Monthly Archives: March 2012

Air India Express now conducts pilot recruiting exclusively for SC/ ST/OBC candidates

March 31, 2012

Air India Express have invited applications from experienced Boeing 737NG pilots belonging to Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Class Communities. The last date of application is April 30, 2012. The vacancies are for Captain/Check-PIlot/Examiner/Instructor (Type -Rated), Trainee Captain and Co-Pilot. The details are published here  in the Air India website. The...

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On a wing & a prayer for 3 years

March 31, 2012

Vikas Kujur was pursuing civil engineering studies in 2009 when the state government decided to train tribal and other underprivileged youths as commercial pilots. The 24-year-old left his course midway and joined the promising programme. Raj Kumar (26) was a probationary officer with State Bank of India. He, too, quit his job because he...

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Aviation may be down, but training institutes still fly high

March 31, 2012

Mumbai: An instance is Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Academy. His aviation business is hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but students from the aviation academy are in demand. “Our academy is doing much better than our aviation business. World over, bulk carriers like Emirates, Qatar, Etihad are all growing and recruiting. Besides, many...

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AI looks for foreign pilots to man its flights

March 29, 2012

Kochi: Failing to attract desi aviators to operate its Boeing 737-800 fleet, low-cost carrier Air India Express is thinking of hiring foreign commanders and pilots. Aimed at uninterrupted service, the airline had launched a recruitment drive for pilots in which preference was given to Indians. “But there was a lukewarm response and the number...

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Rajiv Gandhi aviation academy to get new building soon

March 29, 2012

Thiruvananthapuram: The foundation stone laying ceremony of a new academy complex for the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology will be held on March 28. “The state government has sanctioned Rs 1 crore and advance has been paid to BSNL’s civil engineering wing to undertake the construction,” said V Thulasidas, executive vice-chairman of the...

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Aviation institute ordered to return fees to student

March 25, 2012

Pune: The Pune district consumer grievances redressal forum has ordered AHA Aviation and Hospitality Academy  to repay to a student fees of Rs1.18 lakh along with 9% interest, an amount of Rs31,626 as interest on the loan the student’s father took to pay the fees and compensation of Rs25,000. Forum president Anjali Deshmukh and...

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South African SRS Aviation eyes operations in India

March 25, 2012

Mumbai: South Africa-based chartered flight operator and aircraft spare parts supplier SRS Aviation is looking at launching operations in India, a senior company official has said. “Initially, we are looking at opportunities in aviation training. We are in exploratory talks with potential partners in Mumbai and Chennai. We are also interested in setting up...

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Rajiv Gandhi academy needs infrastructure, not aircraft

March 21, 2012

Thiruvananthapuram: Finance minister KM Mani sanctioned Rs 6 crore to the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology (RGAAT) in this year’s budget to buy a twin-engine aircraft and start new courses. It is a small consolation for an institution functioning out of a rented building. A RGAAT official said lobbyists are trying to increase...

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Shortage of commanders not trained pilots: Ajit Singh

March 21, 2012

New Delhi: The government today said there was no shortage of trained pilots in the country but steps were being taken to overcome the scarcity of ‘type-rated’ Commanders. “There is no shortage of trained pilots. However, there is a shortage of type-rated commanders in the country,” Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said in response...

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Airbus to set up second pilot training centre in India

March 15, 2012

Hyderabad: Airbus has signed an agreement with CAE simulator training to set up a second pilot and maintenance crew training centre in India. The centre, to be located in Noida near New Delhi, will train 5,000 pilots and crew annually. The agreement was signed Wednesday on the first day of India Aviation 2012, the...

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