Category — Aviation & Aerospace

India to Be 3rd Largest Buyer of Passenger Planes

With India set to buy 2.2 new airplanes for each of the 480 aircraft currently in service, it is poised to become the third-largest buyer of commercial passenger planes in the world. The U.S. and China are the only countries to have more pending aircraft orders says a report released by the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation, a Sydney-based aviation think tank.

Boeing predicts that India will need 1,850 new planes over the next two decades, and says that these orders will be worth $265 billion. CNN reports that  220 million Indians flew last year — an annual increase of 20% — and the country is on track to overtake the U.K. as the world’s third-largest aviation market by 2026.

However, there are challenges to this expansion: airlines can buckle under the pressure and become defunct; infrastructure such as airports and traffic control will need to gear up to match India’s aviation boom.

 

A plane in flight

June 9, 2017   No Comments

Airbus Sets Up Asia’s First Greenfield Training Center in Delhi

Toulouse, France-based Airbus is setting up the Airbus India Training Center, a greenfield training facility at Aerocity, New Delhi, to support India’s growing need for Airbus pilots and maintenance engineers. The 75,347 square foot facility will be built in modules to become operational by the end of 2018 with two A320 full flight simulators, increasing to four and potentially to six simulators at the right time.

India is the fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world and is expected to grow at an annualized 9.3 percent over the next 20 years, outpacing the world average of 4.6 percent. The number of trips per capita in India is expected to increase four times by 2035. Airbus forecasts a requirement for at least 1,600 new passenger and freight aircraft by this period, requiring over 24,000 new pilots and maintenance engineers, reports the Media India Group.

Airbus Training Center in India pictograph

Tom Enders, CEO, Airbus said, “We have only scratched the surface when it comes to the growth of civil aviation in India. This training center will be the first such facility fully owned by us in Asia. It is a symbol of our enduring partnership with this country.”

June 8, 2017   No Comments

India’s Heaviest Rocket Launches Satellite

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk III, christened “Fat Boy”, lifted off from the Sriharikota space center in southern India on June 5, 2017. At 6,914 lb, or more than three tonnes, and the height of a 13-story building, the GSAT-19 satellite is the heaviest that India has tried to put in orbit, India’s Space Research Organization said. The rocket used a cryogenic engine developed in India.

GSLV Mk III has put GSAT 19, which is a next generation satellite, into orbit,” Indian Space Research Organization chief A.S. Kiran Kumar said. “It is a perfect launch. The information from the satellite is being tracked. And it is good.”

GSLV MK III

A 2015 report by Colorado-based nonprofit organization Space Foundation pegged the global space industry at $323 billion, says Reuters. India’s share of the global launch services industry is about 0.6 percent, government data shows.

 

June 5, 2017   No Comments

U.S., India Collaborate on Building Radar Satellite

NASA and India’s ISRO – the Indian Space Research Organization – will jointly build a satellite called NISAR or the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite which could be the world’s most expensive Earth imaging satellite, and will cost the two countries over 1.5 billion dollars.

In a meeting in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K.Radhakrishnan, Chairman ISRO, signed two documents to launch the NASA-ISRO satellite mission.

“NISAR is the first big collaboration between NASA and ISRO, certainly on radar  but just in general as well. This is two frequency radar:  it is an L-band 24 centimeter  and S-band 13 centimeter. S-band is being built by ISRO and L-band by NASA. It is a major collaboration both in terms of the technical building of the satellite as well as working together across the Pacific between India and U.S.,” said Paul A. Rosen, a scientist working on the NISAR satellite project.

The NISAR satellite will be launched in 2021 from India using ISRO’s  Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, reports NDTV.

US and India Flags

May 25, 2017   No Comments

‘Make in India’ Attracts Business from Italy

On a three-day business mission to New Delhi, India in April, a delegation led by Italy’s deputy minister for economic development, Ivan Scalfarotto, aimed to strengthen bilateral ties and make the most of the plentiful business opportunities that India has on offer.

The platform, promoted by the Italian Ministries of Economic Development and Foreign Affairs, in partnership with India’s trade bodies FICCI and CII, saw participation by various state representatives, along with 140 big enterprises and SMEs, across varied sectors, from both India and Italy. 80 companies, out of the total industry representation in the forum, in areas such as automotive, healthcare, defense, aviation and railways were from Italy exploring growth opportunities in India.

Ivan Scalfarotto at the India-Italy Business Forum

Ivan Scalfarotto at the Italia-India Meet

Speaking at the event, Scalfarotto said that more than 60 Italian automotive companies were working with 80 manufacturing facilities in India — most of them located in the Maharashtra belt — “and yet keeping an eye on the immense future potential,” reports Autocar Professional.

 

May 12, 2017   No Comments