DE­PART­MENTS A WORD FROM ED­I­TOR

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

be­fore the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion to­day is to get the Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity Scheme (RCS) off the ground as it is in the re­gional avi­a­tion seg­ment of the In­dian Air­line In­dus­try that the next phase of growth lies. En­hanc­ing re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity was the cen­tral theme of the new Na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy un­veiled by the gov­ern­ment in June 2016. This was to be achieved through RCS dubbed as Ude Desh Ka Na­grik (UDAN), a scheme con­ceived as well as the ex­pres­sion coined by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi him­self to fa­cil­i­tate travel by the masses at af­ford­able cost. Although two rounds of bid­ding for the al­lo­ca­tion of routes have been com­pleted, there ap­pear to be hur­dles in the way that have proved to be im­ped­i­ments in the progress of the scheme which so far has been some­what tardy. There is cer­tainly a need to re­view the process of im­ple­men­ta­tion of RCS and ad­dress the chal­lenges that lie ahead. The pre­req­ui­site for the suc­cess of RCS is the need to find ways to boost de­mand. An ap­praisal of the progress of the scheme by the un­der­signed is a part of this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz.

A ma­jor event that the global civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try is look­ing for­ward to is the forth­com­ing air show at Dubai to be held from Novem­ber 12 to 16 this year. At this iconic event, over 1,200 exhibitors are ex­pected to be present in­clud­ing 100 first timers. How­ever, the long stand­ing ri­valry be­tween the two global aerospace ma­jors Boe­ing and Air­bus is ex­pected to con­tinue at the forth­com­ing air show. There is a pre­view of the air show in this is­sue by Bikram Vohra writ­ing from Dubai. The au­thor also writes about the un­cer­tainty plagu­ing Air­bus over their new prod­uct, the A380plus. The for­tunes of the Euro­pean aerospace ma­jor hinges on or­ders in the fu­ture by Emi­rates that has re­ceived its 100th A380 air­liner.

R. Chan­drakanth writes that the fo­cus of the lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of power plants of air­lin­ers is to pro­duce aero en­gines that have sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency, have bet­ter thrust-weight ra­tio, gen­er­ate less noise and have much lower lev­els of emis­sion. Apart from ad­dress­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns es­pe­cially the ad­verse ef­fect of emis­sions on cli­mate change, im­prove­ments in aero en­gines of the fu­ture will cer­tainly help lower the over­all cost of op­er­a­tions which is and will con­tinue to be a crit­i­cal fac­tor in this highly com­pet­i­tive busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment pre­vail­ing in the in­dus­try. The lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world of aero en­gines such as Pratt & Whit­ney and CFM are there­fore in­vest­ing heav­ily in re­search on al­ter­na­tive fu­els as also in ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies such as ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing and nano-ma­te­ri­als to make even greener, qui­eter and far more ef­fi­cient en­gines.

Air­bus and Boe­ing have al­ways been on a neck-on-neck race for in­no­va­tion and dom­i­na­tion of the global mar­ket. In Septem­ber 2015, in an en­deav­our to ex­ploit cre­ative and in­ven­tive ideas from within its own do­main as also from cus­tomers, part­ners and in­dus­try, Air­bus launched its own aerospace busi­ness ac­cel­er­a­tor in Toulouse. The ven­ture dubbed as Air­bus BizLab, was there­after repli­cated in Ben­galuru. In­dia has thus been one of the early ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this ini­tia­tive. A de­tailed re­port of Air­bus BizLab by A.K. Sachdev has been in­cluded in this is­sue.

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

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