Monthly Archives: September 2007

Pilot courses in US work out cheaper than in India

September 29, 2007

New Delhi: Even while 37 applications for setting up flying academies are pending for government clearance, the inexpensive fees of commercial pilot training courses in the US, South-east Asia and Australia, compared to India, are forcing aspiring pilots to go abroad. While the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uraan Academy (IGRUA) — an autonomous flying institute...

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Mysore girls fly high

September 29, 2007

Mysore: The Centre Head of Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, Mysore, Mamta Arun, felicitated Ahana Nanda, a student of Frankfinn who got selected by Indigo Airlines as cabin crew, in a campus interview organised by Frankfinn recently.Ahana had to go through seven rounds of interview before receiving the offer letter from Indigo Airlines....

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AME Examination candidate list revised

September 28, 2007

DGCA has revised the list of admitted candidates for AME License Examination October 2007. Bangalore Chennai Hyderabad Kolkota Mumbai Delhi Others DGCA dirtects the candidates to check their particulars for correctness of allottedpapers / centres etc. In case of any discrepancy, it should be IMMEDIATELYbrought to the notice of the Central Examination Organization, East...

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Airlines hire expat pilots to fly smaller aircraft

September 28, 2007

New Delhi: Indian pilots’ penchant for flying bigger aircraft and their disinclination to sit in cockpits of smaller aircraft, such as ATRs (40-70 seats), may force some airlines to rejig the delivery schedules for smaller aircraft into their fleet.To tide over the issue, airlines are being forced to hire expat pilots to keep their...

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Airlines prefer women cabin crew

September 27, 2007

When Vijay Mallya launched Kingfisher Airlines, he brought a new look to the Indian skies. And one of the highlights of the facelift was the introduction of ‘flying models’- the young, glamorous and all-female cabin crew handpicked by Mallya himself.But now two years later the increasing number of male flight attendants find themselves deprived...

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Instructor shortage bites

September 27, 2007

Tomorrow’s pilots are finding fewer instructors to train them as airlines whisk up new employees with fewer and fewer flight hours, warned NBAA exhibitors at the show this morning.Exhibitors representing schools from coast to coast report sending graduates to airlines without first hiring them as instructors, which is the traditional path to gaining experience...

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HAL-CAE pact to set up academy

September 27, 2007

Bangalore: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and CAE, a Canadian firm, today signed an agreement here to set up a joint venture company that will open a helicopter simulator training centre in the city, the first of its kind in India devoted specifically to serve civil and military helicopter customers in the regionHelicopter Academy to Train...

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Pilot shortage easing?

September 26, 2007

Pilots are probably one the highest paid professionals in India with salaries ranging from five lakh rupees a month to over Rs 10 lakh depending on the aircraft they fly and their experience. Over the past 3 years poaching had sent remunerations spiraling. But in the past 12 months salaries have begun to stabilise.“Salaries...

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Safety fears over flight simulator training

September 26, 2007

Fatal plane crashes this year in Indonesia and Thailand have put the issue of pilot competency in the spotlight, and in Australia there are warnings that our own commercial air safety could be compromised by a proposed new licensing system for copilots.By any standard, 2007 has been a horror year for commercial air safety....

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Now, airlines to go slow on expat pilots

September 25, 2007

New Delhi: Indian airline companies are getting ambitious; they not only want to bridge the supply gap in the domestic market but also want to train manpower in huge numbers so that the surplus is recruited by foreign airlines.For instance, India’s largest private airline Jet Airways is in the process of creating a large...

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