A Word from Ed­i­tor-in-Chief


cov­er­ing both mil­i­tary and civil avi­a­tion, was the iconic Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Airshow 2018 held in July this year. The Airshow this year was on even a greater scale and was clearly dom­i­nated by the civil avi­a­tion seg­ment of the global aero­space in­dus­try. A re­port on the Airshow by Ro­hit Sri­vas­tava of SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions fig­ures in this is­sue of SP’s Avi­a­tion.

Ef­fort by the NDA Govern­ment to pro­cure 36 Rafale jets from Das­sault Avi­a­tion of France in place of the failed ten­der for 126 Medium Multi-Role Com­bat Air­craft to meet the ur­gent needs of the IAF too has got em­broiled in an ugly po­lit­i­cal con­tro­versy dis­tort­ing the process of de­fence pro­cure­ment. In this is­sue of SP’s Avi­a­tion, Air Chief Mar­shal S. Kr­ish­naswamy (Retd), for­mer Chief of the Air Staff of the IAF, has placed the con­tract for 36 Rafale jets in the cor­rect per­spec­tive and has shown a way out for pro­cure­ment of mil­i­tary hard­ware with­out con­tro­versy.

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 Avi­a­tion car­ries an 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.

In a brief ar­ti­cle in this is­sue of the mag­a­zine, Si­mon Davies, Sales Di­rec­tor, Global Jet Cap­i­tal, elab­o­rates on the four fac­tors that pro­pel the mar­ket for busi­ness air­craft. Th­ese are con­sid­er­a­tions re­lated to com­fort, con­ve­nience, ca­pac­ity and cost-ef­fi­ciency that of­fer clear ad­van­tages of travel to the busi­ness com­mu­nity by owned or leased plat­forms as op­posed to travel by air­lines.

In the first week of Septem­ber this year, the land­mark Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­pat­i­bil­ity and Se­cu­rity Agree­ment (COM­CASA) be­tween In­dia and the US was signed dur­ing the ‘Two-PlusTwo’ di­a­logue at New Delhi. This agree­ment is ex­pected to pro­vide a ma­jor boost to Indo-US re­la­tions mak­ing In­dia’s sta­tus

It is in­deed a mat­ter of im­mense relief for the In­dian as well as global aero­space in­dus­try that the MoD has de­cided to re­tain the 12th edi­tion of the Aero In­dia Airshow in 2019 at Ye­la­hanka, Ben­galuru with no change in time frame

as ‘Ma­jor De­fence Part­ner,” of the US far more mean­ing­ful. In this is­sue of SP’s Avi­a­tion, Air Mar­shal Sukhchain Singh (Retd) has a de­tailed anal­y­sis of the agree­ment and its im­pli­ca­tions. This is­sue of the mag­a­zine also car­ries a re­port by Ro­hit Sri­vas­tava on a sem­i­nar in New Delhi or­gan­ised by the IAF along with other or­gan­i­sa­tions on the ways to reen­er­gise the In­dian Aero­space In­dus­try.

It is in­deed a mat­ter of im­mense relief for the In­dian as well as global aero­space in­dus­try that the MoD has de­cided to re­tain the 12th edi­tion of the Aero In­dia Airshow at Ye­la­hanka with no change in time frame. News about the plan of the MoD to shift the Airshow out of Ben­galuru to Air Force Sta­tion Bak­shi Ka Talab near Lucknow, had gen­er­ated con­sid­er­able anx­i­ety and even a de­gree of dis­may amongst the lead­ing play­ers in the aero­space in­dus­try both in In­dia and abroad. Mer­ci­fully, bet­ter sense has pre­vailed. The next log­i­cal step would be to bring De­f­expo In­dia back to New Delhi as ex­plained in this is­sue by Air Mar­shal B.K. Pandey (Retd).

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

Jai Hind!

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