SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 12-2020

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    MILITARY | 1971 - 50 YEARS
    IAF’s Role in the War with Pakistan in 1971
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    For the first time in the history of warfare, an armoured thrust was defeated by air action alone in just two days

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    MILITARY | REFUELLER
    KC-46, a Versatile Platform
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The KC-46 Pegasus is a versatile aerial refuelling platform available in the global market that is ushering in a new era of efficient in-flight refuelling of military aircraft

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    SPACE | ISS
    Two Decades of Humans in Space
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    A symbol of exploration, possibilities, research & collaboration, the International Space Station completes twenty years of human habitation beyond planet earth

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    EXCLUSIVE

    SPACE | INTERVIEW
    “ISS is an amazing accomplished engineering and social experiment” -Dr Kirt Costello, ISS Chief Scientist from NASA

    In an exclusive interview on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS), Dr Kirt Costello, ISS Chief Scientist from NASA...

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    SPACE | SPACEX
    SpaceX’s 25th launch this year; strengthens commercial spaceflight
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    On December 13, Falcon 9 launched the SXM-7 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Station, Florida, marking SpaceX’s 25th mission just in 2020.

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    SPACE | LUNAR PROBE
    China’s Unmanned Spacecraft Returns to Earth
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Chang’e 5’s successful lunar landing, sample collection and return to earth, makes China the third nation to bring samples back from the moon, after the US and the former Soviet Union.

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    SPACE | ISRO
    Communication Satellite Launched
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Given ISRO’s track record so far, the nation would have a high degree of confidence in the organisation and its ability to achieve goals set for itself

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | POLICY
    AERA’s Apathy towards Indian GA/BA Industry
    By Group Captain Rajesh K. Bali (Retd)

    The ‘Airport Economic Regulatory Authority’ (AERA) was formed in the year 2009 after enactment of AERA Act by Indian parliament in 2008. AERA’s sole function is to determine the optimal charges for aeronautical services at public airport...

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | ROLL-OUT
    Dassault Aviation’s Highly Anticipated Roll-Out
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    In a first virtual socially distance rollout, the 6X, said to have the largest cabin cross section of any purpose-built business jet had its debut

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | NBAA-VBACE
    Inaugural Virtual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 2020
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The year 2020 has been nothing short of an adventure that exposed everyone to unprecedented challenges and nudged them towards unique innovations. The aviation industry has been no different...

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

    Throughout the last 20 years of inhabiting human life in space, the International Space Station has been orbiting earth as a symbol of possibility, exploration, potential, science, engineering, and working together

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    HALL OF FAME
    Günther Rall (1918 - 2009)
    By Joseph Noronha

    When the Second World War ended, Günther Rall had reached 275 victories and had been awarded some of Germany’s highest military honours

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    LAST WORD
    Safeguard Satellites
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Unless, ISRO develops the capability of safeguarding its satellites from anti-satellite weapons of the enemy, this vital segment of national security can easily be compromised