matter of utmost urgency both for air safety and airspace security

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    CIVIL | ENGINES
    This Year, it is all about LEAP
    By R. Chandrakanth

    As the engine stands on the verge of entering commercial service later this year, the LEAP programme is delivering on all of its commitments.

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    REGIONAL AVIATION | POLICY
    The Next Big Wave
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The government is creating an environment for regional aviation to become a reality as pan-India development can alone add momentum to the country’s economic growth

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | ECONOMY
    Business Jet: Nomenclature Says it All
    By R. Chandrakanth

    There is a perception among many, particularly those in government circles, that business jets are for the rich and famous with no contribution to the economy. This is far from the truth.

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    SHOW PREVIEW | INDIA AVIATION 2016
    Taking Stock
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The government has proposed to promote the growth of Indian aviation sector in a significant manner as the development of this sector has a multiplier effect on the economy

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    SHOW REPORT | SINGAPORE AIRSHOW
    Asia-Pacific, the Region to Watch
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Though there are murmurs that there would be a downturn in the aerospace sector, industry experts have dismissed it by giving figures of growing aircraft numbers

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    Hall of Fame
    Frank Hawks (1897-1938)
    By Joseph Noronha

    Frank Hawks gained fame as a member of the Gates Flying Circus wherein he was part of the team that performed the world’s first inflight refuelling in 1921

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

    A number of proactive steps taken by the Indian government or are being contemplated have provided the much needed impetus to the Indian airline industry

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    News with Views
    US Congres Stalls F-16 Sale to Pakistan
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    As per reports in the Pakistani media, the US Congress has stalled a planned sale of eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. The Obama Administration had informally notified Congress of its intention to sell eight F-16s to Pakistan during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington in October last year.

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    Last Word
    Regulate Domestic Fares
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Fares charged by Indian carriers are labile and often appear to be designed to exploit the air passenger especially in the holiday season during which demand outstrips supply