Monthly Archives: June 2011

Worldwide shortage of pilots, technicians forecast

June 25, 2011

The airline industry has traditionally been wary of adopting alternative fuels, and it’s fair to say, with good reason. An electric car that travels less than its advertised range could create some inconvenience and would ultimately send engineers back to the drawing board. But no one wants to even to think about a plane...

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SIA recruiting cadet pilots from India

June 25, 2011

Pilots used to be a much sought-after profession in Singapore, but it appears that Singaporeans are ’shunning’ the job as well which prompted Singapore Airlines (SIA) to put up a job advertisement in India to recruit and train Indian nationals to become SIA pilots. According to an amused netizen who tipped us off on...

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Demand for airline pilots set to soar

June 22, 2011

After nearly a four-year drought of job openings, the airline industry is on the brink of what’s predicted to be the biggest surge in pilot hiring in history. Aircraft maker Boeing has forecast a need for 466,650 more commercial pilots by 2029 — an average of 23,300 new pilots a year. Nearly 40% of...

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Air India pilots in demand

June 22, 2011

Reports in Asia say private airlines are offering jobs to Air India pilots who either have quit or who plan to do so.Carriers including IndiGo, SpiceJet, Qatar Airways and Emirates reportedly are cherry picking AI’s pilot base to meet their own fleet expansion needs. According to the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), five Air...

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Cut notice period, let us go: Air India pilots

June 22, 2011

Mumbai: Air India pilots, who resigned from the airline citing long delay in salaries and unfavourable working conditions, have urged the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to relax its notice period. The pilots also contended that working in such unhappy conditions is not only stressful but also dangerous for the safety of flyers....

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Private airlines vie for AI pilots

June 22, 2011

New Delhi: Private airlines are targeting disgruntled Air India pilots who have either quit or are planning to do so. According to market observers, private carriers such as IndiGo, SpiceJet, Qatar Airways and Emirates are competing with each other to recruit Air India pilots. This comes at a time low-cost carriers have lined up...

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Pilots exit Air India to join private carriers

June 16, 2011

Mumbai: More than 20 pilots have exited Air India in the last one month and joined private airlines. Many more pilots are expected to quit in the next few weeks according to three sources. This mass exodus got triggered after the pilots’ went on strike last month. Sensing the opportunity, private domestic players like...

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Government urged to take over Madras Flying Club

June 16, 2011

Chennai: The Madras Flying Club Employees’ Union on Wednesday appealed to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to bring the 80-year-old aviation club under government control to curb alleged malpractice and mismanagement. Briefing reporters here, K S Narayanan, president of the union, said, “Since the management committee members, elected by the club members, are indulging in...

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IndiGo, CAE in 5-year pact for training pilots

June 13, 2011

New Delhi: India’s largest low-cost airline, IndiGo, has announced a five-year deal with CAE to provide training to pilot cadets at the CAE Global Academy, Gondia and type-rating training centres. IndiGo said the 17-month cadet pilot programme was specifically designed to enable aspiring young pilots to receive both their initial commercial pilot licence (CPL)...

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IndiGo’s ‘earn as you learn’ to train pilots

June 12, 2011

New Delhi: Low cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo has decided to adopt an “earn as you learn” policy to train pilots for meeting its huge requirements as the airline is scheduled to get one plane a month for the next 13 years. The airline currently has 39 aircraft in its fleet and another 140 will...

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