2014_HEADER22014 has been a very eventful year for The Flying Engineer. The year has witnessed The Flying Engineer going beyond the technical – into airline performance, strategy, and people. The belief is that a strong technical background and understanding provide the ideal platform to analyse how an asset is used, in an airline. In short, there has been a growth into the airline segment as well – operational analysis, and the people who run it.

In calendar year 2014, The Flying Engineer was fortunate to make inroads into the Indian airline industry, at levels and scales that were unimagined. Owing to its content, The Flying Engineer has been contacted by airline C-level officers, from both established and start-up airlines in India, overseas leasing company C-level officers, domestic airline investors, airline IT solutions providers, training institutes, aerospace companies and the national media – to throw light into the world of Indian aviation. Consultancy has been a new-found, although fledgling activity.

Numerous exercises in this field, involving the processing of publicly available data, with inputs from numerous seasoned, established professionals in the field, have sparked interest in a field that seems like the perfect blend of a technical understanding and analysis – The Flying Engineer’s forte – Corporate Planning and Strategy.

In short, The Flying Engineer is no longer only about airliners, systems, training, and safety. The Flying Engineer is also about airlines, network, strategy, service, analysis, and people at the helm of affairs.

2014 also witnessed The Flying Engineer contributing to ‘Cruising Heights’ – a magazine The Flying Engineer believes in, for many reasons. The Flying Engineer is pleased to have contributed to SP’s Airbuz from 2009 up till the first quarter of CY2014.

2014 also witnessed The Flying Engineer being quoted in certain leading national publications.

Qualification, Experience and Achievements:

Consulted for airlines, investors, and airframers. Designed, built and commissioned the world’s largest academic flight simulator solution for an engineering college. Renovated a DGCA approved flight simulator. Supplied generic flight simulators to Honeywell. Formerly with Honeywell, hold two US patents. Worked on simulators and aircraft exterior lighting. As a personal engagement – Built LED anti-collision lights for an aircraft flown by the former director of NAL. Also freelance for the only active microlight manufacturer in India. Graduate engineer.

Performance Statistics

2014 gathered 370,961 views, which is 53% of the total views since 2011 : 694,591, as on 31st-December-2014. In 2014, the site had an average of 1000 views per day.

Most of the views were from India (25%) and the United States of America (18%), followed closely by the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the UAE. We have however had visitors from every country in the world.

The Flying Engineer however does not focus on views. It’s who visits the site that is more important than how many view the site.

Cruising Heights:

2014

CH CONTRIBUTIONS 2014June: AirAsia India (Cover Story)

July: Air Costa & AirAsia India Update.

August: A330NEO and its regional relevance. AirAsia India update.

September: Scope of turboprops in India (Cover Story), AirAsia India update.

October: SpiceJet (Cover Story, including Sanjiv’s interview), airline update.

November: Air Pegasus (part of Cover Story), airline update.

December: Split Scimitar Winglets, airline update.

SP’s Airbuz

2014:

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April-May: GAGAN: India’s first step to a Future Air Navigation System.

February – March: Bombardier C-Series – A class apart, The Year Gone By (2013 review), Battle between speed and economy: Regional Jets v/s Turboprops.

2013:

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December-January: Revolutionizing Taxiing (Honeywell-Safran EGTS & WheelTug).

April-May: Interview with Filliop Bagnato, CEO, ATR.

February-March: Easy to Fly: ATR 72-600 flightdeck.

2012:

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October-November: Volatile Glamour (On CPL prospects in India)

April-May: National Flying Training Institute (NFTI)

February-March: Sharklets, Learning from Crisis (Iran Air 743 incident w/ the PIC interview)

2011:

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October-November: Flying a Turboprop (I started this site after this piece, when the publishing house decided to not publish (there was resistance from a turboprop manufacturer, which influenced the publishing house) the second half of the now infamous proud to Fly a Turboprop: Q400 v/s ATR piece)

2010:

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Issue 6: Interview with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler.

Issue 4: Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy (IGRUA) cover.

June-July: Simulator Training – Key to proficiency (FFS session with Kingfisher airlines)

April-May: VOR article.

2009:

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October-November: ‘A320 Unravelled’ : A 320 jumpseat experience, detailed.

Issue 3: Plane on on the beach

Issue 2: Flying Blind (Instrument Landing System ILS)

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