Month: May 2011

Jakkur flying school set to be grounded?

The Government Flying School at Jakkur, an institution conceived by Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in 1948, which gave the country its first woman pilot, has run into rough weather. Activities at the school were halted for more than a decade around the…

Demand for pilots soars as business booms

Huge international demand for airline pilots is driving growth at CTC Aviation Training, with student numbers expected to reach 300 by next year. The crew-training centre, based at Hamilton International Airport, is recruiting up to 19 new instructors to meet…

DGCA scraps special exams for pilots

Mumbai: Students aspiring to be pilots will now have to clear all the pilot license exam papers only by appearing for regular exams that are held once in three months. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has scrapped the…

Fly-by-night school

New Delhi: It was after watching Amitabh Bachchan hang-gliding in the 1981 flick Yaarana that Samson D’silva dreamt of free-flying. But due to the lack of paragliding instructors and infrastructure, and the unpopularity of the aviation sport in the country,…