Indian Aviation Sector

Indian Civil Aviation industry is at cross roads. From sluggish operations of Air India, the sector has moved to premium airlines, world class airports, low cost airlines making it one among the top 10 markets in the world. The passenger traffic is growing at double digits, freight, aircraft movements are expected to grow at 5% over the next 5 years.

To boost the aviation sector, the government of India, has widened the visa on arrival programme to 150 countries boosting tourism. It is also planning to list AAI and Pawan Hans Ltd in stock exchange to raise capital. It is also modernizing airports with introduction of biometric scanner entry in airports with Aadhar card. This projected growth, combined with India?s low air traffic density?72 compared to 282 in China and 2,8

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Google to provide flight delay prediction using artificial intelligence

Google Flights service now to provide predication on flight delays. Currently, Google flight services provides data on flight delays from airline sources. Now with it powers delay predictions using artificial intelligence. It will predict delays using historic flight status data and other parameters. It will publish the data, when it atleast 80 percent confident about its accuracy of its predictions.

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Bhogapuram airport to be developed under an SPV

Bhogapuram International Airport Company (BIACL) has been formed by the state government as a special purpose vehicle to develop the greenfield airport near Vizianagaram. The company will have authorised share capital of Rs 500 million divided into 50 lakh equity shares of Rs 10 each. It will prepare a feasibility report, detailed project report, impact assessment report and technical and financial viability of the project. The state government has plans to develop it as Bhogapuram aerotropolis. It will include the development of the greenfield Aerotropolis with an international airport; MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facilities; and an aviation academy at Bhogapuram.

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Adani Group plans new Dhamra airport

Adani Group is planning to develop a greenfield airport in Dhamra in Jharsugudha district of Odisha. The airport at Jharsuguda will be capable of handling Airbus 320s. The ones at Dhamra and Jeypore will be smaller ones. Under the coastal corridor project -- part of the bigger Bharatmala project -- the plan is to connect Gopalpur in Odisha to Digha in West Bengal, giving direct connectivity from Paradip to Dhamra along the coast. This will help in cutting down the roundabout route by 120 km. As of July 2017, the company is in the process of land acquisition and likes to get the airport operational by 4 years

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Telangana government ties with Airbus to develop aerospace skill development

Telangana state government has tied up with Airbus along with National Skill Development Corporation India and AEROCAMPUS France, to set up a centre of excellence for aerospace skill development, at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad. The centre will provide short-term course modules and long-term certificate and diploma courses to facilitate employment in aerospace sector. The short-term courses will be rolled out in 2017. The centre may also be upgraded to an university later.

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Navi Mumbai International Airport land development work to begin

City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCOM) has invited bids in August 2016 for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project. The scope of work includes land development including Ulwe River diversion work for Navi Mumbai International Airport. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 544.9 crore. The work is scheduled to be completed in 24 months.

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Maharashtra to develop 10 airports

Maharashtra government is planning to develop 10 airports as part of the Centre's regional connectivity scheme, and a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the state, Civil Aviation Ministry, and the Airports Authority of India. The cabinet decided to develop airports at Shirdi, Amravati, Gondia, Nashik, Jalgaon, Nanded, Solapur, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg in the first phase. Under central assistance, 80% fund through VGF (viability gap funding) will be provided to develop essential infrastructure for the airports. The state government on its part, will reduce the Local Body Tax (LBT) on air fuel from the existing ten percent to one percent for a period of 10 years to stimulate growth. State government will also provide essential land free of cost. These airports wi

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Hindustan Aeronautics to build Kamov Ka-226T helicopter in India

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd is planning to develop Kamov Russian military helicopter in India. The new Ka-226T helicopter replace the Cheetah and Chetak Choppers and an agreement to this effect was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow in December 2015. There will be sixty aircraft will be supplied to be assembled in India, while the remaining 140 are planned to be manufactured at Indian production facilities. Each helicopter set to have 230 different parts, HAL is looking at mission collaboration and is set to outsource the work to its Indian vendors. The company is yet to decide on the location for the project and it may build it in Bengaluru or Nashik plant.

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Skill Development Programme for Aerospace Industry

A skill development programme from Boeing, Tata Advanced Materials Ltd (TAML) and Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) have been launched to train front-line workers for the aerospace industry. The first batch of students was inducted at a ceremony in Tata Advanced Materials Ltd Bengaluru facility. The programme is being sponsored by Boeing and conducted by NTTF, the 'Learn and Earn' programme offers students a three-year diploma programme in Aerospace Manufacturing Technology (Advanced Composites), rolled out under the ?National Employability Enhancement Mission? (NEEM), a skills development initiative of the Central Government. The programme involves classroom sessions on fundamental theory, behavioural skills training and vocational training in manufacturing skills.

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Gujarat to have first aviation park

Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Co Ltd is planning to set up a aviation park in Bagodara village near Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The new park will have slew of facilities including an airstrip, training school, helipad and space for setting up small manufacturing units among others. The objective of the park is raising awareness about the aviation sector among investors, students and people at large. The park is expected to create a complete eco-system where everything related to aviation sector gets available under one roof. In the initial phase, this park will provide platform for educating people about the aviation activities. Apart from a theatre and an info-tech area, the park will also have space for conducting air-shows and other aviation related adventure sports.

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