Monthly Archives: March 2007

Sabena expanding fast, thanks to Kingfisher and Spice

March 29, 2007

Sabena Airline Training Center, 5010 E. Falcon Drive, is preparing the next generation of pilots to fly Boeing and Airbus aircraft for airlines in Europe and Asia.In February, the company moved its training center from Scottsdale Municipal Airport to Falcon Field to accommodate growth as the company lines up more business with rapidly growing...

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Bombay Flying club will take off again

March 29, 2007

Mumbai: All activities at The Bombay Flying Club, India’s oldest flying club, were grounded for the past year and a half. Why? Because the club, which was founded in 1929 by JRD Tata, lacked a chief flying instructor (CFI).But now there is hope for aspiring city pilots, as they will be able to complete...

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Seneca partners with institutions in India

March 29, 2007

Seneca College’s reputation in China is already well established. Mohammed Khan, the school’s vice-president of International and Business Development, says anyone taking a flight on one of that country’s domestic airlines, for example, will most likely be served by flight attendants who were trained the Seneca way.Now the college has set its sights on...

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Not enough to pilot great aviation dream in the country

March 29, 2007

Picture this: 35 flying schools in India churn out only 150 pilots every year. While with the boom in the aviation sector India would need 10,500 pilots by 2010, the supply could fall short by a huge gap.With shortage in the number of chief flying instructors (CFIs), limited number of aircraft, and large number...

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Indian aviation sector to generate 250,000 jobs by 2010

March 29, 2007

New Delhi: The boom in the country’s aviation sector is likely to result in the generation of nearly 2.5 lakh jobs by the year 2010, an Assocham report has said. According to the report, the civil aviation sector is also slated to become a Rs35,000 crore ( approx. $8.5 billion) industry in the same...

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Indian firm eyeing Changi Airport staff

March 21, 2007

Headhunters scouting for airport talent are eyeing staff at Singapore’s Changi in hopes of luring qualified people to fill key positions in India, media reports said Wednesday.Infrastructure giant GMR Group, leading the consortia tasked with building and running new airports in New Delhi and Hyderabad, has hired a recruitment firm in the city-state to...

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Jet loses key senior staff, denies attrition is a problem

March 21, 2007

Mumbai: Over the past few weeks, four senior ex-ecutives of Jet Airways, including the south-east Asia chief V Raja and head of train-ing Michael Tan have put in their papers. The airline brass in London is reportedly trying to hold back key senior executives.At junior levels, the airline is losing people to domestic rivals...

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State pilots wonder what to fly

March 21, 2007

Maharashtra state is stuck in an awkward situation as far as its official aircrafts meant for VIPs are concerned. Till recently, the government had been struggling for pilots to fly their planes as their only pilot did not qualify the regulations. Now, two newly-recruited pilots are sitting idle as the state has failed to...

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Indian aviation schools fly abroad

March 20, 2007

New Delhi: To cash in on the rapidly growing demand for pilots, Indian aviation academies are setting up training facilities abroad, where they can churn out pilots as quickly as in eight months, compared to almost two years that it takes in India.While Mumbai-based Indian Aviation Academy has set up a facility in Dubai,...

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Indian Air carriers need to add 5,000 pilots in 5 years

March 18, 2007

New Delhi: The Indian aviation industry is besieged with a crippling problem of acute shortage of pilots which could jeopardise its multi million dollar expansion programmes.“The total number of additional aircraft in the next five years is estimated at 500, for which an additional 5,000 pilots would be required,” aviation ministry sources toldCurrently, 2,940...

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