A WORD FROM ED­I­TOR

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

THE FARN­BOR­OUGH IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AIRSHOW (FIA) 2018 was held in July this year in its usual venue in the United King­dom. Staged since 1948, this bi­en­nial event al­ter­nat­ing with the Airshow in Paris, is to­day, the sec­ond largest Airshow in the world and is a fo­rum for net­work­ing in the do­main of the global aero­space in­dus­try, both mil­i­tary and civil. De­spite the shadow of Brexit, FIA 2018 was the high point for the global civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try as the event was clearly dom­i­nated by Boe­ing and Air­bus, the two global aero­space ma­jors who only re­in­forced their lead in the global air­line mar­ket. A re­port on the Airshow by Ro­hit Sri­vas­tava of SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions fig­ures in this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz.

A Tata-Sin­ga­pore Air­lines joint ven­ture full ser­vice car­rier Vis­tara that com­menced op­er­a­tions in In­dia in 2015 has a vi­sion for growth in the fu­ture that in­deed is im­pres­sive. This is­sue of the SP’s AirBuz car­ries an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view of Les­lie Thng, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Vis­tara wherein he shares plans of the air­line for the fu­ture and his op­ti­mism about the prospects of growth of the car­rier.

Pratyush Ku­mar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia along with Ankur Kana­glekar, Di­rec­tor, Strat­egy and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Boe­ing In­dia, write about the com­pany’s new ven­ture to ex­ploit the next gen­er­a­tion of game-chang­ing ideas, tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts and mar­kets. To­wards this end, a new ef­fort by way of Boe­ing HorizonX In­dia In­no­va­tion Chal­lenge 1.0 was launched to cat­alyze in­no­va­tion across the evolv­ing aero­space ecosys­tem in In­dia. In Boe­ing’s per­cep­tion, In­dia is home to the world’s third largest start-up ecosys­tem which is a tes­ti­mony to the in­her­ent in­no­va­tion and the en­trepreneurial streak that In­dia’s tal­ent pool har­bours.

A ma­jor chal­lenge that lead­ing en­gine man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world are con­fronted with to­day, is the ur­gent need to im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency of aero en­gines and lower emis­sions. The good news is that there has been sig­nif­i­cant progress in this area and hope­fully aero en­gines of the fu­ture will have much lower lev­els of emis­sions. In this is­sue of the mag­a­zine, there is an ar­ti­cle by J. Noronha on new en­gine de­signs that are aimed at ad­dress­ing the is­sue of en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion. While the In­dian aero­space in­dus­try has notched up mod­er­ate suc­cess in the de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of mil­i­tary air­craft, it has made lit­tle or no progress in the do­main of civil air­craft. In an ar­ti­cle in this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz, Sukhchain Singh has an in-depth anal­y­sis of the is­sue of the to­tally indige­nous pro­duc­tion of a civil air­liner by the In­dian aero­space in­dus­try.

De­spite the huge po­ten­tial, ef­forts since 2010 by the pri­vate sec­tor to launch sea­plane ser­vices in In­dia have not suc­ceeded and had to be aban­doned on ac­count of strin­gent reg­u­la­tory frame work and the is­sue of fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity. How­ever, with the re­cent ini­tia­tives by the govern­ment in this do­main, there ap­pears to be a strong pos­si­bil­ity of this seg­ment of the in­dus­try be­com­ing a re­al­ity. An­other ini­tia­tive in the do­main of civil avi­a­tion that is be­ing seen as a game-changer for the civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try, was the first flight pow­ered by bio-fuel un­der­taken by SpiceJet air­craft on Au­gust 27, this year. A brief re­port on this his­toric event has been in­cluded in this is­sue. All this and more in this is­sue of SP’s AirBuz. Wel­come ome aboard and happy landin land­ings! Jai Hind!

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