Monthly Archives: December 2006

DGCA flies in to plug shortage; plans to hire 250 foreign pilots

December 30, 2006

New Delhi: Faced with a mounting shortage of over 500 commercial pilots every year, action has been initiated on several fronts to mitigate the problem. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will reduce the period for acquiring a commercial pilot licence (CPL) from 16 to 12 months, and will introduce an multi-engine pilot...

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Maharashtra to train tribals as air hostesses, stewards

December 30, 2006

Nasik: Young tribals in the state are getting ready to greet you as air hostesses, flight stewards and ground handlers at airports.Cashing in on the aviation boom, the state government has decided to train 100 people through a programme likely to commence mid-January, which will be funded by the Maharashtra State Tribal Development Department.“We...

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DGCA considering upgrading the syllabus of pilots

December 28, 2006

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is considering upgrading the syllabus of pilots to ensure that all of them get automatically trained to operate at least the Category-II Instrument Landing System to overcome low visibility problems.“We are thinking on those lines … to modify the syllabus so that every pilot in...

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Era of women aviators

December 14, 2006

The Aviation boom in the country has lead more and more women pilots flying high. The cockpit is no longer just a man’s privilege as more and more women pilots take to the skies, their careers are certainly set to take off. The number of commercial women pilots in Indian skies has soared in...

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3000 pilots required in next three years

December 13, 2006

The government on Tuesday admitted an acute shortage of trained pilots in the aviation industry saying it is estimated that a total of 2,000 to 3,000 pilots would be required in the next two to three years to meet the shortfall.“Keeping in view the present trend of growth in the civil aviation sector it...

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IAF manages to curb exodus

December 11, 2006

New Delhi: The IAF policy to tighten screws on pilots scrambling to join the much-greener pastures in civilian airlines has had the desired effect: As compared to almost 300 pilots who left the force between 2002 and 2005, only about 20 have managed to do so this year.Latest figures show the new measures have...

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When flight schools fill up with foreign trainees, authorities get nervous

December 6, 2006

Ekansh Tyagi, an 18-year-old from New Delhi and two of his fellow flight school students at Windsor, Ont. found themselves answering pointed queries about why they had journeyed so close to the American border. “They asked me if I was involved in terrorist activities and I just laughed,” says Tyagi. A dark complexion and...

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Cleared for takeoff, but where’s the pilot?

December 6, 2006

Mumbai: Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had to fly to Nagpur for the winter session in a private aircraft as the state government aircraft did not have an official pilot. It still doesn’t. The only pilot, who turned 65 on November 14, had allegedly given an incorrect birthdate so that he could serve for three...

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