India notifies drone certification scheme to boost indigenous manufacturing

NEW DELHI: India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Wednesday notified a drone certification scheme to ensure minimum safety and quality requirements as it will boost indigenous manufacturing, an official statement said. “The drone certification scheme notified on January 26, 2022, under Rule 7 of the liberalized Drone Rules, 2021 will help in simpler, faster […]

India notifies drone certification scheme to boost indigenous manufacturing

NEW DELHI: India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Wednesday notified a drone certification scheme to ensure minimum safety and quality requirements as it will boost indigenous manufacturing, an official statement said. “The drone certification scheme notified on January 26, 2022, under Rule 7 of the liberalized Drone Rules, 2021 will help in simpler, faster […]

China sends 39 warplanes toward Taiwan, largest in new year

By Huizhong Wu TAIPEI: China flew 39 warplanes toward Taiwan in its largest such sortie of the new year, continuing a pattern that the island has answered by scrambling its own jets in response. The formation Sunday night included 24 J-16 fighter jets and 10 J-10 jets, among other support aircraft and electronic warfare aircraft, […]

DRDO to display two tableaux during Republic Day parade 2022

NEW DELHI: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will display two tableaux during the forthcoming Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2022. The tableaux are ‘Suite of Indigenously Developed Sensors, Weapons and Electronic Warfare Systems for LCA Tejas’ and ‘Air Independent Propulsion System (AIP)’ developed for the submarines of Indian Navy. The first tableau displays […]

Airbus cancels $6 billion contract with Qatar Airways after paint fight

NEW DELHI: Airbus has taken the extraordinary step of cancelling a multi-billion-dollar order of 50 planes from Qatar Airways, a major customer, in an escalating feud over the airline’s grounding of A350 aircraft. The Qatari company, one of the Gulf region’s “big three” carriers, has grounded nearly half of its 53-plane A350 fleet over degradation of […]

Modair sets up tech-enabled air logistics firm

NEW DELHI: Aviation firm Modair said on Friday it has set up a tech-enabled air logistics company Modair Express to cater to the cargo market, connecting Tier-II and Tier -III towns with the key cities across the country. Making same day delivery feasible, the newly launched company is a multi-phased project to ensure maximum coverage […]

HAL Signs Contract for Export of ALH to Mauritius

NEW DELHI: In-line with government of India’s vision to boost defence exports to friendly foreign countries, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has  signed a contract with Govt. of Mauritius (GoM) for export of one Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH Mk III) for Mauritius Police Force. The government of Mauritius already operates HAL built ALH and Do-228 aircraft. […]

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Boeing to spin off venture capital arm

NEW DELHI: Boeing and AE Industrial Partners (AEI) have announced a strategic partnership to expand Boeing’s venture capital investing in mobility, space and connectivity, industrial tech and enterprise digital solutions, with a broader emphasis on sustainability. The partnership brings together Boeing’s aerospace and technology innovation and its HorizonX Ventures platform with AEI’s operational and private […]

GoAir plans Rs 2,500 crore IPO early FY22; may file preliminary papers in April

NEW DELHI: Wadia group-owned GoAir plans to come out with a Rs 2,500 crore-initial share sale early next fiscal, according to sources. The no-frills airline has been working on expansion plans and an Initial Public Offer (IPO) will help in raising funds. In recent months, many companies have hit the capital market with their IPOs […]

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Pakistan extends airspace ban along its eastern border with India till 28

LAHORE: Pakistan on Thursday extended its airspace ban along its eastern border with India for the third time till June 28, according to a notice issued by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot. […]