DEPARTMENTS A WORD FROM EDITOR
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!