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A way out of the aviation turbulence
If the government had not taken over Air India from the Tatas, maybe the airline would have been one of the best in the world now and New Delhi or Mumbai would have been the world’s fastest growing aviation hub. Maybe, it is still not outrageously naive to hope for two or three healthy and friendly airline companies in our skies, if the government can muster up some resolve. By Shivshanker Verma
 
Civilian aviation
More Konfusion about Konnect
The once premier airline continues to leave its customers feeling short-changed, says financial risk analyst Amit Sukhram, a frequent flyer
 
Civilian aviation
Robbing the poor to coddle the rich
The recommendation by the group of ministers to allow direct import of fuel by airlines is yet another inglorious chapter in the long saga of crony capitalism in this country. And once again, most of us have been fooled into accepting that it is indeed the right thing to do. By Vivek Sharma
 
Civilian aviation
Airlines should save themselves
The problems of the Indian airline industry are all their own making, the result of excess capacity and faulty business models. They don’t deserve any government support. By Shivshanker Verma
 
Civilian aviation
Saving Air India
Before agreeing to a bailout, the government should insist on a complete restructuring of Air India to ensure that the airline will survive and will not seek another handout. By Vivek Sharma
 
Military aviation & aerospace
Lockheed’s F-22 Raptor – a maintenance nightmare
Defence secretary Robert Gates may be on firm ground seeking to scrap the controversial F-22 Raptor programme with the aircraft requiring more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour that it spends in the skies, easily outstripping the cost of keeping other fighters in the skies.
 
Ballistic missile defence
Seeking scandals – on the sly
Reports casting doubts over the validity of defence deals struck in the near past by the UPA government may only be the first shots fired in the gradually heating atmosphere of parliamentary elections, writes Rajiv Singh.
 
Aerospace
US export curbs driving away business
Extensive and irritating export regulations are pushing the US space and defence-related industries to the wall in a time of recession. When will the Americans learn, asks Radhakrishna Rao
 
Military aviation & aerospace
AeroIndia 2009: Future challenges intense, opportunities immense, says Dr. M Natarajan
Collaborations with foreign entities was there earlier as well, but essentially it was restricted to productionisation. Now we are talking from a position of some strength, particularly in design and system engineering, says Dr. M Natarajan, scientific advisor to the defence minister, and DRDO chief.
 
Ballistic missile defence
AeroIndia 2009: DRDO has developed extreme technologies, says Dr Prahalad
In a wide ranging,comprehensive interview on DRDO's capabilties and development programme, Dr Prahalad, chief controller R&D (SI), points out that the gap between users needs and DRDO's capabilities is reducing. The organisation is now fully capable of working out a road map with the army, navy and air force to develop weapon systems needed over the next 5-7 years. View video
 
Military aviation & aerospace
AeroIndia 2009: LCA programme over the hump - 2nd gen to 4+, says ADA director, Dr PS Subramanyam
From 1983, when an indigenous fighter development programme was launched with an attempt to develop second generation technologies, to 2008 when the programme has successfully developed 4+ generation technologies the LCA Tejas has come a long way, says ADA director, Dr PS Subramanyam.View video
 
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NEWS REPORTS
SpiceJet ramps up non-stop domestic, international flights
United is first foreign carrier to skip smog-hit Delhi; others may follow suit
Aviation minister seeks report after IndiGo staff manhandle passenger
Qatar Airways acquires 9.61% stake in Cathay Pacific
Singapore Airlines unveils bedroom in the sky in Airbus A380
Draft norms for drones in India out; final rules by next year
Defence ministry clears Rs22,738-cr acquisition of 111 copters for Navy
EasyJet to buy part of Air Berlin’s operations at Berlin Tegel airport
IATA sees number of air travellers in India more than tripling to 478 mn by 2036
Pak claims to have shot down Indian ‘spy drone’ in Rakh Chikri sector
Dassault to invest Rs6,500 cr in JV facility with Reliance Aerospace
Rights outfit warns African-Americans to shun American Airlines
Airlines may ban laptops, other large devices in check-in bags
Boeing, Mitsubishi agree on steps to cut cost of 787 Dreamliner wings
Railways offer wait-listed passengers option to fly by Air India
GVK Power set to bag Rs16,000-cr Navi Mumbai airport project
Security officers fired over United Airlines’ passenger removal incident
Airbus buys majority stake in Bombardier’s C Series aircraft
Drone hits commercial aircraft near airport in Canada
Tiangon-1, Chinese space lab hurtles towards earth
Govt to sell its entire 51% stake in Pawan Hans
India in talks to revive Sri Lanka’s near-defunct airport
Delta vows not to pay ‘nonsensical’ 300% duty on Bombardier planes
Jet Air to buy up to 100 new planes this year; Boeing, Airbus in race
Airlines offering deep festive discounts on domestic routes
Tata Group eyeing stake in Air India, says chairman Chandrasekaran
Bengaluru to be fully Aadhaar-enabled airport by next year
Potholes on Mumbai’s main runway delay takeoffs, landings
Kingfisher: banks, officials under scanner after SFIO report
Mallya gave free rides to politicos, bankers for favours: UK frauds office
Boeing-backed Zunum plans hybrid-electric flight in five years
SpiceJet eyes fleet of 100 amphibious planes to land on water
Mallya arrested in London in money laundering case, let off on bail
UK PM Theresa May warns Boeing over Bombardier row
Iran tests new medium-range missile in defiance of US warnings
Ministry seeks ‘asset valuer’ proposals for Air India divestment
British Airways set to turn household rubbish into jet fuel
Ryanair leaves passengers fuming after massive cancellations
IAF conducts final development trials of Astra missile
India, Japan open skies for each other’s airlines
India, Japan sign 15 MoUs after Modi - Abe meet
Boeing wins $600 million contract for preliminary design of next generation presidential aircraft
Govt to select bankers, lawyers for Air India sale process
No-fly list could see passengers banned from 3 months to life
Unruly fliers could even face lifetime ban
Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket launches X-37b into orbit
DGCA may ground over 130 pilots, 430 crew members of Air India
German aviation startup Lilium raises $90 mn for air taxi service
Boeing scores over rival Airbus as WTO reverses ruling over state aid
With ‘fifth freedom’, Scoot offers India-Denmark for Rs12,000
SAAB ties up with Adani to make Gripen fighters in India
Saab to partner Adani for India fighter jets contract
Bird Group, Air Works in race for AI’s ground handling unit
Gender equality hits dangerous high: man flies on girlfriend’s passport
Lockheed offers to make India F-16 export hub if it bags IAF order
Lockheed, Saab soon to get Indian requests for information
New CMD Rajiv Bansal vows to turn around debt-laden Air India
Aviation FDI policy excludes Air India

 
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