The skies await

Decisions determine where we end up in life, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for worse. This is especially relevant right after school. While parental and peer pressure can compel you to enroll with a mainstream Engineering or Medical course as dictated by popular and conventional wisdom shackling every bright and beady-eyed generation that our great nation produces without relent, it may be worthwhile to look deep within and ask yourself if you truly have the aptitude to adopt someone else’s dreams or follow your own.

Every time an aeroplane flies by, every person is likely to look up at the skies in awe, and secretly aspire to be an aviator. How do we choose a career in Aviation and what are the prospects? There are various opportunities available for those who are looking to fly high with a career in Aviation that have opened up recently with very few institutions offering such degree courses or license training programmes.

In 2016 alone, the Government has allowed 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investments for Civil Aviation organisations. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation has relaxed the 5/20 rule. The DGCA is also imposing a cap on the airfare for a maximum travel time of one hour. The Ministry of Civil Aviation is also making initiatives to develop the numerous under-developed airports in Tier 1/Tier 2 cities to improve connectivity. The new initiatives will promote aircraft operators and help the common man to travel by air, rather than by rail or road. This would in turn result in requiring more aircraft, more airports, which leads to a higher demand for engineers, technicians, pilots and management professionals.

The demand for aircraft in India is witnessed by the large orders of Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and ATR aircrafts placed by airlines in India such as Indigo, Air India, Go Air, Vistara, Air Asia, Jet Airways, etc. The current air traffic in the Indian airspace is roughly around 480 aircrafts, this is expected to increase to over 1200 aircrafts by 2020. In the year 2015, four new airlines received their Air Operator Permit and many more to follow suit. Airbus and Boeing has large R&D Divisions and procure many components from India that go into manufacturing their aircraft.
27/06/16 The Hindu

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