SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 1-2023

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    TECHNOLOGY | NEW LAUNCH
    The ‘Future’ is Here
    By Rohit Goel

    Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force Introduce the B-21 Raider, the World’s First Sixth-Generation Aircraft

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    TECHNOLOGY | TRAINING
    Flight Simulators
    By Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh (Retd)

    There is a growing demand for simulators for commercial, business and regional aircraft, which enable real-life scenario, which can be re-configured or possibly be upgraded to support newer aircraft models and the focus on manufacturing such simulators will drive the growth of the players

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    TECHNOLOGY | TRAINING
    Leading Flight Simulators
    By Rohit Goel

    Modern full-flight simulators are so realistic that a student pilot can learn to fly from scratch in the virtual world and step directly into an aircraft for real-world, leave-theground checkout flights.

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    MILITARY | FORCE MULTIPLIER
    C-390: Crafting a Smooth Multi-mission Airlift
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Flying faster and delivering more cargo, both the C-390 Millennium and the KC-390 variant are the right sized platform for major deployment scenarios

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    MILITARY | IAF FLY-PAST
    Spectacular @ 26 January

    The 74th Republic Day parade concluded with a spectacular flypast by the Indian Air Force despite the inclement weather

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    MILITARY | FIGHTERS
    The (Un)Reliable JF-17
    By Group Captain D.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Pakistan had in mind a fighter jet that would be at par with the Su-30 MKI, MiG-29, and Mirage 2000. However, because the JF-17 is a low-cost fighter built with sub-standard Chinese avionics and armaments, the aircraft is significantly below its anticipated capabilities.

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    ENGINES | CFM
    Leaping Ahead
    By Joseph Noronha

    CFM International is on song. Since 1974, 50,000+ CFM56 and LEAP engines have been ordered. Till May 2022, more than 5,400 LEAP engines have been delivered and the company enjoys a 10,000+ order backlog for LEAP.

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

    Advancement is key; be it technology, regulations, capabilities and contacts. The grand Republic Day Parade, held this year, also promoted advancement in local defence manufacturing by displaying only ‘Made-in-India’ weapon systems.

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    HALL OF FAME
    Bell X-1: The First Supersonic Aircraft
    By Joseph Noronha

    The Bell X-1 was a marvel of aeronautical engineering. The fuselage was shaped like a 0.50 calibre Browning machine gun bullet, which was known to be stable at supersonic speeds.

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    LAST WORD
    Must Address on Priority
    By Air Vice Marshal Sanjay Bhatnagar (Retd)

    In a recent seminar, Chief of the Air Staff said that there are certain critical deficiencies like shortage of fighter squadrons and force multipliers which must be addressed on priority to retain our combat edge

  • NEWS DIGEST
    DIAL & Adone Events Launch Air Expo India

    Air Expo India, a brand new general and business aviation exhibition, will be hosted by Delhi International Airport (a GMR Airports Limited company) on November 22-24, 2023 at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

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    NEWS DIGEST
    Opening of Pratt & Whitney India Engineering Centre

    Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies business, officially opened the doors to its new India Engineering Centre (IEC) in Bengaluru.

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    NEWS DIGEST
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Reviews Aero India 2023 Preparations

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the preparations of the forthcoming Aero India during the apex committee meeting held in New Delhi on January 24, 2023.

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    NEWS DIGEST
    Exercise ‘Veer Guardian 2023’ Concludes

    The inaugural edition of the bilateral air exercise ‘Veer Guardian 2023’ between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) concluded in Japan, on January 26, 2023.

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    NEWS DIGEST
    First Fuselage for Indian Army AH-64 Apache

    Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) has delivered the first fuselage for six AH-64 Apache attack helicopters ordered by the Indian Army from its state-of-the-art facility in Hyderabad.

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    NEWS DIGEST
    L3Harris to Acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne

    L3Harris Technologies and Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings together announced the signing of a definitive agreement for L3Harris to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne.

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    NEWS DIGEST
    Successful First Flight of F-16 Block 70 Aircraft

    Lockheed Martin announced the successful first flight of the F-16 Block 70 at its South Carolina site. The flight occurred January 24 and total flight time was approximately 50 minutes and included airworthiness checks...

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    NEWS DIGEST
    Boeing Selected for NASA Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Award

    NASA has selected Boeing and its industry team to lead the development and flight testing of a full-scale Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) demonstrator airplane.

  • NEWS DIGEST
    Appointment

    Air Marshal Pankaj Mohan Sinha assumed command of the Indian Air Force’s Western Air Command on January 1, 2023.
    Boeing announced that Dr. Brendan Nelson will take over as President of Boeing International (BI) and lead the company’s international strategy and corporate operations.