SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 8-2018

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    CIVIL | INTERVIEW

    EXCLUSIVE

    “We’re not chasing the competition, but creating a unique space for ourselves in the market”
    —Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara

    In an exclusive interview with Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief of SP’s Aviation, Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer of Vistara shares his optimism and outlines his vision and plans for the future growth of the airlines.

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    VIEWPOINT | AERO INDIA 2019
    Homecoming for Aero India Airshow
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Relocating such shows including Defexpo India erodes these shows’ international status and eventually sound its death knell

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    VIEWPOINT | RAFALE DEAL
    IAF Deserves Rafale Don’t Hassle the Deal
    By Air Chief Marshal S. Krishnaswamy (Retd)

    There must be serious introspection on how the government and the opposition should debate defence acquisition in a constructive manner and arrive at consensus without blocking the process

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    MILITARY | INDO-US RELATIONS
    COMCASA Enabling Interoperability
    By Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh (Retd)

    Being a ‘Major Defence Partner’ of the US, it is imperative for India to sign the mandatory three foundational pacts which allow greater interoperability between critical technologies and smooth facilitation of classified information.

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    MILITARY | EXERCISES
    IAF Exercises Pitch Black

    The Indian Air Force, for the first time participated with fighter aircraft in Exercise Pitch Black 2018 in Australia. The three week biennial multi-national exercise that was hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal.

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    MILITARY | EXERCISES
    SCO Peace Mission

    The member nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have came together at the Combined Arms Range in Chebarkul, Russia for the Exercise Peace Mission 2018 on August 24, 2018.

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    MILITARY | CONFERENCE
    Opportunities with IAF
    By Rohit Srivastava

    The latest edition of the conference, Energising Indian Aerospace Industry, in New Delhi brought together the who’s who of Indian and global military aviation

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | AIRCRAFT PURCHASE
    Before You Put a Business Jet on Your Company Radar, Know Your 4-Cs
    By Simon Davies, Sales Director, Global Jet Capital

    Why are more Indian companies choosing to fly private aircraft? As you can imagine, the benefits are numerous.

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    SHOW REPORT | FARNBOROUGH 2018
    Astonishing Numbers
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Dispelling all speculation of a dull show due to the shadow of Brexit, Farnborough saw attendance from around 100 countries, 80,000 visitors and a record Chinese presence

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

    It is indeed a matter of immense relief for the Indian as well as global aerospace industry that the MoD has decided to retain the 12th edition of the Aero India Airshow in 2019 at Yelahanka, Bengaluru with no change in time frame

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    HALL OF FAME
    Paul Meyer (1946-1969)
    By Joseph Noronha

    Paul Meyer was just a homesick youngster under considerable emotional stress who was driven to desperation by a rigid and unsympathetic system

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    LAST WORD
    Respect the Forces
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Time and again, Indian armed forces have proved their capability of providing speedy response to natural or man-made disaster. For the stellar role played, they deserve utmost respect from all.

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Appointments

    Aerion, the leader in supersonic flight, has inducted Steve Berroth into its leadership team as Senior Vice President for Operations, On July 25, 2018, Bombardier announced the following changes to its leadership team in China...

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    NEWS | DIGEST: APPOINTMENTS
    R. Madhavan takes over as CMD of HAL

    R. Madhavan has taken over as Chairman and Managing Director of HAL from T. Suvarna Raju, today. Prior to this, he was heading the Accessories Division of HAL at Lucknow as an Executive Director.

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Quick RoundUp

    China’s Yaoying II medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV has reached another milestone, Iran is now mass producing its Fakour-90 air-to-air missile which is to be used on its fleet of 40 operational F-14 Tomcat fighter jets...

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    NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Modernisation of Jaguar of the IAF

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is currently in the middle of a major $3 billion modernisation programme of its 118 Jaguar ground attack fighters which involves fitting of new engines, new avionics, communication equipment and AESA radars.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Production of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas

    Two contracts have been signed between the IAF and HAL for the LCA Tejas aircraft. The first was on March 31, 2006 for procurement of 20 Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) standard aircraft to be completed by December 2011.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Inaugural flights by IAF’S Apache, Chinook Helicopters

    Boeing and India recently took a significant step toward modernising the IAF’s helicopter fleet by completing the first flights of Apache and Chinook helicopters destined for delivery next year.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Ballistic Missile Interceptor Successfully Tested

    On August 2, 2018, DRDO successfully tested the Ballistic Missile Interceptor Advanced Area Defence (AAD) on from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. The endoatmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude...