Monthly Archives: May 2011

Jakkur flying school set to be grounded?

May 24, 2011

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 turn of the century, and although classes recommenced in March this year, the school...

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Four AI pilots quit to join private airlines

May 24, 2011

Mumbai: Four senior pilots with Air India (AI) quit last week for jobs in private airlines because they were unable to handle the turbulence in the company. Sources in the airline said this could be an indication of the first signs of cracks in the loss-making national carrier. Around 40 pilots, including these four...

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Air India’s subsidiary starts pilot recruitment

May 22, 2011

New Delhi: National carrier Air India’s low-cost subsidiary Alliance Air Tuesday started a pilot recruitment campaign, intended to help the airline to tide over any future strike called by the present pilots unions, a senior official said. “We have started this requirement campaign for our subsidiary airline Alliance Air. Through this we hope to...

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600 pilots needed in budget carrier flydubai’s expansion

May 22, 2011

The budget carrier flydubai is set to embark on an aggressive hiring campaign for 600 pilots over the next four years to drive the airline’s next phase of growth. The effort will increase the airline’s ranks to more than 800 pilots as it plans for an eventual fleet of 54 short-haul Boeing 737s by...

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Demand for pilots soars as business booms

May 22, 2011

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 demand from India, China and the Asia-Pacific region where 50,000 pilots will be needed...

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DGCA scraps special exams for pilots

May 14, 2011

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 practise of holding special exams and changes to this effect have been brought about...

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One more fake pilot held, total arrest in such cases 19

May 13, 2011

New Delhi: One more pilot was arrested here for allegedly using forged marksheets to procure commercial flying licences, taking the total number of people arrested in such cases to 19. The names of Jigesh G Bhai Patel and Saurabh P Lokhande have also been forwarded to Delhi police’s crime branch by airline regulator Directorate...

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Frankfinn – World’s No. 1 Air Hostess Training Institute

May 13, 2011

Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training was presented the award by Dr. Syed Zaidi, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation for ‘The Best Training Institute’. Commemorating the Centenary of Indian Civil Aviation, ASSOCHAM, India’s premier apex industry body, organised a conference at a glittering function at the Leela Hotel, New Delhi. Dr. Syed Nasim Ahmad...

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Not all instructors or pilots lack credibility: DGCA training chief

May 10, 2011

Mumbai: In the wake of fake pilot license scam that shook the entire country, the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) decided to hire 420 personnel in its flying training directorate as some of the flying training schools (FTS) were also found helping students login more hours than they had actually flown.DNA speaks to...

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Fly-by-night school

May 10, 2011

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, it wasn’t until 1995 that D’silva got to follow his passion. “That year, I...

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