Monthly Archives: July 2011

IndiGo hires 35 Kingfisher Airlines pilots over past eight months

July 18, 2011

Mumbai: Budget carrier IndiGo has hired 35 pilots from rival Kingfisher Airlines over the past six to eight months, sources told ET. Gurgaon-based IndiGo, which kicked off its expansion plans with one of the largest aircraft orders in the industry earlier this year, is looking to hire aggressively. The hired pilots are said to...

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Phasing out foreign pilots while airlines add aircraft

July 18, 2011

New Delhi On one of the many job hunting and information sharing online networking forums, pilots from round the world post their queries on the Indian job market. They are worried about their job prospects in India — world’s second largest growing aviation market after China — ever since the Indian air safety regulator,...

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Asia-Pacific’s first world class aviation varsity to come up at Indira Gandhi Rastriya Udaan Academy in UP

July 18, 2011

New Delhi: An international aviation university and a helicopter training facility, arguably the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, will soon come up at Indira Gandhi Rastriya Udaan Academy (IRGUA) at Fursatganj in Uttar Pradesh. The decision was taken at a meeting of IRGUA’s governing council held here today under the...

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‘Trained’ plane maintenance engineers join ranks of jobless

July 18, 2011

New Delhi: She was fascinated by aviation when in school and after graduating with a BSc in physics, enrolled in an aircraft maintenance engineering (AME) college in Pune, Maharashtra. After finishing the three-year course that cost Rs. 3 lakh, certifying a flight for takeoff may still be years away, if not an impossible dream,...

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DGCA set to reform examination for pilot licences

July 11, 2011

New Delhi: In what comes as relief to aspiring flight commanders, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will reform the examination system for air transport pilot licences (ATPLs). As part of the reform, the aviation regulator has prepared a question bank for tests conducted for ATPLs. “We have prepared a question bank for...

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Kiwis want to set up pilot training schools

July 11, 2011

New Delhi: New Zealand plans to foray into the Indian aviation sector with ground schools for pilot training. Representatives of the New Zealand aviation industry, who visited the country along with Prime Minister H.E. John Key last month, met heads of major private airlines and the officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation...

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Bid to clip flying club’s wings?

July 11, 2011

Chennai: A section of Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials are trying to stop the flying operations of Madras Flying Club (MFC), the 80-year-old flying institute has alleged. Senior MFC members said officials at the southern regional division of AAI were refusing to clear the landing certificates of pilot trainees of the flying club,...

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Airline commanders can now have fewer flying hours’ experience

July 11, 2011

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/airline-commanders-can-now-have-fewer-flying-hours-experience/442163/ Airline commanders can now have fewer flying hours’ experience New Delhi: To meet the growing demand for flight commanders, Indian carriers have resorted to decreasing the minimum flying hour eligibility criteria for a co-pilot to become a commander. The latest to have changed the criteria is Kingfisher Airlines, which has reduced the requirement...

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23 Indian engineers ripped off

July 11, 2011

Kathmandu: Police on Saturday busted a cheating racket that ripped off at least 23 engineers from India by promising them jobs in Nepal Airlines. The engineers from different aviation disciplines were lured through an Internet advertisement, the police said. Of those cheated, the police rescued eight on Saturday afternoon from Tribhuvan International Airport (TAI)...

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Delhi Flying Club needs to be revived

July 3, 2011

Flying, a very intricate and sophisticated profession, cannot blend with politics. If done in haste, its outcome will be the same as the merger of the two national carriers, Indian Airlines (IA) and Air India (AI), which are on the verge of bankruptcy. The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy (IGRUA), initiated at the behest...

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