Monthly Archives: November 2007

Shortage of aircraft maintenance engineers worldwide

November 30, 2007

Cyberjaya: There is a need to overcome the worldwide shortage of aircraft maintenance engineers (AME).Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the number of aircrafts has quadrupled in the past 20 years.“In order to maintain these modern aircrafts, there is a need for people with special skills and attributes,” he said...

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Air India too targeting South Africa's pilots

November 30, 2007

South Africa’s best pilots are being lured by promises of lucrative packages and better prospects from big international airlines.With the global airline market booming, some of the bigger airlines such as Air India, Emirates, Qatar and Etihad are said to be among the bigger carriers targeting South Africa’s top pilots, who are reported to...

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Converting foreign pilot licences to Indian made easy

November 29, 2007

New Delhi: With pilot shortage in India getting acute and airlines unable to fully utilise the planes they have or deferring acquisition, the government has simplified the process of converting professional pilot’s licence issued abroad to an Indian one.As soon as a foreign licence holder clears the requisite tests prescribed by the DGCA, he...

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Soon, more senior citizen pilots in Indian skies

November 29, 2007

New Delhi: The skies are expected to get greyer. We’re not talking about weather conditions, but the increase in the number of pilots above the age of 60 in Indian skies.In a bid to ease the acute shortage of pilots, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has streamlined the process for foreign pilots to get...

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Air Force-AI pilot pact crashes

November 27, 2007

New Delhi: An eight-month-old ambitious plan to end the shortage of pilots in Air India with the help of the Indian Air Force has failed to take off. Only nine IAF pilots have joined the national carrier so far, and there are no indications of more joining in the near future.According to the Directorate-General...

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Shortage of pilots, ground staff plague national airline

November 27, 2007

New Delhi: Even as Air India and Indian have, in the past few days, been victims of fog, bird-hits and technical snags, a shortage of pilots and ground staff have worsened the situation for the newly merged airlines.According to Aviation Industry Employees Guild, Air India is also reeling under a severe staff shortage. “When...

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CAE expected to cash in on new international pilot training licences

November 26, 2007

Montreal: A new international rule that allows commercial airline co-pilots to gain licences with minimal actual flying experience could be money in the bank for simulator manufacturers and pilot training firms like Canada’s CAE Inc. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has amended its decades-old rules by adopting multi-crew pilot licences (MPL), which permit...

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Tough exams aggravate pilot shortage

November 25, 2007

Mumbai: With the aviation boom underway, and an estimated shortage of 450 pilots, many feel the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) must facilitate an easier licensing process. The DGCA, however, insists that students must have maths and physics as subjects in Class 12; 200 hours of flying, including 25 hours of multi-engine flying;...

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Commercial pilots may get trained in a year’s time

November 25, 2007

New Delhi: The total time taken to train a person into a commercial pilot (CPL) is likely to come down to under a year from 18 months for those who don’t have the mandatory physics and mathematics in class 12.The National Open School (NOS) under the HRD ministry has started online admissions for the...

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Set your sights

November 25, 2007

In his late teens, my nephew declared one day that he wanted to become a professional pilot after his studies. Now, even as his passion for flying is unputdownable, I could not see how I could help, given his eyesight weakness.He has been wearing glasses from his childhood owing to a refractive error.And now...

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