NBAA-BACE held from Oc­to­ber 16 to 18 this year, was heav­ily sub­scribed both by ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors, was clearly fo­cused on the fu­ture of the busi­ness avi­a­tion in­dus­try and the mood amongst the thou­sand plus com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ing was upbeat

SP's Aviation - - A WORD - JAYANT BARAN­WAL PUB­LISHER & ED­I­TOR- IN- CHIEF

The In­dian Air Force (IAF) cel­e­brated its 86th an­niver­sary on Oc­to­ber 08 this year. The event was marked by a grand pa­rade at Air Force Sta­tion, Hin­don where the spec­ta­tors were im­pressed by the im­mac­u­late drill move­ments and demon­stra­tion by the Air War­riors Drill Team. What truly en­thralled the au­di­ence was the aerial dis­play by the Surya Ki­ran Aer­o­batic Team con­sist­ing of nine Hawk Ad­vanced Jet Trainer Air­craft. On this oc­ca­sion, per­son­nel of the IAF, both serv­ing and re­tired, were fe­lic­i­tated by the Pres­i­dent of In­dia, the Supreme Com­man­der of the Armed Forces, Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia and Min­is­ter of De­fence. In their mes­sage, the na­tional leadership ac­knowl­edged the yeomen ser­vice ren­dered by the Air War­riors and their con­tri­bu­tion to na­tional se­cu­rity.

A ma­jor step for­ward by the Gov­ern­ment to strengthen na­tional se­cu­rity, has been the deal to pur­chase the Rus­sian S-400 Tri­umf air de­fence mis­sile sys­tem. This will sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance the air de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity of the IAF es­pe­cially in the con­text of its dwin­dling com­bat fleet and the es­ca­lat­ing threat from ad­ver­saries. An anal­y­sis by Group Cap­tain A.K. Sachdev of the se­cu­rity threat and the pos­si­bil­ity of a two-front war is in­cluded in this is­sue. The Gov­ern­ment has now gone ahead with the deal un­der an omi­nous pos­si­bil­ity of sanc­tions by the US, de­liv­er­ing a clear mes­sage to the US on In­dia’s per­spec­tive of strate­gic au­ton­omy in mat­ters of na­tional se­cu­rity. An ar­ti­cle on this ac­qui­si­tion of the S-400 has been in­cluded in this is­sue of the mag­a­zine.

A ma­jor event re­lated to civil avi­a­tion was the NBAA’s Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion held from 16 to 18 Oc­to­ber this year in the US. The event heav­ily sub­scribed both by ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors, was clearly fo­cused on the fu­ture of the busi­ness avi­a­tion in­dus­try and the mood amongst the thou­sand plus com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ing was upbeat. A de­tailed re­port of the event is a part of this is­sue of SP’s Avi­a­tion.

Speak­ing of Busi­ness Avi­a­tion, Ro­hit Ka­pur, third time Pres­i­dent of the Busi­ness Air­craft Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, talks about the ills that plague the busi­ness avi­a­tion seg­ment of the In­dian civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try and the re­forms needed to help this seg­ment of the in­dus­try to grow and flour­ish in In­dia. Cur­rently, the ex­ist­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions are vir­tu­ally chok­ing the in­dus­try, thereby stunt­ing its growth. A de­tailed record of views and ideas as ex­pounded by Ro­hit Ka­pur fig­ures in this is­sue of SP’s Avi­a­tion.

The CFM Leadership team was in In­dia re­cently on the oc­ca­sion of the 10th An­niver­sary of the LEAP En­gine. Jayant Baran­wal, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief, SP’s Avi­a­tion, spoke to Gaël Me­heust, Pres­i­dent & CEO, on CFM’s com­mit­ment to In­dian Avi­a­tion. CFM In­ter­na­tional is a 50:50 part­ner­ship with Safran Air­craft En­gines & GE. By the end of Au­gust 2018, LEAP has re­ported a soar­ing or­der book of 16,300+ en­gines and a con­fi­dence of 72+ oper­a­tors in 5 con­ti­nents. In In­dia, CFM plans to de­liver 1,000 en­gines in the com­ing years and also sup­ports the air­lin­ers with a train­ing cen­ter in Hy­der­abad ded­i­cated to CFM56 and LEAP1A and LEAP-1B.

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

Jai Hind!

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