Monthly Archives: March 2014

DGCA increases pilots’ licence renewal period from 2 to 5 yrs

March 30, 2014

New Delhi: In a bid to enhance efficiency of air operations, DGCA today decided to enhance the period of pilots’ licence renewal from two to five years, subject to the airlines and the cockpit crew meeting all other requirements like medical checks.  The decision was taken at a meeting the top-brass of the aviation...

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Air India sees exit and return of pilots

March 27, 2014

New Delhi: Air India has become a revolving door for its prized but disappointed pilots, with many threatening to quit and some returning to the fold after resigning. In past few days, eight pilots — who quit to join mega carriers like Emirates, Etihad and Qatar — have rejoined the Maharaja.  The airline has...

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P&W to develop engine training centre at Hyderabad

March 17, 2014

Mumbai: Pratt & Whitney (P&W) plans to set up an engine training centre at Hyderabad airport to train aircraft engineers and technicians on current and new engine models. The Hyderabad training facility will be Pratt & Whitney’s third such centre in the world and will be operational early next year, said Palash Roy Chowdhury,...

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Soaring to Greater Heights

March 16, 2014

Most people manage to excel in just one field in their lifetime. But spine surgeon Dr Nagesh Bhandari is a trained pilot as well. Taking his passion forward in the 1990s, he launched a flight school in Ahmedabad. In 2004, he started a training programme for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs). Recently, he has pioneered...

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IIM-B, French B school agree to launch aviation management course

March 13, 2014

New Delhi: IIM-Bangalore and Toulouse Business School today signed an agreement to set up an executive general management programme in aerospace and aviation management with the course to be sponsored by Airbus. The programme is being described as the first of its kind in the country and Airbus is sponsoring the two-year part-time degree...

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HAL of a nightmare for Jakkur flying school

March 7, 2014

Bangalore: The Government Flying Training School (GFTS) in Jakkur has once again been forced to move out of the city’s airspace to conduct commercial pilot licence (CPL) and private pilot licence (PPL) training. The GFTS, where at least 16 students are undergoing training for the CPL and two for the PPL, has been forced...

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