The six-lane elevated highway between Hebbal and Bangalore international airport is posing a risk to flight safety at Government Flying Training School (GFTS), while burning a hole in the pocket of trainee pilots.
Located at Jakkur, the GFTS, is one of the oldest flight schools in the country, re-opened last month after a two year hiatus and has a batch of 12 students with six each enrolled to undergo training for private pilot licences (PPL) and commercial pilots licences (CPL).
Wing Commander Amarjeet Singh Dange, chief flight instructor, GFTS told dna that the six-lane elevated highway which has already eaten half of Jakkur aerodrome’s runway, is in general an obstruction for flying. Instructors have to be extra cautious while conducting solo flights as it is too risky to take off and land for rookies, due to the existence of the highway.
12/03/13 Hemanth CS/Daily News & Analysis