As India celebrated the centenary year of commercial aviation last month, the nationπs business aviation sector is poised for exponential growth fueled by the nation's expanding economy.
India’s government-owned National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) plans to present a feasibility report by the end of April to seek clearance to manufacture a 70- to 90-seat passenger airplane called the RTA, short for regional transport aircraft.
India's indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA), the Tejas, was flown in formation at the Aero India show this month, with a two-seat version was on display in the static park. The Tejas MkI received initial operational clearance in January, and full operational clearance is due next year. Changes in weapons, sensors and avionics will be made according to Indian Air Force (IAF) requirements.
MIU Events and Exhibitions Group India is hosting the Indian Business Aviation Expo from February 21 to 23 at the Hotel Shangri-La in New Delhi. The 2011 event has been expanded to include more exhibitors, and delegates can attend sessions that include the prospects for business aviation in the region, aircraft financing issues in India and regulatory and infrastructure challenges in the emerging country. Registration is $240 per person.
Delhi International Airport Private Ltd (Dial) is seeking a partner to bid on building a new FBO, general aviation maintenance facility and hotel at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
On the eve of the India Aviation Conference on Civil Aviation, business aviation market advisor Brian Foley said business jet deliveries in India are healthier than in most Western countries but the volume isn’t on par with mature markets. However, the president of Brian Foley Associates noted that India’s growing share of business jet deliveries has clearly caught the attention of aircraft manufacturers.
CAE and Bell Helicopter announced here yesterday that Bell is providing aircraft systems and performance data and technical support for the Bell 412 training programs that CAE will begin offering this summer in Mexico and Bangalore, India.
Canadian aircraft management company Air Partners has launched a fractional-share program to capitalize on historically low used aircraft prices. Air Partners is headquartered in Calgary and is a subsidiary of Morgan Air Services, which was founded by WestJet Airlines cofounder Tim Morgan in 1983. In addition to aircraft management, Air Partners offers charter and aircraft maintenance services.
The first prototype of two-seater trainer version of India’s single-seat Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) made its maiden flight on November 26. Taking off from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Bangalore airfield, the aircraft achieved an altitude of 30,000 feet and speed of Mach 0.85. The flight was about six months behind schedule because the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) wanted to avoid a failed test. ADA chief P.S.
India’s air force is planning to arm its growing fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI Flanker-H fighters with anti-ship missiles developed by the Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace. The missiles are expected to be ready to enter service in 2012 and are intended to bolster the air force’s ability to neutralize naval threats while they are still far from India’s coast.