DEPARTMENTS A WORD FROM 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!