SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 5/6-2020

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    VVIP-VIP MOVEMENT | EMBRAER LEGACY
    15 Years’ legacy with the IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    IAF selected the Embraer Legacy Business Jet for VVIP and VIP transport after an elaborate process of evaluation of the platform against a number of contending aircraft of similar size and capability.

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    VVIP-VIP MOVEMENT | EMBRAER LEGACY
    Induction of the ‘Legacy’ Embraer EMB 135BJ: Dawn of a New Era

    Reproduced from SP’s Aviation 3/2005. This issue had published a first-hand exhaustive coverage of IAF’s Communication Squadron’s Embraer jets which had just arrived and inducted by the Squadron, in the same year

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    VVIP-VIP MOVEMENT | EMBRAER LEGACY
    Ex-Pilot Account
    By Group Captain Amit Roongta (Retd)

    Keeping in mind the requirements of more long haul commitments as our diplomatic needs widen, it is strongly suggested that the newer long range Embraer Legacy 650 with extended fuel tanks may be considered.

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    VVIP-VIP MOVEMENT | EMBRAER LEGACY
    Operational Capabilities & Technical Specifications of the ‘Legacy’

    Reproduced from SP’s Aviation 3/2005. This issue had published a first-hand exhaustive coverage of IAF’s Communication Squadron’s Embraer jets which had just arrived and inducted by the Squadron, in the same year

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    INDIA & CHINA STANDOFF | VIEWPOINT
    Diligent Efforts - The Need of the Hour
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The nation needs to be concerned about the overall strategic and economic relations with China which have been in turmoil in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

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    INDIA & CHINA STANDOFF | IAF
    Morale Booster by the Chief of the Air Staff, IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    “The development on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh is a small snapshot of what we are required to handle at a short notice”, said the Chief of the Air Staff

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    MILITARY | RAFALE
    Coming - Rafale Fighters
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With delivery delayed till the end of July 2020 due to COVID-19 related issues, upon arrival the Rafale fighter aircraft will significantly boost the air power of the Indian Air Force and enhance the overall combat potential and deterrence value

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    SPACE | SPACEX
    SpaceX: Is this a beginning of space tourism?
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    This mission marked the first time a commercially developed space vehicle, owned and operated by a private entity rather than NASA, carried Americans into orbit

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    CIVIL | 737 MAX
    Boeing resumes the production of 737 Max
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    After five months of inactivity, the aerospace manufacturer begins with the restart of production of controversial jetliners

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    COVID-19 | BUSINESS AVIATION
    Post COVID-19 world likely to witness a rise in flying private
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    There are as many as 700 touchpoints exposing passengers to the risk of contagion on a single commercial flight, compared to just 20 such in business aviation.

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    COVID-19 | BUSINESS AVIATION
    At last Private aircraft and Charter operations see some action
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    To bring back stranded Indians from overseas, the government finally issued guidelines for an order to allow non-scheduled domestic operations, post two months of travel restrictions.

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    COVID-19 | AIR TRAVEL SAFETY
    Travel Protection Kit
    By Harish Chandra

    Wearing a travel kit (PPE) should be made mandatory for all passengers on domestic flights or on any other transportation mode. Since this travel kit gives traveller head to toe protection, it will boost up the confidence of all travelers.

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

    The Indian Air Force is determined to deliver and will never let the sacrifice of our brave hearts of Galwan Valley to go in vain

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    NEWS WITH VIEWS
    Enhancement in FDI in defence manufacturing
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    On May 16, 2020, Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance announced that global companies can now invest up to 74 per cent in the country’s defence manufacturing sector as against the existing limit of 49 per cent for foreign direct investment (FDI) under the automatic route i.e. without the need for prior approval by the Government.

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    LAST WORD
    Time Frame & Quality is the Key
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    If time frame and quality criteria are not achievable by Indian aerospace industry then reliance on indigenous products will continue to remain a distant dream

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    NEWS | DIGEST
    Women in Aviation International (India chapter) and Lockheed Martin India advance STEM education in India
    By SP’s Correspondent

    The initiative aims to support ongoing mentoring and remote engagement for middle and high school students to promote careers in aerospace and aviation

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY: ASIA-PACIFIC
    Capital acquisition deliveries of domestic manufactures extended by four months due to COVID-19

    On June 12, 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that it had extended the delivery period for all existing capital acquisition contracts with the Indian vendors by four months due to supply chain disruptions arising out of COVID-19 pandemic.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY: ASIA-PACIFIC
    Defence Ministry signs contract with Tata Power sed for infrastructure modernisation at 37 airfields

    The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Tata Power SED on May 8, 2020 for the modernisation of infrastructure at 37 airfields of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy at a cost of around Rs 1,200 crore in Phase Two of Modernisation of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) programme.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY: AMERICAS
    US Air Force’s quest for superior air-to-air missiles

    The US Air Force is looking for “novel” approaches to a new class of faster and longer-range air-to-air missiles, according to a request for information released on May 5, 2020.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: EUROPE
    France’s €15 billion package to ‘save’ aerospace sector

    On June 9, 2020, France launched a €15-billion ($17 billion) support plan for its aerospace industry, accelerating research on a green jetliner and warning 1,00,000 French jobs could be lost due to the coronavirus crisis.

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Appointments

    Raytheon Technologies has appointed Dantaya Williams as Chief Human Resources Officer. Williams will report to Greg Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, Raytheon Technologies.

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Quick RoundUp

    On May 5, 2020, after five months of preparation, the OCCAR-EA Director, Matteo Bisceglia and Airbus Defence and Space representatives, Didier Plantecoste and Hervé Daumas signed Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) Contract Amendment 9.