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SP's Aviation - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - JAYANT BARANWAL PUB­LISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

WE HAVE GREAT EX­PEC­TA­TIONS FROM NAREN­DRA MODI LED GOV­ERN­MENT. AS SU­NIL MUN­JAL OF HERO GROUP RIGHTLY SAID AT AIMA CON­CLAVE (TO­DAY THE 22ND MARCH), WE SHALL KEEP PUSH­ING THE GOV­ERN­MENT FOR BET­TER­MENT. BET­TER­MENT FOR OUR KEY SHOW PROP­ER­TIES.

TTHERE HAS BEEN A sense of déjà vu with Aero India. The re­cently con­cluded 11th edi­tion of Aero India at Air Force Sta­tion in Ye­la­hanka, Ben­galuru, saw a de­cline of nearly 200 ex­hibitors and has be­come more chaotic. In stature, it has not grown. Dubai, Sin­ga­pore and other air shows in the re­gion have over­taken India. Un­der the dy­namic and wis­est pos­si­ble lead­er­ship of our Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi we are wit­ness­ing an ocean of ef­forts to­wards im­prove­ments of many sec­tors and many is­sues within ev­ery sec­tor. Some­how we are un­able to wit­ness any im­prove­ment to­wards han­dling of shows such as Aero India (and De­f­expo) which are los­ing lu­mi­nos­ity and mag­netism com­pared to var­i­ous other shows tak­ing place in Asia also re­flect­ing in the num­ber of ex­hibitors com­ing from of­fi­cial web­site it­self. It has be­come one other event in the bi­en­nial cal­en­dar, but with a de­clin­ing trend, in terms of or­gan­i­sa­tion, fa­cil­i­ties and en­gage­ment with ex­hibitors, in terms of num­ber of par­tic­i­pants, in terms of deals and in terms of scale and depth.

Now, there is some think­ing at the min­is­te­rial level that India should have one mega show, club­bing the two al­ter­nate bi­en­ni­als — Aero India, Ben­galuru and India Avi­a­tion, Hyderabad. While this makes per­fect sense, the chal­lenges are go­ing to dou­ble, con­sid­er­ing that the shows are held by the min­istries, more or less, strapped by bu­reau­cratic pro­ce­dures. We have in­cluded an ex­ten­sive re­port on Aero India which re­flects the push by the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ cam­paign to the fore. There has been a clear shift in fo­cus in the wake of the in­di­geni­sa­tion cam­paign with more and more orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs) eye­ing joint ven­ture, col­lab­o­ra­tion, part­ner­ship, etc, with lo­cal In­dian com­pa­nies. Post Aero India, there has been a change in the de­fence port­fo­lio with Manohar Par­rikar re­turn­ing as Goa Chief Min­is­ter and the Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley be­ing given ad­di­tional port­fo­lio of de­fence. It is hoped that the min­istry will have soon a full-fledged min­is­ter.

Mean­while, civil avi­a­tion in India is at the cross­roads, while one road beck­ons it to­wards the No. 3 spot in world avi­a­tion, the other road shows how it is rid­dled with chal­lenges and has po­ten­tial to de­rail some seg­ments at least, one of them be­ing re­gional air­lines. Even while the gov­ern­ment is ag­gres­sively mak­ing a case for re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity with the Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity Scheme (RCS), re­gional air­lines have started floun­der­ing, some shut­ting down op­er­a­tions, while most oth­ers are strug­gling hard to stay afloat. The busi­ness avi­a­tion seg­ment is await­ing a clearer pic­ture on RCS as to whether it can piggy ride on the scheme and this was one of the top­ics at the BizAvIndia Con­fer­ence and Awards of the Busi­ness Air­craft Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (BAOA). For the low cost and main­line air­lines, the com­pe­ti­tion is heating up and they are try­ing var­i­ous gim­micks to get the seats filled on the air­craft. In this is­sue we have two ar­ti­cles on air ticket pric­ing and its mech­a­nism, one by Air Mar­shal B.K. Pandey (Retd) and other by Byron Bohlman, an in­dus­try veteran.

On the mil­i­tary avi­a­tion front, while in the fixed-wing regime, de­sign­ers are push­ing into the sixth-gen­er­a­tion plat­forms, in­no­va­tions in the ro­tary-wing regime have been fo­cused on plat­forms with bet­ter bat­tle­field sur­viv­abil­ity and mis­sion ac­com­plish­ment ca­pa­bil­ity. How­ever, the pace of devel­op­ment in ro­tary-wing plat­forms, com­pared to fixed-wing air­craft, have been rel­a­tively slower. No ma­jor ad­vance­ment or break­through in de­sign is likely in the fore­see­able fu­ture. A re­port by Group Cap­tain A.K. Sachdev (Retd) on fu­ture ro­tary-wing plat­forms for mil­i­tary use has been in­cluded in this is­sue.

For us at SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions, it was a hum­bling moment when it re­ceived the “Spe­cial Con­tri­bu­tion” Award for its con­tri­bu­tion to the Busi­ness Avi­a­tion sec­tor at the 3rd BAOA awards.

We shall re­lent­lessly work to­wards the bet­ter­ment of all the el­e­ments of avi­a­tion sec­tor and that re­mains our re­solve.

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