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SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 11-09

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Issue Features

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    Debut Flight - First On Board the Phenom 100
    By SP’s Team

    Phenom 100’s debut flight at Delhi airport flew with its first passenger, SP’s Aviation Editor in-Chief Jayant Baranwal, on November 5. Introduced by Embraer in 2005, the Phenom 100 has been widely acknowledged as the most comfortable business jet in the entry level category.

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    Sagem - AASM-250: Smart Weapon

    Sagem’s Powered Smart Weapon underlines Rafale’s omnirole capability

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    Joint Strike Fighter - Report Card
    By Air Marshal (Retd) V.K. Bhatia

    Negotiating a labyrinth of intricate and interlaced technological and production challenges, the F-35 programme has battled its share of adversities, resulting in lapsed deadlines and burgeoning development costs

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    Su-30MKI - President’s Tryst with the skies
    By Our Special Correspondent

    Clad in a G-Suit, President Pratibha Patil undertook a 30-minute sortie on an Su-30MKI at an altitude of 10,000 ft and a speed of around 800 kmph

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    Neighbourhood - The PLAAF in Tibet
    By Air Marshal (Retd) Narayan Menon, Bangalore

    China’s military capability in and around Tibet Autonomous Region and its implications for the IAF

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    MMRCA Deal - On A Strike Mission
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey, Bangalore

    The easy handling Super Viper, even with its heavy external load, responds as a fighter should. Incidentally, the F-16IN can carry 60 per cent more external load than the stipulated MMRCA requirement for the IAF

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    Dubai Airshow - Antidote to Downturn

    If you believe everything you read in the papers, you could easily think Dubai is finished, but ALAN PEAFORD visits the Dubai Airshow 2009 and finds the event still has the taste of success

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    Richard E. Byrd (1888 – 1957)
    By Group Captain (Retd) Joseph Noronha, Goa

    On May 9, 1926, Byrd acting as navigator and Floyd Bennett as pilot made what they claimed was the first flight over the North Pole. However, the feat was engulfed in controversy that lasted for decades. In contrast, his flight to the South Pole was a complete triumph.

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    A Word from Editor
    By Jayant Baranwal - Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

  • Su-30 Operations Suspended Temporarily
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

  • MoD Nod For IAF Trainers
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

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    Home-Grown Truths
    By Sangeeta Saxena

  • Get Real, Go Indigenous
    By Air Marshal (Retd) V.K. Bhatia, with inputs from Sangeeta Saxena

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    Practice Forced Landing
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.N. Gokhale, Pune

  • Unmanned Undone
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey