Aerospace giants eye Indian market, manpower
The shift of focus of the air show from top notch fighter jet technologies to emerging concerns is evident not just in the line up of aircraft for the main event, set to begin on February 6, but also during the seminar and meetings that began on Monday.
President of Royal Aeronautical Society in the UK Phil Boyle, who spoke at the opening of the technical programme of the seminar, outlined civil aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles as the key areas of growth for the industry. While growth in the Asia Pacific region is leading the demand in the civil aviation sector, 80 countries have an ongoing UAV programme by one name or the other, he said. A fifth generation advanced fighter aircraft was briefly mentioned by Boyle as something for the industry to look forward to, but included the caveat of cost and time for its development.
The real challenge to the aerospace industry is its aging workforce in the US and Europe, he said. “There is a shortfall of engineers partly due to the demographics of the industry in the US and Europe,” he said. The increasing shortage of aerospace engineers is resulting
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