Month: May 2007

Lucy in the sky

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…

Learn to fly an Airbus in 1 year

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,…

No pilots for Air India Express's planes

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…

Punjab government approves three flight schools

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…

Demand for pilots at all-time high

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…

India faces skills shortage in aviation

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…

UB plans Rs 200 cr aviation varsity

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…

IA staff salaries match rivals

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…