The 26 wannabe pilots of the state whose aspiration to fly high was cut short after they were returned home from the Bilaspur-based flying academy midway in last October could now aspire to resume their flight as the government has apparently completed the nitty-gritty of resuming their training afresh.
The state government has signed an agreement with a Uttar Pradesh-based flying academy to provide commercial pilot training to the 26 youths belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Schedule Tribe and Other Backward Classes.
“It took some time to verify the claims of the aviation academy. On finding that the training school satisfies all the parameters laid down by the apex civil aviation regulatory body (Director General of Civil Aviation) we decided to send our children to the academy for pilot training,” said tribal welfare minister Champai Soren.
In October 2011, the young prospective pilots undergoing 18-month training at Bilaspur-based Sai Flytech Aviation Academy returned home midway following the cancellation of agreement with the academy. The DGCA disqualified the academy as it failed to maintain certain parameters, claimed state aviation department sources.
05/12/12 Times of India