Monthly Archives: September 2010

Foreign pilots in demand as fleets expand

September 28, 2010

New Delhi: Airlines have started lobbying the aviation regulator for a blanket five-year clearance to employ foreign pilots, preparing to expand their combined fleet strength by one-third in anticipation of a coming boom in passenger traffic. The industry also wants the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to give airlines the flexibility to offer expat...

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Singapore Airlines hiring Indian cabin crew

September 27, 2010

Kolkata: Singapore Airlines is hiring cabin crew of Indian origin. It plans to have at least 2-3 Indians on each flight flying from or to India. “Yes we are hiring cabin crew and staff with Indian origin. All I can say at this point of time is that the idea is to have at...

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A thousand career dreams take wing at aeronautics show

September 27, 2010

Bangalore: At a time when National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore is taking special measures to attract young people into its fold, about 3,000 youths sprang a surprise on the institute by evincing interest in career prospects in aeronautics here on Sunday. Youngsters from schools and colleges came in hordes to the day-long technological exhibition...

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Appoint selected candidates: HC to Airports Authority

September 23, 2010

New Delhi: Delhi High Court has directed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to issue letter of appointment to candidates selected for the posts of Manager (ATC) Manager (Electronics) in December 2009, but were later rejected for “no valid reasons”. From the December 2009 lot, the AAI had earlier this year issued appointment letters...

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Chief flying instructors see red over ‘failed’ tests

September 21, 2010

Mumbai: The country’s flying training industry will soon witness one of the murkiest legal battles with the chief flying instructors (CFI) of India  fighting on one side and a former flying instructor, who was appointed as the director of flying training, directorate-general of civil aviation, on the other. Capt Arun Mann, who was the...

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Airlines face pilot shortage, industry short of 300 pilots now

September 18, 2010

New Delhi: The country’s airlines have drawn up ambitious expansion plans against a brightening backdrop, but are confronted with a severe shortage of experienced pilots. Industry estimates peg the shortage at 300 at present, but the number will swell to nearly 700 once a government order that bars expat pilots takes effect from next...

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Plane piloted by Indian students makes unexpected landing at US airport

September 16, 2010

Rochester, NY: A private plane carrying two flight students from Canada landed safely at the Greater Rochester International Airport last night without notifying air traffic controllers or airport officials. The small plane, a Cessna 152, landed on the airport’s midsized runway just before 9:30 p.m., said airport director David Damelio. No one was injured....

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Helicopter pilots training academy eyes overseas market

September 16, 2010

Buoyed by the success of training Bell-412 chopper pilots in India, the Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF), the only such in the country, is set to tap foreign markets, its chief executive says. HATSOFF completed training for the first batch of six Bell-412 pilots on Monday. It has signed a...

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Madagascar invites Punjab group to set up aviation institute

September 16, 2010

The government of Madagascar and the Punjab-based Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutes will collaborate to set up an aviation institute in the island nation, a spokesperson for the group said here Tuesday. ‘Having visited the group’s campus and after thoroughly going through the credentials of this group, we have zeroed on in north India to...

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Chic blue tunic, stylish cap and a wig to match

September 15, 2010

Low cost carrier Indigo Airlines may have taken the idea of a ‘uniform look’ a bit too literally. As a part of its makeover, the airline has not only given its flight attendants a chic blue tunic and a stylish cap, but also a wig to match. While airlines going for a complete makeover...

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