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A Word from Editor-in-Chief

Business Aviation industry pledges net zero carbon emissons by 2050 and increasing fuel efficiency as part of renewed climate commitments which include increased production, availability and use of SAF, and adoption of new market-based initiatives.

Issue: 06-2022By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Sustainability is a key concern that is calling for the industry’s attention. Elaborating on sustainability, one of the biggest business aviation events, EBACE 2022 strengthened sustainability through the launch of its S.T.A.R.S. program. However, thisyear at EBACE 2022, sustainability was not only looked throughthe lens of environment but also services, work environment, andinclusion thus providing an all-round sustainable future’s pathway. A detailed report on the event, by Ayushee Chaudhary, is included in this issue, expanding on how the exhibition renewed business aviation’s moment.

Also, in this issue, Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd) covers the sustainability front on the latest in next-generation aviationpropulsion technologies, covering Aero engine makers and their green initiativesin support of the net-zero goal.

This year’s EBACE attendees had the unique privilege of viewing the industry-leading size, innovation and style of the ultra widebody Falcon 10X interior. The full-size cabin mockup made its public debut at the show. This issue includes a fact file on the Falcon 10x to find out why this aircraft is your Penthouse in the Sky.

On the Military front, Indian Air Force (IAF) intends to undertake the procurement process of their 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) programme under the ‘Buy Global, Make in India’ scheme of DAP 2022. This scheme allows Indian companies to partner with global vendors. A report by Air Vice Marshal Sanjay Bhatnagar (Retd) expands on one of the most daunting task with the present Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) which is to rebuild its highly depleted fighter force.

This edition also profiles the combat-proven Super Hornet. A report by Rohit Goel highlights its cutting-edge delivery, nextgeneration multi-role strike fighter capability, outdistancing current and emerging threats well into the future. The Super Hornet has the capability, flexibility and performance necessary to modernise the air or naval aviation forces of any country.

Under the RCS-UDAN scheme, Indian carrier Star Air has excelled at operating primarily in Tier II & III cities with limited airport infrastructure. The airline has made remarkable progress over the last couple of years and is now ready to provide many more years of services. This issue touches upon regional aviation with details on Star Air’s journey written by Rohit Goel. A major reason for the success of the airline has been their decision to use Embraer ERJ145 on their routes. Embraer Jets offer tremendous operational and cost efficiencies, particularly on regional routes. An article devoted to detailing the evolution of Embraer Jets is included in this issue.

The global space industry is expected to become a $1 trillion industry by 2040 and thus is the space to be watched out for. India too is pacing up its efforts. The Indian leadership is eyeing to expand the country’s share in the global space market through the increasing role of private players. In that line, the headquarters of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) were recently inaugurated by the Prime Minister. A report by Ayushee Chaudhary covers the programme details which also witnessed the exchange of (MoUs) signed with space start-ups. Space is also becoming an important industry not just for commercial but defence purposes as well.

All this and more in this issue of SP’s Aviation. Welcome aboard and we wish you many happy landing!