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Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Birthday J.R.D Tata: The Father Of Indian Aviation

On this day, July 29, 1904, the enterprising legend was born who started working at TATA (his uncle Jamsetji Tata’s firm) as an unpaid intern only to later grow into the founder of the prestigious Tata Group. Being a French citizen by birth, Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, the man behind the mammoth Tata Empire, embraced Indian citizenship to expand an 
industrial group of 14 enterprises with net worth of $100 million into a conglomeration of 95 enterprises of staggering net worth of US $5 billion. Though, in person he may not be around but his achievements leave an ever lasting impact.

While his zeal for flying is a less known fact, there are many others which detail the life of this high aiming man who wrote a new chapter in the history of the Tata family. Here is a collection of less known interesting facts about JRD Tata or “Jeh” as his friends lovingly called him.

Date of Birth: July 29, 1904

Net worth: $1 Billion

Died: November 29, 1993

1. Louis Bleriot, the first man to fly over The English Channel provoked and left the fifteen-year-old boy J.R.D. Tata passionate for flying and this dream of his was fulfilled after ten years. As a result, J.R.D.Tata prior transforming himself into business tycoon was the first one to get a pilot license bearing No.1 in 1929 in India. He was the first pilot of India and later gave wings to his dream by establishing Tata Airlines. In 1988, after 50 years of leadership of the group he received Guggenheim Medal for his contribution to the aviation industry. Later the Tata Aviation service was transformed into the presently renowned Air India, in 1946. Soon after two years after attaining independence Government of India took 49% of the company and extended it with the option to obtain an additional 2%.  

2. J.R.D. Tata personifies simplicity. When his counterparts and other entrepreneurs worried about security and resorted 
to several methods to fulfill necessary protection steps, he stood apart and told “Nobody will kidnap me, for nobody will 
want a ransom in rupees!” on a lighter note. Moreover, he resided amidst the greenery yet in a bungalow but not a skyscraper. When he was asked how the small room served him as anybody in his position may dwell in a bigger one, he readily told them “It suffices me.”

3. Though his formal education was limited, his biggest contribution to the management is been “encouraging his employees.” As a Chairman he dealt with each individual in a prescribed manner to derive the best out of them. As Chairperson he also admits that in this process you may result in suppressing yourself but it is essential to lead men 
because men need affection. Today the Tata Group stands at over 581,000 employees across 150 odd countries.

4. The Chairman inspires his employees to respect him and he was a people man and loves staying as he likes them. “Not excellence. Perfection. You aim for perfection, you will attain excellence. If you aim for excellence, you will go lower” are his words to motivate people around him. An “Employee association with management” a program initiated by J.R.D. Tata in 1956 to give employees an opportunity to speak up in the company affairs.

5. Unfortunately, few members from the Tata family succumbed to death owing to cancer. As an initiative to take care of the people and prevent them from the deadly disease Sir Dorabji Tata Trust under the leadership of J.R.D. Tata set up the first Cancer hospital (Tata Memorial hospital) and institute in India to take the medical science into the new heights and reserved funds for advanced research and development. Also known as Tata Memorial Centre, this outfit welcomes nearly 
30,000 new patients yearly, performing 8500 major operations annually.

6. The personnel department of Tata Steel came up when J.R.D. Tata revamped the industrial relations structure in Jamshedpur. As he learned the machines in the company were given extra care rather than the people working towards the welfare of the firm. Bharat Ratna was conferred on him as a tribute to his selfless humanitarian endeavors in 1992. Today, Tata Steel has manufacturing operations in 26 countries with 9.7 mtpa crude steel production just from its Jamshedpur Works facility.

7. Joining the Tata group as an unpaid apprentice in 1925, in nine months, he was inducted to the board of Tata sons, when 
he was all of 22 years. As a newbie into the group, he was guided by John Peterson an ex-Indian Civil Service Officer. In 1938, at 34 years he was elected to be the Chairman of Tata & Sons, beginning the era of JRD. He diversified the operations of the firm to include consultancy services, information technology, consumer durables, industrial products, consumer goods, hotels, engineering, and power.

8. Philanthropy remained the tradition of Tatas. While the Lady Tata Memorial Trust, part of the Allied Trusts of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, grants scholarships (both national and international) supporting research in ukaemia and blood-related diseases, the JRD and Thelma J Tata Trust concentrates on health and education of women and children.

9. UN Population Award was bestowed on JRD in 1992 for his great contribution towards population control over years, agitating with the causes of over population and imparting education especially among women and children to control the population. He also served as Founder Chairman of the Family Planning Foundation.

The Father of Indian Aviation has a plentiful to share from his kitty. He had contributed a lot for the family office and had transformed the kingdom into an US$ 119.60 billion empire. He remains in the memories till date after decades following his sad demise on November 29, 1993.

His life has not left behind memories but revolutionary events to be treasured by all Indians forever. As an initiative towards collection of those works he has preserved some of his conversations between himself and father through wire and letter on the Tata Archives. On the occasion of his birthday, we encourage everyone to take learning from his splendid leadership and visionary qualities that brought in a revolutionary difference to what India is proud of, even today, all 
summed up in this splendid quote of his:
“Uncommon thinkers reuse what common thinkers refuse”

The post is a part of a B’day Series where we celebrate the birthday of renowned personalities from Tech Industry, very frequently. The series includes Entrepreneurs, C-level Executives, innovators or a renewed leaders who moved the industry 
with his exponential skill set and vision. The intent is to highlight the person’s achievements and touch base the little 
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Yet More Mil Mi-17s Going to India

Yet More Mil Mi-17s Going to India

The Indian Defense Ministry has asked Russia for the sale of an additional 48 Mil Mi-17V5 Helicopters worth an estimated 

$1.1 billion. The new order was discussed at the Aero India show earlier this year, and apparently again during a meeting 

between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month in the Russian city of 

Ufa. Historically, big sales of Russian equipment into India have been agreed in principle at personal meetings between 

Putin and his Indian counterparts.

India has already ordered 151 Mi-17V5s, in batches of 80 and 71, of which 121 have been delivered, with the remainder to 

follow by year-end, according to Russian Helicopters. The combined total of Mi-17s and older Mi-8s serving in India now 

numbers more than 300. According to Russian sources, the contract can be signed later this year and come into force after 

all necessary bureaucratic approvals in 2016.

Deputy head of Russian Helicopters Andrei Shibitov told reporters that Russia’s manufacturing capacity is up to 250 Mi-

8/17 series rotorcraft a year, with the air forces of India, China and Russia the largest buyers of such equipment. He 

said that a number of Mi-8s shipped to India in the times of the Soviet Union are reaching the end of their lives and are 

inneed of replacement. “I think this fact causes concern to the Indian side and so we are looking forward to expanding our 


In the meantime, the two sides continue discussions about how to arrange and set up a Mi-17 and Ka-226T assembly site in 

India. The new Mi-17 contract is likely to come with an offset agreement under which the supplier has to re-invest more 

than 30 percent of the contract sum into the local industry. So far, all of the Russian equipment manufactured under 

license agreements in India was assembled by public-sector companies. But since Modi came to power, Indo-Russian military 

technical cooperation has been undergoing major changes, with the aim of involving Indian private capital in the joint 

defense programs. New Delhi recently gave Moscow a list of suitable Indian private businesses from which to choose.

The front runner among these appears to be Pipavev, which is now part of the Reliance Group. The Indian press reported 

this month that Pipavev is likely to get an Indian navy contract for the upgrade of its Russian-built Kilo-class 

submarines. It has already been selected by Russia’s marine electronics specialists Morinformsystem-Agat as its local 

partner. Pipavev has also reportedly been tapped to build three Russian-designed frigates for the Indian navy, a project 

worth $3 billion. Pipavev is also a strong candidate to lead an integrated coastal protection system that would include 

shore-based facilities; Kamov helicopters; Ilyushin maritime patrol aircraft; and mobile missile complexes.



Friday, July 24, 2015

Mahindra Aerospace has no plans to Enter Commercial Aviation

Mahindra Aerospace has no plans to Enter Commercial Aviation

Mahindra Group Chairman and Managing Director Anand Mahindra on Thursday denied that the group may start a new Airline.

“Mahindra Aerospace has no plans to enter commercial Aviation. It is restricted to the manufacture of utility Aircraft and Aerostructures,” Mahindra wrote in a post on Twitter.
Two people said on condition of anonymity earlier that the Mahindra Group may start a new Airline through a joint venture.
The group is yet to submit a final proposal for the Airline and is in the process of finalizing the investors, one of the two people said.

“Two Indian conglomerates are planning to start Airlines one through a joint venture with a foreign Airline and other with the help of an investor. These are at conceptual stages. The business models are not finalized,” the first person said.
The second person said the Mahindra Group will soon approach the ministry of Civil Aviation with its blueprint for the Airline.

In a June report, Aviation consultant Capa India said a couple of new Airlines were preparing for launch, but any meaningful capacity impact was unlikely until fiscal year (FY) 2017.

“We have not included Premier Airways (a start-up airline) in this projection which hopes to launch by the last quarter of FY2016. The proposed start-up continues to make significant progress towards its launch from a Hyderabad base, and most of its core team is now in place. However, we believe that a commencement of operations in 1Q (first quarter) 2017 is more realistic,” Capa said.

In addition, Capa said it understands that “serious projects in the pipeline include one major pan India Airline to be established as a joint venture with a foreign carrier, and a large regional carrier”.
Capa didn’t disclose the names.

In the same report, Capa said that the losses of Indian Airlines could narrow by 40% in the current fiscal year. They are expected to post reduced losses of $680-750 million for the current fiscal year against $1.2-1.7 billion in the last fiscal year.

Low fare Airlines such as IndiGo and SpiceJet Ltd are expected to generate a combined profit of $200-220 million, while full service Airlines such as Jet Airways (India) Ltd and Air India Ltd could post losses of $900-950 million.

Indian airlines have lost more than $10 billion since fiscal 2009. Airline debt stands at around $11.3 billion, rising to close to $14 billion if liabilities to vendors are included. At an industry level, Airline debt is now equivalent to more than 100% of Airline revenue, and in the case of some carriers such as state-run Air India, it is more than 200% of revenue. For most Airlines, cash balance remains tight.

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Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Indian Aviation Going Regional Will Help Us - Patrick de Castelbajac

France-based Aircraft Manufacturer ATR has 30 Aircraft in operation in India. ATR’s turnover stood at $ 1.8 billion in 2014 against $1.63 billion in 2013, and increased its Aircraft deliveries to 83 aircraft globally from 74 in 2013. On his first visit to India, ATR Chief Executive Officer Patrick de Castelbajac tells Somesh Jha that the company is in talks with other airlines to provide regional connectivity. 

How have been ATR’s relations with India so far?

ATR’s journey with India started in 1999, when Jet Airways took the first ATR Aircraft. Two-three years later, Air India  too started. Then, we had the Kingfisher Airlines and Air Deccan chapter, which started well but ended not on a good note  as the company went down — nothing to do with ATR — but that’s what happened.

Our story with India is now resuming. We have two new operators over the past couple of months. We see interest from both  existing operators and newcomers. It is clear to everyone in the industry that the next logical step is tapping the 

Regional Aviation. India has a competitive advantage compared to other places because of the strong demographics.

How do you see ATR’s revival in the Indian Air Space?
ATR will grow significantly in India in the next few years. The current government really wants to simplify things to facilitate business. When you compare the regional aviation in India to other countries, it is massively under - represented.

We have 30 Aircraft flying here. When you look at Brazil and Indonesia, we have 80 or more Aircraft. But when you see the growth of population in India, not only in terms of volume but more in terms of quality, the number of people who can afford to travel today is roughly 300 million, which is more than the size of Europe. In 10 years, these numbers will rise to 500 million. So, India has much more to offer than Europe.

What is the current Aircraft order from the Indian Airlines?

Today, we don’t have any orders to announce. We are just discussing with people and re-enforcing the partnerships. 

Industry players also understand the next step is to go regional. We are talking to a lot of players and we are trying to  find the right partners. But we don’t want to rush into it, as we have learnt our lessons in the past. It is that things  here take time and are complex.

We need to see how we can best respond to that. In the next 10 years, markets will explode and I will not be surprised to see our 200 aircrafts flying here because markets will certainly require it. We can really add a lot of value to develop  regional market.

It’s learnt that Bird Group was also in talks with ATR for buying planes.

We don’t disclose discussions with our customers.

What kind of players are you in discussions with?

Indian market is changing all the time. We are discussing with current operators, those who do not operate and those who  are looking to operate. Today, we just had preliminary discussions.

What were the challenges you faced in India?

India’s potential is far bigger than that of Brazil. But it’s a very complex country and the interaction between industry  and government is complex. We need to understand it a little better. But what would work for us is the opening of Indian  market to more International Traffic. You have much more Aircraft from West Asia and South-east Asia coming into India  than 10 years before. These dynamics will soon change into the regional sector and we are confident that Aviation will  grow in India with regional connectivity.

Can you list out some complexities?

The first challenge is the complexity of the administration. I get a feedback from the airlines that other issues are fuel  price and taxes. They say we need to fix these two issues because we are paying more compared to the other countries. The  system has to balance itself. Today in India, the airlines are at a little disadvantage because of all these layers of  complexity, taxes and high fuel prices.

How do you compete with Q400s or Embraer?

We have a market share of 80 per cent worldwide. Sometime ago, we were roughly on a par with Q400s. But last year, we had  83 deliveries and they delivered 24. If you take the Asean countries, in the past four-five years, we had 92 per cent  share versus eight. So, we have a very strong leadership in the regional market. However, in India, it is less than everywhere else. We have 65 per cent share which is lower than the rest of the world.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Dr Sundaram Nataraj New Aviation Chair at Central Washington University

Dr Sundaram Nataraj New Aviation Chair at Central Washington University

Sundaram Nataraja was recently chosen as the new chair of the Department of Aviation, to which he brings an impressive 
international background and academic experience to Central Washington University.

“With his exceptional knowledge, skills and abilities, the Aviation program will be able to meet the demands of a changing
Aviation Industry,” Paul Ballard, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, stated in a CWU press release.

A strategic thinker and an accomplished administrator, the Indian American will relocate to Ellensburg after concluding 
his tenure as associate dean for quality and institutional development and professor in Aviation Management in the College 
of Business Administration at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Nataraja has more than three decades of academic and administrative experience, and an outstanding record of scholarship,research, and teaching.

He has an M.S. in Aviation safety from the University of Central Missouri, and a master’s in educational administration 
and a doctorate in adult and higher education administration from the University of South Dakota.

Nataraja will begin his position at CWU on Sept. 1



Friday, July 10, 2015

Team of Indian Aviation Experts to inspect Nepal’s International Airport for possible Damages

Team of Indian Aviation Experts to inspect Nepal’s International Airport for possible Damages

A team of Indian Aviation experts will inspect Nepal's only International Airport in Kathmandu for possible structural damages caused due to the massive earthquake that occurred on 24 April.
The visit is aimed at finding any damages and offering the required support to the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Nepalese Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation joint secretary Suresh Acharya was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying: "They will inspect whether the physical structure as well as communication and navigation system of the Airport were damaged by the earthquake or not."

Acharya has said that the Airport had not experienced any damage during the earthquakes that led to the death of approximately 9,000 people.

"They will inspect whether the Physical Structure as well as communication and navigation system of the Airport were damaged by the earthquake or not."

A group of four members from Airport Authority of India (AAI) is also slated to visit the site of the proposed Simara International Airport at Nijgadh, around 200km south of Kathmandu.

Once completed, the Second Airport will help in easing congestion at the Tribhuvan International Airport. After its first phase is completed, the Airport will have a capacity to handle 15 million passengers and accommodate the Airbus 380 Aircraft.

A few government officials have been speculating that the Indian Government is interested in developing the new Airport owing to its accessibility by from the state of Bihar.

The Statesman quoted sources as saying that the primary aim of the visit was to move the development plan of the new Aairport forward.



Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Turkish Airlines Flight made an Emergency landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi

A Turkish Airlines Flight made an Emergency landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi in the national capital following a Bomb Threat.

The Bomb was detected by Captain Pilot and he informed Air Traffic Controller at 1315 , said sources.
Emergency has been declared at the airport and all security agencies including National Security Guards are on high alert. Fire tenders have been rushed to the runway. Bomb disposal squad of the NSG and dog squad are at the runway.  Senior officials of Central Industrial Security Force and NSG officials are holding a meeting. The flight has been taken to the isolation bay at the IGI Airport. The NSG and CISF have cordoned off the plane.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Womens Airline Pilots Are Mounting Day By Day

Womens Airline Pilots Are Mounting Day By Day

Up in the air, Indian women are increasingly in charge. For a country that can't ensure a woman's safety or her basic rights on the ground, the recruitment record of India's Airlines presents a contrast. As a result, the next time you take a flight in India, the chances of the Pilot being a woman are much higher than anywhere else in the world. 
India currently has 5,100 Pilots, of which 600, or 11.7%, are women, according to Ministry of Civil Aviation Data. There 
are a total 130,000 Pilots in the world, of which 4,000, or about 3%, are women, according to the International Society of 
Women Airline Pilots. 
"This is definitely one trend which flies in the face of global opinion of India as a regressive place for women," said Captain Harpreet Singh Dey, President of the Indian Women Pilots' Association. She's also the first female Pilot to operate an International Flight by a local carrier, Air India, in 1988. 

Families are willing to back girls who want to pursue the profession even regardless of whether they're married or not,  she said. 

"Flying schools are churning out a higher number of Women Pilots every year.There are many families who are supportive of  a woman's career choice as a Pilot even after marriage. There are also many women who would happily remain single to follow their passion," Capt Dey said. Of the 1,100 Pilot licences issued in India in 2014, about 170 were to women, an increase of 5% from the year earlier. 
The number of Female Pilots in SpiceJet is 15% of the total, said chief operating officer Sanjiv Kapoor, up from 11-12% 
two years ago. "It is a gradual growth. I think it mirrors the increasing numbers of women in the professional workforce 
as old ways of thinking change," he said. "Parents are also likely more supportive, employers are more gender neutral." 

Jet Airways has a pilot force that's 14% women, compared with 12.5% two years ago, said a spokesperson. Between January 
2013 and May 2015, 42 Female Pilots joined the Airline, around 15% of the total Pilot intake in that period. 
At IndiGo Airlines, 168, or 11% of its 1,448 Pilots, are women. According to a media report last year, British Airways has about 3,500 pilots, of which 200, or 5%, are women. Opportunities for women in the Indian Airline Industry, once restricted to cabin crew and ground staff, have expanded in only the last few years. 

Captain Durba Banerjee, India's First Woman Commercial Pilot in 1956, captained a Fokker F27 Friendship in 1966. But the next time 
a woman became Captain was two decades later, when Saudamini Deshmukh became the first to command a Boeing 737. Later, she 
also became Airbus A320 commander.

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