A Word from Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

SP's Aviation - - Table of Contents - JAYANT BARANWAL PUB­LISHER & ED­I­TOR- IN- CHIEF

The newly forged part­ner­ship be­tween the French aero­space ma­jor Das­sault Avi­a­tion and the Euro­pean con­glom­er­ate Air­bus is in­deed a his­toric event for the global aero­space in­dus­try as th­ese two ma­jor play­ers in the Euro­pean aero­space in­dus­try, who tra­di­tion­ally were arch ri­vals, have now opted to join hands. This will def­i­nitely strengthen the Euro­pean aero­space in­dus­try which will now be in a po­si­tion to pose a chal­lenge to that of the United States (US).

On the civil avi­a­tion scene, Arpita Kala of SP’s Avi­a­tion, looks at the fu­ture. All in­di­ca­tions are that un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles, com­monly re­ferred to as Drones, are set to en­ter this do­main in a big way and in­flu­ence our lives sig­nif­i­cantly. As per Kanika Tekri­wal, founder, JetSetGo, “The whole world will move to­wards fly­ing de­vices be­cause there will not be space for us to drive or park cars.” How­ever, suc­cess­ful em­ploy­ment of Drones in civil so­ci­ety will re­quire for­mu­la­tion of reg­u­la­tory pro­vi­sions and their im­ple­men­ta­tion to en­sure safe in­te­gra­tion with other manned air traf­fic, draft­ing of stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures and large scale train­ing. In an in­ter­view by Arpita Kala with De­wang Gala, Co-founder of Pi­geon In­no­va­tive So­lu­tions, a Drone Sur­vey and Aerial Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pany, the lat­ter delves on the var­i­ous is­sues re­lated to em­ploy­ment of Drones by the civil so­ci­ety, fig­ures in this is­sue of the magazine.

Past month saw the Euro­pean Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion (EBACE) in Geneva. The con­ven­tion strived to get the avi­a­tion in­dus­try to go green by en­cour­ag­ing the use of Sus­tain­able Al­ter­na­tive Jet Fu­els (SAJF). Their use also al­lows op­er­a­tors and oth­ers in in­dus­try to achieve cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity goals, and demon­strate the in­dus­try’s com­mit­ment to ad­dress cli­mate change. A de­tailed re­port on EBACE 2018 has been in­cluded in this is­sue.

On the In­dian mil­i­tary avi­a­tion scene, the fo­cus is now on the se­lec­tion of a car­rier borne fighter air­craft for the new in­dige­nous air­craft car­rier INS Vikrant that is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion at Cochin Ship­yard Limited and is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered to the In­dian Navy by late 2020. A re­port by Air Mar­shal BK Pandey (Retd) on the car­rier borne air­craft avail­able in the global mar­ket has been in­cluded in this is­sue. Op­tions be­fore the In­dian Navy ap­pear to be limited and the fi­nal choice may be in­flu­enced by the cost fac­tor. This ac­qui­si­tion of a com­bat plat­form by the In­dian Navy will be fol­lowed by a much larger one by the In­dian Air Force.

The In­dian aero­space in­dus­try ap­pears to have set the ball rolling to get the project for the Ad­vanced Medium Com­bat Air­craft (AMCA), a fifth-gen­er­a­tion com­bat air­craft with stealth fea­tures to be de­signed, de­vel­oped and built by the in­dige­nous aero­space in­dus­try. For the first time, the pri­vate sec­tor of the In­dian aero­space in­dus­try has been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate. Also, for this project, a new fa­cil­ity will be set up from scratch in Su­lur near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, the first time de­vel­op­ment of a com­bat air­craft is be­ing un­der­taken out­side Ben­galuru. The IAF will wait anx­iously for the suc­cess­ful ex­e­cu­tion of this project to be able to foray into the fifth gen­er­a­tion.

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

Jai Hind!

The In­dian aero­space in­dus­try has em­barked on a project for the Ad­vanced Medium Com­bat Air­craft, a fifth-gen­er­a­tion com­bat air­craft to be de­signed, de­vel­oped and built by the in­dige­nous aero­space in­dus­try.

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