Monthly Archives: October 2007

India's cockpit crisis

October 31, 2007

India’s fast-growing airline industry is plagued by decaying infrastructure, frequent delays, and financial losses. Now add one more problem: a pilot shortage.The industry’s dozen or so carriers, many less than five years old, are scouring the globe in search of qualified captains and are struggling to train Indian pilots. “Ever since the hiring boom...

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Pilots were 'in a panic situation' before crashing west of Boynton Beach

October 31, 2007

West Boynton: A muffled audio exchange, taped from a conversation with air traffic control, captures three pilots’ desperate attempts to land their failing plane in the dark.“We are having problems. We need to land as soon as possible,” one man’s voice cut in and out as he spoke Saturday night to air traffic control...

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SC upholds AI's decision to cut number of cabin crew

October 31, 2007

New Delhi: Air India has overcome the legal hurdle to slash the number of its cabin crew on board as the apex court has dismissed a petition filed by Air India Cabin Crew Association challenging the national carrier’s decision.A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhan dismissed the petition saying that the association had been...

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Student pilot in Saturday's crash hoped to fly in India

October 30, 2007

A trainee co-piloting a single-engine plane that crashed west of Boynton Beach (Florida, US) Saturday night was a young student from India who came here with the goal of one day flying commercial airliners back home.Instead, 18-year-old Arjun Chhikara was killed along with his instructor, 46-year-old Anders Selberg, when their Piper P-28 Archer crashed...

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Indian student pilot, Swedish flight instructor die in Florida crash

October 29, 2007

Boynton Beach, FL: A plane crash in a gated golf community in suburban Boynton Beach that killed two men and critically injured a third Saturday night left authorities scrambling Sunday to notify families across the globe.The closest relatives for Anders Selberg, a 46-year-old flight instructor from Port St. Lucie who died, are in Sweden....

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Smile and shine

October 29, 2007

Mumbai: With the airline industry expecting a growth rate of 25 percent rate per annum, analysts predict a 7,000-8,000 plus requirement for cabin crew (air hostesses and flight pursers) in the next three years. And the supply has been there as well. “Even in smaller towns, there are easily about 150 aspirants on any...

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Indian air traffic controllers to train in US

October 27, 2007

New Delhi: Indian air traffic controllers (ATCs) will get an opportunity to train in the US, thanks to initiatives launched by the two countries to ramp up their ties in the civil aviation sector.The training will be conducted under the India-US Aviation Cooperation Programme (ACP) that will be overseen by the US-India Joint Aviation...

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Indian students in NZ plane crash

October 26, 2007

The pilot of a small plane which overshot the runway, clipped a fence and landed in scrub near Omaka Airfield yesterday has been described as a top flying student.The pilot and a fellow student, both from India, escaped with minor injuries after the 10.30am crash.They were taken to Wairau Hospital where they were treated...

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Gadgils to have flight simulator in Jeet Aerospace Institute

October 26, 2007

Pune: While many memorials built for soldiers lie ignored and forgotten, Kavita and her husband Capt Anil Gadgil, the parents of the martyred MiG 21 fighter pilot Abhijit Gadgil decided to honour many like him and announced the Jeet Aerospace Institute near Donje village last year. The institute was meant to introduce budding flyers...

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US teen shares his passion for aviation with other students

October 26, 2007

Shelby, North Carolina: Johnathan Bailey learned to fly before he knew how to drive a car.“I’ve been flying my whole life,” he said. “As long as I can remember.”The 17-year-old Shelby High student grew up around planes — his father was in the Air Force and worked at the Shelby airport. Now, he wants...

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