Monthly Archives: May 2012

Commercial pilot licence examination: CBI arrests two pilots for leaked exam paper

May 23, 2012

New Delhi: The CBI has arrested two pilots, including one from Air India subsidiary Alliance Air, in connection with the alleged leak of a question paper of the commercial pilot licence examination. H S Malhotra of Alliance Air was arrested on May 18 and Siddharth Chowdhury of Indigo airline was arrested a day earlier....

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Jet Airways to sack 72 expats to take locals on board

May 23, 2012

Mumbai: In an attempt to prune costs and navigate itself out of the turbulence in the Indian aviation sector, the nation’s largest private airline, Jet Airways, has decided to terminate contracts of 72 of its high-cost expatriate pilots. The Naresh Goyal-promoted airline sent notices to a section of its expat pilots last week. Nikos...

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Rae Bareli civil aviation institute likely to get university status

May 20, 2012

Lucknow: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has expressed its interest on upgrading the Indira Gandhi National Civil Aviation Institute in Rae Bareli to the status of a deemed university. Chairman, AAI, VP Agarwal said that the institute promises to be elevated and made operational like a university. Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi last...

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3 DGCA officials suspended on license issue

May 20, 2012

New Delhi: Three DGCA officials have been suspended for issuing licences classifying 28 flying schools as charitable non-profit entities instead of fully commercial entities, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Thursday. He said based on investigation report submitted by the Chief Vigilance Officer in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), it was...

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AAI to recruit jr executives in ATC

May 20, 2012

New Delhi: To meet shortage of officers in Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) wing, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) will recruit 200 junior executives, the government today said. “The actual strength of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) at present is 2,191 against the sanctioned strength of 2,417…The AAI has initiated necessary steps for recruitment of...

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India axes foreign pilots

May 14, 2012

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has given airlines a 2013 deadline to phase out expat pilots. Foreign pilots are generally better paid than domestic ones because of the experience they bring. However, Indian airlines are struggling to survive. The problem has been exacerbated by the rupee falling to a four-month low against the...

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Wannabe pilots now working in call centres

May 6, 2012

Bangalore: Lured by the prospect of landing a highly remunerative and glamorous job as a pilot when the domestic aviation industry in India was on a roll, Abhishek decided to pursue a course for a pilot’s licence. He joined a flying school in South Africa after raising a bank loan. After having finished the...

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Training school won’t fly out of Jakkur. Or be closed

May 6, 2012

Bangalore: The state government has assured aviation enthusiasts that the Government Flying Training School (GFTS) would not be shut down or shifted out from its present location in Jakkur Air Field. Chief secretary SV Ranganath, who chaired a meeting on Friday, assured that the GFTS—which is facing the threat of closure, as a significant...

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Indian Air Force short of 363 pilots: Report

May 2, 2012

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force is short of 363 pilots, a shortage that has lingered on for nearly five years owing to a lack of basic trainers. As per data, the sanctioned strength of aviators in IAF as on January 1, 2012, was 3,783. However, the force has only 3,420 in its ranks....

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