Experts Speak

  • October 20, 2020
    Certifying Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    News reports of October 03 have confirmed that Hyderabad-headquartered TQ Cert Services has become India's first third-party certification body (CB) for drones.


    February 1, 2019
    Aero India 2019: Customs duty on import of aircraft
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    It is learnt from some reliable sources that the Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman, did raise an objection to this step by the Department of Customs and has sought reversal of the notification.

  • January 28, 2019
    Killing the Golden Goose
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The proverbial "last straw on the camel's back" came on January 17 this year when the Department of Customs issued a notification imposing customs duty on aircraft as well as any other equipment brought into the country for static or flying display at Aero India 2019.

  • December 19, 2018
    Visit of President Ibrahim Solih
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Maldives President Ibrahim Solih’s three-day state visit to India commencing December 17 was his first foreign visit after becoming President. He was accompanied by the first lady and a high-level delegation including Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, National Planning and Infrastructure, Transport and Civil Aviation and Economic Development, senior government officials...

  • December 19, 2018
    ISRO Space Museums and Space Applications
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Speaking to the media on November 26, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan stated ISRO recently discussed a proposal with the Kerala government to set up a space museum in Thiruvananthapuram, to which the state government responded positively and even allotted land for the purpose.

  • May 2, 2018
    National approach must beyond MoCA, CISF counter-drone moves
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has tied up with the Indian army to train personnel in identifying drones of Pakistani and Chinese origin, following a six-day training session conducted in Gopalpur, Odisha).

  • December 13, 2017
    Finally: A new dawn for General Aviation
    By B.K. Pandey

    With the patronage by the central government for the launch of seaplane services, the General Aviation segment of the Indian civil aviation industry will finally witness a new dawn!

  • September 20, 2017
    Indo-Japanese Strategic Partnership boosted
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indo-Japanese relations have always been special. Even during the recent Doklam standoff, it was Japan's envoy to India Kenji Hiramatsu who said there should be no attempt to change the status quo on the ground by force; categorizing the crisis...

  • September 4, 2017
    Airport Security – Plug the Gaps
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On 20 August, 2017, flight operations at Delhi airport were halted for around two hour with closure of the runways when an international airline pilot spotted a drone-like object in the area.

  • Foreign Direct Investment in aviation
    By B.K. Pandey, Editor, SP's Airbuz

    While the existing Indian carriers, particularly the state-owned Air India may find the going tough in future, the travelling public can look forward...

  • Coping with Drone Terror
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With two Interpol red corner notices ticked under his belt and well protected in Pakistan despite being the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed recently threatened, "If any drone attack takes place against Pakistan from Indian bases...

  • Take-off for National Civil Aviation Policy
    By B.K. Pandey, Editor, SP's Airbuz

    As the Indian civil aviation industry is expected to become the third largest by 2022, it would be necessary for the government to have the right vision, planning and execution.

  • Regional Connectivity Elements out of Draft Policy Civil Aviation Ministry, India
    By B.K. Pandey, Editor, SP's Airbuz

    The Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) will come into effect from 1 April 2016.

  • Mammoth Order for Aircraft by IndiGo
    By B.K. Pandey, Editor, SP's Airbuz

    IndiGo Airlines has always enjoyed a cherished relationship with Airbus and stands out for large orders for airliners with the original equipment manufacturer.

  • Whither Airport Security?
    By B.K. Pandey, Editor, SP's Airbuz

    CISF is the largest industrial security force in the world providing security cover to over 300 industrial units in the country.

  • General Aviation in India during One Year of Modi Government
    By Group Captain R.K. Bali (Retd)

    A lot is being written on how Modi Government has performed on various fronts during its first year in the office.

  • The AirAsia Disaster
    By B.K. Pandey, Editor, SP's Airbuz

    In all probability, the pilot of Flight QZ8501 too has blundered into a violent thunderstorm and lost control of the aircraft