Monthly Archives: January 2007

US college to set up flying institute in Haryana

January 20, 2007

New Delhi: US-based Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is all set to start a new flying club in India, which will not only train pilots but will also offer courses in aeronautical engineering.The college has already got the go-ahead from the foreign investment promotion board (FIPB) and the institute is likely to be...

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2-month notice period for airline staff

January 19, 2007

Mumbai: Engineers leaving an airline will now have to serve a two-month notice period and secure a no objection certificate from the current employer. Top representatives of domestic airlines have signed a preliminary agreement for a two-month notice period for engineers and technical staff. According to sources, a meeting of the Federation of Indian...

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Pilot training in India interests Cessna, Bell

January 18, 2007

Because of the growing need for pilots in India, Cessna Aircraft is considering opening centers to offer flight training there.If it does, it would join with Cessna’s sister company, Bell Helicopter, which announced plans in India this week to establish a facility in India to train helicopter pilots.“Cessna is considering the possibility of offering...

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SpiceJet move gives wings to aspiring pilots

January 17, 2007

Bangalore: Not wanting to let pilot shortage ground its sky-high aspirations, budget airline SpiceJet Ltd has come up with a novel way of facilitating cadets for pilot training in acquiring loans from banks at lower interest rates and an easy repayment scheme.And, it is doing this by providing ‘surety of job’ to students wanting...

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Pilots to fly into engineers' zone

January 12, 2007

Mumbai: Can a pilot do an engineer’s job? The Directorate General of Civil Aviation thinks so. In a shocking decision taken this week, pilots have been deemed eligible to carry out pre-flight inspection of aircraft during transit halts.The 15-20 minute inspection entrusted till now only to qualified aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs) certifies whether the...

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This is your 18-yr-old pilot speaking

January 12, 2007

Next time you fly, don’t necessarily expect a 30-something man to call the shots inside the cockpit. With the age graph dipping in this particular profession, it is possible that the pilot will be some teenager, with a tattoo on his/her back and who is still not permitted to celebrate his/her first flight with...

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Govt mulls issuing multiple pilot licences

January 11, 2007

New Delhi: In a move that would address low cost airlines’ long-pending demand – and will also be a global first – the government is considering a proposal to issue multiple pilot licences. It will allow a pilot to fly more than one type of aircraft within a category of aircraft or in multiple...

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Air India to train science students as pilots

January 9, 2007

Mumbai: Shortage of pilots has been bothering Indian carriers for sometime now, but Air India seems to have found out a quick fix solution.The Maharaja is now visiting colleges, picking up BSc students and after a quick pilot aptitude test, the national carriers will offer the students a pilot training abroad.And when they get...

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Advanced aircraft engine school in India

January 7, 2007

New Delhi: CFM International will shortly set up an Aircraft Engine Training School in India to impart advanced courses in maintenance of its CFM56 engine that powers all the short-and-medium haul Boeing 737s and a majority of Airbus 320 series aircraft.Paul-Andre Chevrin, director of civil operations in India for the French aviation major Snecma,...

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More Middle-class pilots for India

January 6, 2007

New Delhi: Flying schools have reported an increase in the number of students from middle-class families. It’s education loans which have enabled aspiring pilots from these middle-class families to take wings.Though the average cost of pilot training in India is around Rs 13 lakh, high salaries and shorter gestation periods have led to this...

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