3000 pilots required in next three years

December 13, 2006

The government on Tuesday admitted an acute shortage of trained pilots in the aviation industry saying it is estimated that a total of 2,000 to 3,000 pilots would be required in the next two to three years to meet the shortfall.“Keeping in view the present trend of growth in the civil aviation sector it...

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IAF manages to curb exodus

December 11, 2006

New Delhi: The IAF policy to tighten screws on pilots scrambling to join the much-greener pastures in civilian airlines has had the desired effect: As compared to almost 300 pilots who left the force between 2002 and 2005, only about 20 have managed to do so this year.Latest figures show the new measures have...

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When flight schools fill up with foreign trainees, authorities get nervous

December 6, 2006

Ekansh Tyagi, an 18-year-old from New Delhi and two of his fellow flight school students at Windsor, Ont. found themselves answering pointed queries about why they had journeyed so close to the American border. “They asked me if I was involved in terrorist activities and I just laughed,” says Tyagi. A dark complexion and...

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Cleared for takeoff, but where’s the pilot?

December 6, 2006

Mumbai: Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had to fly to Nagpur for the winter session in a private aircraft as the state government aircraft did not have an official pilot. It still doesn’t. The only pilot, who turned 65 on November 14, had allegedly given an incorrect birthdate so that he could serve for three...

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Fat expat pilot salaries upset carrier budgets

November 30, 2006

Indian carriers need pilots, preferably Indian ones. That’s because their expat counterparts carry a heavy price tag and airlines are feeling the pinch, reports CNBC-TV18.For a while Indian carriers were struggling to fill up seats. Now they’re desperate to fill their cockpits. That’s because India adds almost half-a-dozen aircraft a month, but doesn’t have...

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Aviation management institute on the cards

November 28, 2006

New Delhi: The government is planning to set up an IIM-like institute exclusively for aviation management. An in-principle approval has been accorded to the proposal for setting up the first aerospace academy in India. The proposed academy will offer a Post-Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management.International companies like Lufthansa Technical Training and aerospace management schools,...

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More airforce pilots join private airlines

November 23, 2006

New Delhi: Thanks to fatter pay packets, added perks and higher retirement age offered by commercial carriers, an increasing number of airforce pilots are joining the party of private airlines. And why not, it’s hard to resist an offer where the compensation is 7-8 times higher. After all, money matters!According to the Centre for...

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Private sector is luring away military officers

November 23, 2006

New Delhi: The lure of the private sector is leading to an increasing rise in the number of armed forces’ officers seeking premature discharge from the services. But faced with a shortage of officers, the Government has been reluctant to relieve officers in larger numbers, said defence sources quoting figures.Last year, over 1,000 officers...

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United Aviation to train SpiceJet pilots

November 21, 2006

New Delhi: Low cost carrier SpiceJet today said it has entered into an agreement with global pilot training firm United Aviation (UA) for its cadet pilot programme.As per the agreement, UA will select and train pilots under the SpiceJet Cadet Pilot programme, which was launched earlier this month, the airline said in a statement.SpiceJet...

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Alliance to induct regional jets, pilots

November 17, 2006

New Delhi: Alliance Air is finally cruising forward on plans to turn itself into a low-cost airline. Alliance, the feeder airline subsidiary of Indian Airlines, has floated tenders to induct six regional jets that would operated under this new business model on non-metro routes.In addition to the aircraft, Alliance Air has sought around 20...

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The giant sucking sound that pilots love

November 17, 2006

We have written here about the giant sucking sound in India and China. The pilot vacuum in those countries is attracting pilots from as far away as Brazil. Now this – African governments have been challenged to find a way to stem the tide of staff recruited away from the continent’s airlines to work...

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Asian countries to look for up to 1,000 captains each in the next five years

November 17, 2006

Demand for airline pilots in the United States traditionally has been concentrated in the major U.S. airlines, which hire about 60 percent of airline pilot, Kit Darby, president of Aviation Information Resources Inc. said. But some new avenues might be opening.Asian interest, particularly in India and China, is rising because of tourism and business...

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US flying school provides course for Punjabis

November 15, 2006

Chandigarh: Aerostar Aviation, a leading Indian aviation company, in strategic alliance with Flight Safety Academy (FSA), USA, will be organising the seminar in the city to enlighten the students of Punjab about the availability of flying as a career option.Addressing a press conference in the city today, AVM (Retd) AJS Walia, CEO of Aerostar...

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Retired Delta pilots are finding work in Asia

November 12, 2006

Waleska, Georgia, US: About a dozen Delta pilots who took early retirement are now working for foreign carriers in Southeast Asia, China, India and the Middle East. Unlike U.S. carriers that require newly hired pilots to start at the bottom of seniority lists, some overseas carriers allow them to join according to their qualifications...

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Delta Connection Academy Flight School Picks Cirrus

November 12, 2006

Delta Connection Academy will buy 50 Cirrus SR20 aircraft in a fleet modernization program that it says will better equip its graduates to enter the modern world of airline operations. At a news conference at AOPA Expo on Thursday, Delta Connection CEO Capt. Gary Beck said the company researched the market for three years...

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