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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.
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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