Monthly Archives: August 2010

Pilot Hiring News In India Is Mostly Positive

August 27, 2010

Ormond Beach, Florida: In a big turnaround from the past couple of years, almost all the news about pilot hiring in India in 2010 has been positive at least if you are an Indian citizen.  With several thousand Indian pilots having trained to be commercial pilots over the past several years and waiting for...

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Chopper crashes during training session; Pilot safe

August 27, 2010

Bangalore: A Chetak helicopter crashed at Rotary Wing Academy in Bangolare on Friday. However, the pilot of the chopper was stated to be safe. According to the sources, the mishap took place during training session at Rotary wing Academy. The HAL Rotary Wing Academy, Bangalore was established in February 2000 for helicopter flying training...

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India backs down on foreign pilots bar

August 24, 2010

New Delhi/Singapore/Manila: India’s aviation authorities have backed down from removing foreign pilots from the country’s commercial airlines for another year as demand for air travel recovers and local private carriers once again look to expand. While India has about 3,000 novice pilots awaiting jobs with commercial airlines, India’s domestic supply of veteran pilots –...

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In pursuit of the Ultimate high

August 22, 2010

India may not have flying communities like Florida’s Spruce Creek-where roads are taxiways, homes have aircraft hangars and windows open to neighbourhood runways-but change is in the air, as those who can afford flying school are lining up to earn their Private Pilot Licences (PPL). Over the last few years, industrialists, lawyers, engineers, et...

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Helping young women learn to fly

August 21, 2010

Flight instructor, pilot and mentor to youth Malvika Matharoo impresses right away with her forthrightness and energy. “I have always been interested in unique things,” says Matharoo, a Petaluma resident. “That is what drove my passion to get into aviation. I had a couple of male friends who said women should not be in...

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Cochin Airport To Open Engineering School

August 20, 2010

India’s Cochin International Airport Ltd. (CIAL) in Nedumbassery is about to launch an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering School (AMES). The school, which will provide education and training in aircraft maintenance and repair, will open Sept. 1. The facility has received mandatory Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approval. Initially, there will be two classes of...

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Madras Flying Club to face bulldozers soon

August 20, 2010

Chennai: The Madras Flying Club (MFC) is expected to be demolished, as the Chennai Airport needs the land for expansion of the taxitrack that runs parallel to the main runway. MFC currently occupies about 1,600 sq m land leased to them by the airport authority. The lease reportedly expired in 1997 and the MFC...

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Nagaland in process of setting up Aviation Institute

August 16, 2010

Kohima : Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today asserted that as part of youth empowerment and capacity building efforts, the state government, in collaboration with the Carver Academy of Civil Aviation, was in the process of setting up Aviation Institute at Dimapur. “The institute will provide training facilities for pilots as well as aircraft maintenance...

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Airlines short of Type rated Commanders; Expat pilots to stay till July next year

August 13, 2010

There is no shortage of trained pilots in the country, however there is shortage of Type rated Commanders with Airline operators. To overcome this shortage, Airline operators have been permitted to utilize expatriate Pilots upto 31 July 2011 subject to validation of their foreign licence by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This...

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Flight Attendants Grounded For Being Too Fat

August 13, 2010

Last Saturday, Turkish Airlines announced that 28 flight attendants, both men and women, had been grounded and suspended on unpaid leave until they lose weight. “Weight and height are important factors at all airlines,” the airline said in a statement published by Turkish newspaper Haber Turk daily.  “These criteria are important both in terms...

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