Monthly Archives: May 2007

Lucy in the sky

May 31, 2007

Airhostess academies are sprouting like wild mushroom. Air Hostess Academy (AHA), Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Training, Indian Aviation Acadmy (IAA), Flying Cats and Avalon are just a few. Technically, there are around 100-odd institutes but only six to seven big players. With course fees ranging from Rs 60,000 to nearly Rs 2,50,000, the one...

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Learn to fly an Airbus in 1 year

May 31, 2007

If the vast potential of the newly-opened Clark International Aviation (CIA) at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga, Philippines would be realized, commercial pilots can well be the next professionals that Filipinos could be famous for.Opened early this year, the CIA offers an intensive, integrated 12-month training of first-time pilots. At the end...

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No pilots for Air India Express's planes

May 29, 2007

Mumbai: Air India has bought seven new Boeing aircraft for its low cost operations. These are perhaps the best ones so far in its fleet with features like leather seats and in-flight entertainment.However, the planes stand grounded at Air India’s hanger in Mumbai, as there are no pilots to fly. Besides, soon there will...

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1000 IAF pilots stuck in ground jobs; Commercial aviation lacks 220 pilots

May 25, 2007

New Delhi: At least 1,000 fit and trained pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are stuck in ground and desk jobs mainly because the force does not have enough aircraft, according to classified air force documents.The government spent about Rs 5,000 crore in training these pilots to fly combat and other aircraft, says...

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Coast Guard short of pilots on silver jubilee

May 25, 2007

Mumbai: Even as they recently celebrated 25 years of inception of the air wing, the Indian Coast Guard is plagued with increasing shortage of pilots. As against 110 pilots, the force currently has only 60 odd pilots. What adds to the worries of the Coast Guard’s worry is that it expects its strength to...

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Punjab government approves three flight schools

May 24, 2007

Chandigarh: The Punjab government today gave its approval for setting up three flight training schools in the state under public private partnership (PPP) model and also upgrading the infrastructure at the Patiala Flying Training Academy.The schools would come up at Amritsar, Ludhiana and Bathinda.The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by Punjab...

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Demand for pilots at all-time high

May 24, 2007

With the demand for pilots at an all-time high, more and more youngsters are training to take to the skies, and nowhere more than in Hyderabad, which is home to both government and private aviation academies.The boom in the airline industry has triggered a huge shortage of pilots in India.There is an estimated demand...

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India faces skills shortage in aviation

May 24, 2007

London: India needs to tackle a skills shortage in order to safeguard ambitious growth targets set for its rapidly expanding aviation market, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said on Wednesday.“We have issues with a manpower shortage. We need a lot of pilots, a lot of engineers, a lot of technicians, a lot of ATCOs...

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UB plans Rs 200 cr aviation varsity

May 22, 2007

Mumbai: UB group, the promoter of fullservice airline Kingfisher Airlines, will start an aviation university with an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore. The university will house a fully equipped pilot training centre.“The pilot training centres would be set up on the lines of flying schools in the country. The university would have all...

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IA staff salaries match rivals

May 17, 2007

Mumbai\New Delhi: The salaries of Indian Airlines’ (IA) ground staff, who have threatened to strike work over wage arrears, are on a par with their peers in Air-India (A-I) and other private airlines.About 14,000 of the 18,000-strong IA employees have threatened to go on a mass leave on May 18, demanding a settlement of...

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