Airbus to deliver 1 aircraft to India every week for the next 10 years

Jinen Gada

31 Oct 2022

Highlighting the huge business potential of India, Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) on Sunday said that they are reimagining the way to do business in India.Airbus to deliver 1 aircraft to India every week for the next 10 years.

On the sidelines of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the C-295 transport aircraft manufacturing facility in Gujarat's Vadodara, he said, " C-295 aircraft is a direct product of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visionary 'Make in India' policy, a policy that has encouraged my company, Airbus, to reimagine the way we do business in India… On average, we will deliver to India over 1 aircraft every week for the next 10 years."

Airbus shares a long-standing relationship of collaboration and symbiotic growth with India. For more than 50 years, technology and know-how from the company have catalyzed the growth of India's civil aviation sector and supported the modernization of its armed forces.

Reimagining the way we do business in India by delivering over 1 aircraft every week for the next 10 yrs, says Airbus CCO.

"We accept, with humility and a great sense of responsibility, the trust and confidence that the Government of India has reposed in Airbus… together, we will be delivering an aircraft that will strengthen the Indian Air Force and serve PM Modi's vision of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'."Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

Airbus will be offering its A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, a proven multiplier, to the Indian Air Force to meet its long-term strategic requirements.

Airbus products were also a part of several important ISRO missions, including the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

Launch services supported by Airbus have orbited more than 20 satellites for ISRO, with these spacecraft lofted from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) - Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, South America.

Airbus is offering to set up a final assembly line in India in partnership with Tata to produce C-295 military transporter as a replacement for the Indian Air Force's Avro aircraft fleet.

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki MD Hisashi Takeuchi also lauded India's growing market and said that it is a wise decision for any company abroad to enter the Indian market.

"India is a growing market and there is a huge business potential here. For most of the companies abroad, this is a good market to enter into. It is a wise decision for any company to come to India."Hisashi Takeuchi, MD, Maruti Suzuki on the Tata-Airbus project.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the success of Maruti-Suzuki signifies the strong India-Japan partnership. PM Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the Maruti Suzuki Vehicle Manufacturing Facility for Haryana and Suzuki EV Battery Plant for Hansalpur in Gujarat at the event in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Recalling former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to take India-Japan ties to another level, Prime Minister said, "In the last eight years, this relationship between our two countries has reached new heights."

(With inputs from ECONOMICTIMES)

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Jammu and Kashmir Police invite bids to rent helicopters for faster mobility

Radhika Bansal

31 Oct 2022

Jammu and Kashmir Police have invited bids from registered aviation companies for renting helicopters to ensure faster mobility of its force, officials said on Sunday, October 30. Flight operations are required for carrying police officers and central armed paramilitary force (CAPF) officials in all sectors of J-K, as well as for other emergent purposes.

The police floated the tender on Saturday, October 29 and sought bids from registered aviation companies having a fleet of a minimum of three airworthy light helicopters for its operations in Jammu and Kashmir on a 'leave and licence' basis for a period of three years -- January 16, 2023, to January 16, 2026, officials said.

Jammu and Kashmir Police invite bids to rent helicopters to ensure faster mobility. (This image is for representative purposes only)

Officials said the helicopters will be integrated into the 'disaster management plan (DMP)' and 'emergency response plan (ERP)' being prepared by the police. "All the helicopters at Srinagar and Jammu helipad will be integrated into the ERP," officials said.

The operations will be carried out daily with the least inconvenience to the police subject to fair weather conditions and clear visibility of the range, it said, adding that the company will offer at least two airworthy double-engine light helicopters.

The company shall be required to park one operating helicopter at Srinagar -Jammu helipad as per the requirement. The operator should be in a position to put immediately in place an additional stand-by helicopter in the event of an emergency, it added.

The company shall be required to park one operating helicopter at Srinagar -Jammu helipad as per the requirement.

Police aviation is the use of aircraft in police operations. Police services commonly use aircraft for traffic control, ground support, search and rescue, high-speed car pursuits, observation, air patrol and control of large-scale public events and/or public order incidents.

They may employ rotary-wing aircraft, fixed-wing aircraft, nonrigid-wing aircraft or lighter-than-air aircraft. In large, sparsely populated areas, fixed-wing aircraft are sometimes used to transport personnel and equipment.

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Jyotiraditya Scindia flags off 3 flights connecting 5 cities in North-East

Radhika Bansal

31 Oct 2022

As part of the ambitious Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN, Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia and MoS Civil Aviation Gen Dr Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd) inaugurated three flights connecting five cities of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, and Mizoram on October 30.

The flight connecting Imphal-Aizawl-Imphal will commence on October 30 and operate five times a week, according to a government statement. Flight connecting Shillong-Lilabari-Shillong will start from October 31 and operate four times a week, while the same connecting Lilabari-Ziro-Lilabari will commence from October 30 and operate two times a week.

Flight services of Alliance Air connecting the five states were virtually flagged off on Sunday, October 30 by the minister.

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The Alliance Air operated Dorneir 228 16-seater aircraft resumed its maiden commercial flight service operation at the ALG on Sunday. The flight with three passengers from Lilabari landed here at 12.15 pm taking 30 minutes to cover a 100-km distance.

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In his address, Scindia emphasised that such a significant step in the northeastern region would provide air connectivity to every part of the country.

The minister also announced that under International UDAN, two new routes of Agartala-Chittagong-Agartala and Imphal-Mandalay-Imphal will be operationalised to expand the scope of air connectivity in the north-eastern states from national to the international level. Chittagong is in Bangladesh and Mandalay is in Myanmar.

The minister said that an INR 500 crore corpus had been set aside for enhancing both inter and intra-northeast connectivity. Of the 1,095 routes awarded under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik-Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN-RCS), 136 or 14% of routes had been awarded in the northeast.

The Union government has given special emphasis on air connectivity for the North Eastern region, he said, adding that in the last eight years, seven airports have been developed in the region. The enhanced aerial connectivity in the mountainous cities of the five states of the Northeast will play a vital role in creating ease of living for the residents of the region and boosting tourism and trade.

Gen Dr Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd) said the additional air connectivity being provided for the north-eastern region will facilitate the travel between the states, help people travelling for various purposes, and contribute to the region's growth.

The Alliance Air operated Dorneir 228 16-seater aircraft resumed its maiden commercial flight service operation at the ALG on Sunday.

The inauguration was also attended by Pema Khandu Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh, N Biren Singh Chief Minister, Manipur, Hemanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister, Assam, Conrad Sangama, Chief Minister of Meghalaya (by a pre-recorded video message), and Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of Law and Justice, among others.

Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Manipur will all benefit from improved air connectivity as a result of the new services, according to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who spoke at the virtual event.

"I consider the launch of these air services not just an extension of airline routes but more importantly a futuristic gesture, which will go a long way in promoting people-to-people contact, tourism and trade. The Assam government has already given up 84 acres of land for the construction of a fundamental strip and isolation bay at Lilabari, the gateway to a number of popular tourist attractions."Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister, Assam

The Assam government has already given up 84 acres of land for the construction of a fundamental strip and isolation bay at Lilabari, the gateway to several popular tourist attractions, he continued.

According to Sarma, flight services in the Northeast have grown by 36% during the past five years, from August 2017 to August 2022, outpacing growth rates in the East, West, North, and South zones.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed gratitude to the Centre for giving priority to the development of the Northeast, particularly connectivity in the region.

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“While Pasighat and Tezu already have fixed-wing commercial air connectivity, today we have added Ziro. Of the remaining six ALGs, three are feasible for fixed-wing flight landing and three – Tawang, Aalo and Walong – will be used as heliports,” Khandu mentioned.

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The introduction of France's new 4-FLIGHT air traffic control system


31 Oct 2022

The implementation of 4-FLIGHT, France's brand-new cutting-edge air traffic management modernization project, is being closely coordinated by the EUROCONTROL Network Manager (NM) and France's air navigation service provider-DSNA.


The EUROCONTROL Network Manager strongly supports the implementation of France’s next generation air traffic management 4-FLIGHT system in full collaboration with all operational stakeholders. During the implementation period of this significant technological transformation, NM coordinates with air navigation service provides, aircraft operators and other partners to enable the implementation of network measures that facilitate the operational performance. There has been an excellent cooperation with DSNA and among many operational stakeholders in a true spirit of collegialityLacopo Prissinotti | DIRECTOR NETWORK MANAGEMENT, EUROCONTROL

Lacopo Prissinotti | Eurocontrol

The Reims Area Control Centre (ACC) formally deployed 4-FLIGHT on June 14th, 2022, after an operational consolidation phase that began in April 2022. By 2026, it will subsequently be implemented in turn in the other four French ACCs. Local and network expertise are crucial for the successful implementation of 4-FLIGHT; therefore, nine months before the implementation phase began, DSNA and NM began holding weekly coordination meetings to exchange detailed information about the transition and discuss ways to reduce its negative effects on the network.

The implementation of 4-FLIGHT represents a major step forward for air navigation in France. The operational performance of this new-generation ATM system will be of benefit not only to France but also the entire European network. I would like to highlight the remarkable work of the DSNA / Thales teams and the efficient coordination with the NM teams to integrate 4-FLIGHT in a global operational environmentFlorian Guillermet | DIRECTOR DSNA

Florian Guillermet | Source

In accordance with conversations with DSNA, NM completed a thorough impact assessment, including network steps to optimize capacity and demand balance throughout the transition with the help of all nearby service providers. Operational stakeholders from throughout Europe have been collaborating to lessen the transition's effect on the network, with a particular emphasis on minimizing the impact on the environment by limiting route extensions and level capping.

A better strategy, better human resource availability, and the actual physical presence of DSNA ATFM specialists in the NM operations' room during the crucial initial two weeks of implementation considerably decreased the impact on the network. Despite obstacles encountered, the 4-FLIGHT roll-out has been a resounding success for Reims ACC and the network as a whole, with sector capacities, continuously increasing during the first few weeks of operations.

Representative | Wikipedia

Restrictions have been maintained to a minimum due to ongoing monitoring of the traffic and demand balancing through the rolling Network Operations Plan (NOP) and weekly consultations with the relevant stakeholders. The network restrictions are being gradually lowered and will do so until the beginning of October.

Next on the cards

For the upcoming transition plans for the Marseille ACC in December 2022 and the Paris ACC in December 2023, DSNA and NM are already collaborating closely. ACCs in Brest and Bordeaux will come next. Through NM's coordination, all network operational stakeholders will take part in this process.



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Is an autonomous business jet next on the cards for Embraer?


30 Oct 2022

Embraer Executive Jets introduced a proposal for a future medium-size cabin aircraft at the National Business Aviation Association's "No Plane No Gain" Leadership Breakfast in Orlando, Florida, that radically rewrites the rules of aviation.

The Brazilian manufacturer unveiled a concept plane with a number of features it believes are crucial in the new market environment, including autonomous flight, environmentally friendly propulsion, extensive use of artificial intelligence (AI), and a new manufacturing process based on "Industry 4.0."

Representative | Air Data News

The executive jet of the future from Embraer is a mid-size design that resembles the Praetor family. It features solutions that have never been used before in the category, like a lounge with lots of windows in place of the cockpit.

The aircraft has several unusual characteristics, including a V-tail, which is uncommon for business jets, and an unusual engine layout with two turbofans in the tail.

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With three air intakes—one on top and two on either side of the fuselage—the engines appear to be positioned above one another rather than on either side of the back fuselage.

The airplane will also include three cabin zones, according to a tweet from Embraer. One of these areas is depicted in the images that were linked to the tweet and is a large lounge that is located at the front of the airplane. The cabin is also seen with touchscreens overlaying the windows.

Representative | Air Data News

As this is a concept, no performance numbers have been defined. There are no commitments from Embraer Executive Jets to develop and manufacture the presented airplane. Embraer will rather use it as an inspiration to investigate and develop new technologies and new solutions for the business aviation of the futureEmbraer’s statement explained

The announcement is a development of Embraer's earlier concept for a family of next-generation regional aircraft that will exclusively use sustainable fuel.

The design, which was presented at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in 2022, envisions a vehicle that uses only renewable fuel and makes considerable use of artificial intelligence (AI).


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Tatas can collaborate with Lockheed Martin to manufacture Sikorsky S-76 helicopters in India

Radhika Bansal

29 Oct 2022

The Tatas are in talks with Lockheed Martin for manufacturing a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter in India, according to reports. The S-76 is a medium-sized helicopter widely put to both civilian and military use in many countries.

The armed forces of Britain, Japan, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Argentina use (or used earlier) it. Among countries in the neighbourhood, Thailand uses it. Lockheed Martin, one of the world's biggest defence manufacturers, owns Sikorsky.

The Tatas have a contract to make 40 C-295 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force. The Indian government is aware of the discussions between the two, according to sources cited in the media.

Tatas can collaborate with Lockheed Martin to manufacture Sikorsky S-76 helicopters in India

It is being seen as part of the Modi government's Make in India for the World plan. Lockheed Martin and Tatas already are in a contract. The Tatas manufacture the wings for the F-16 fighter aircraft and components for the Lockheed Martin C-130J transport aircraft.

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If the deal goes through, it will be one of the biggest milestones for Indian aviation manufacturing. As per various reports, there are plans to sell Sikorsky helicopters not just in India but all over the world. Key aspects such as production numbers and project costs have yet to be worked out.

According to sources cited by Times Now, "there will be a considerable amount of indigenous content that will help smaller manufacturers of components." It is likely to be a multi-billion dollar deal, the sources added.

The Tatas have a contract to make 40 C-295 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force.

Just how many will be made and what the cost of the project will need to be worked out. But there is no doubt that there will be a considerable amount of indigenous content that will help smaller manufacturers of components. Sources said it could be a multi-billion dollar deal.

It may be noted that PM Modi will lay the foundation stone for the much-hyped Tata plant on Sunday in Vadodara. It will make the C-295 transport aircraft.

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(With Inputs from Times Now)