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SP's Airbuz - - Table Of Contents - B.K. B. K. Pandey Ed­i­tor

ONE OF THE PROB­LEMS that af­flicts the In­dian air­line in­dus­try and which is likely get worse with the pas­sage of time is the con­ges­tion at the six ma­jor air­ports that serve as hubs. In this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz, R. Chan­drakanth analy­ses the prob­lem and ex­plains how re­gional jet air­lin­ers can be used mit­i­gate this prob­lem. The other prob­lem per­tains to the grow­ing men­ace of un­reg­u­lated op­er­a­tions by Drones and its im­pli­ca­tions for air safety. This is­sue car­ries a piece by the un­der­signed on the sub­ject of proper in­te­gra­tion of Drones with manned air traf­fic in civil airspace. In his ar­ti­cle in this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz on Airport Se­cu­rity, Lt Gen­eral P.C. Ka­toch (Retd) delves on the in­ad­e­quate se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at civil air­ports in In­dia and how ex­ploita­tion of this weak­ness by anti-na­tional el­e­ments could have se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions for na­tional se­cu­rity.

A ma­jor event on the global aviation scene in the re­cent past was the 52nd Air Show at Paris held from June 19 to 25 at the Le Bour­get airport. The two lead­ing aerospace ma­jors in the global civil aviation in­dus­try dis­played their lat­est prod­ucts and notched up large or­ders. Boe­ing launched the 737 MAX 10, the new­est mem­ber of the 737 MAX fam­ily, with more than 361 or­ders and Air­bus an­nounced $39.7 bil­lion worth of new busi­ness in­clud­ing firm or­ders for 144 air­lin­ers. Embraer, the aerospace ma­jor from Brazil dis­played the E195-E2, the ‘Profit Hunter’ which is the new­est mem­ber of the com­pany’s fam­ily of re­gional jets. A de­tailed re­port on the civil aviation com­po­nent of the Paris Air Show by R. Chan­drakanth fig­ures in this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz.

Given the re­cent pol­icy changes, Pratt & Whitney sees tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties the Re­gional Connectivity Scheme will gen­er­ate for the civil aviation in­dus­try. In an interview con­ducted by Neetu Dhu­lia of SP’s AirBuz, Palash Roy Chowd­hury, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Pratt & Whitney In­dia, made it clear that the com­pany sees In­dia as an im­por­tant strate­gic mar­ket and sup­ports the ‘ Make in In­dia’ cam­paign of the Modi-led govern­ment that trans­lates its vi­sion of mak­ing In­dia a global man­u­fac­tur­ing hub. A re­port on the in­ter­ac­tion is a part of this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz. Embraer too is highly op­ti­mistic about the mar­ket prospects in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion. The com­pany es­ti­mates that the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion, in­clud­ing China, will see re­ceive 1,710 new air­lin­ers by 2036 and in the next two decades, the to­tal in-ser­vice fleet will reach 1,790 air­craft. In a one-on-one with SP’s AirBuz, Ce­sar Pereira, the newly ap­pointed Vice Pres­i­dent, Commercial Aviation Asi­aPa­cific,tof Embraer, out­lines his vi­sion and plans for the re­gion.

Honeywell In­ter­na­tional broke new ground in In­dia when for the first time, it show­cased a Boe­ing 757 re­mod­elled as a ‘ Con­nected Air­craft’. The high speed connectivity that this tech­nol­ogy of­fers, adds a new di­men­sion in the ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity of plat­forms em­ployed in the civil aviation in­dus­try across the board and has the po­ten­tial to be a game changer. The com­pany sees a huge mar­ket for this in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy not only in In­dia, but in the global mar­ket as well. Neelu Kha­tri, Pres­i­dent Aerospace, Honeywell In­dia, elab­o­rates on this con­cept in a dis­cus­sion with Ro­hit Goel of SP’s AirBuz.

All this and more in this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz. Wel­come aboard and wish you happy land­ings!

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