India’s own medium-altitude long-endurance (Male) UAS has experienced another delay, with first flight now expected toward the end of next year. A senior official from the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) told AIN that the Rustom-2 project has suffered from lack of access to technology for sensors and engines. “Requirements for ISR are huge in India, given threats from the border. However, Hale, micro and nano UAVs require powerful algorithms. That is where we require help,” added V.S.
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India’s defense minister A K Antony today admonished the country’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) for “delays in delivery” and said he was “impatient” to see completion of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) program. Antony was addressing the “Aerospace products- challenges in design to deployment” seminar held as part of the biennial Aero India show in Bangalore.
As the November deadline approaches for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to assess the Indian government’s record in managing aviation, gaps in the country’s safety regulations could lead the FAA to downgrade India to Category 2 status, according to a report issued recently by the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).
India’s fast growing but unorganized general aviation segment has finally attracted the attention of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which recently released a dictate to ensure that flight operation inspectors follow procedures for flight crew standards, training and licensing for fixed-wing aircraft.
Duke Aviation will be opening the first independent MRO facility in India. It
will be on Nagpur’s International Airport located within a special economic zone. Maharashtra Airport Development has a 25-percent stake in the project, slated to begin doing engine work next year. The plan calls for expansion into airframe maintenance and paint.
A recent ruling by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will bar expatriates from holding right-seat airline positions beginning this month. Expatriates can still apply for captain positions, but right-seat pilots will lose their FATA (Foreign Air pilots Temporary Authority), which allows them to operate in India on the validity of their national licenses.