IBEF report). From low-cost carriers (LCCs) to modern airports to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in domestic airlines, the aviation sector has seen major advances in IT solutions with growing emphasis on regional connectivity. Being the ninth-largest civil aviation market in the world, with a market size of around $16 billion, this is one sector which has presented massive growth opportunities owing to the relentless mergers and acquisitions in the last one decade. This has also laid a fertile ground for startups who are gradually but effectively making an entry to drive innovation in the aviation industry. While the entire nation is pumped about Aero India 2017 that begins tomorrow (February 14, 2017), we thought you should know about 5 most promising Indian aviation startups who are making the best out of the opportunities available: ICAO) recognized training courses for ambulance, Search and Rescue (SAR) and military clients. The startup’s management team also writes, reviews, and audits aircraft safety management systems (SMS) and operational procedure documents such as Operations Manuals. In addition, it has established National Search & Rescue Services for various government and resources industry clients, trained and established regional air ambulance services, and consulted to clients on the safe and effective operation of SAR services. Nitin Gupta Location: Pune The startup works towards building innovative products in the Autonomous Systems space. Last year, the startup came up with an advanced flight computer system and its operating system, which essentially forms the brains of these drones. Their Flyt platform that comprises of FlytPOD (the flight computer) and FlytOS (operating system), is already popular amongst commercial drone makers in North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Europe. What’s interesting is that the startup also offers a HackerSpace Internship Program aimed at young researchers with a hacker’s mindset to explore, learn and implement ideas around Intelligent UAVs. They bagged the title of “Startup of the Year – Technology, 2016” by Startup Leadership Program in March 2016. Unmanned Engineeria, provides training in Unmanned Aerial Systems and drones for aerial photography, aerial mapping, aerial inspections and other commercial applications. While the drone ban since 2014 has curbed the use of drones for commercial purposes, the startup is engaged with the state government for a couple of projects. UAV industrial inspections, and aerial survey for geographic information system (GIS), agriculture and mining. A part of their revenue also comes from drone photography for the real estate and other commercial purposes. The startup gives insights into data collected to help enterprises in the designing, planning and project execution stages. Furthermore, the startup aims to achieve preventive maintenance through emergency response planning by deploying UAVs for collecting data in situations potentially hazardous to human life.
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