More Middle-class pilots for India

January 6, 2007

New Delhi: Flying schools have reported an increase in the number of students from middle-class families. It’s education loans which have enabled aspiring pilots from these middle-class families to take wings.Though the average cost of pilot training in India is around Rs 13 lakh, high salaries and shorter gestation periods have led to this...

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Pilots turn younger, pockets get deeper

January 5, 2007

New Delhi: Owing to the shortage of pilots in the country and high salary offered, the aviation industry in India has witnessed an increase in the number of young pilots. About three years back, the average age of pilots at the entry level was around 23 years as compared to 20 years now and...

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Expat pilots poised to outnumber Indian counterparts

January 4, 2007

Mumbai: Expatriate pilots are increasingly becoming a part of India’s aviation industry and are poised to outnumber their Indian counterparts.“An aircraft like, say, a Boeing 777-200 LR would need about 11 pilots for optimum aircraft utilisation, while a four-seater Cessna 172 could do with two pilots,” says an airline official. Accordingly, it can be...

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Airports face staff shortage

January 4, 2007

Bangalore: Bangalore and Hyderabad greenfield airports should be open for travel by early 2008. Work at the Delhi and Mumbai airports is gaining pace, but airport operators across the country are having a hard time finding people to run these airports.A back of the envelope calculation shows that by 2010 airports in India will...

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Pilot training programme at Bajpe airport

January 4, 2007

Mangalore:Kingfisher Airlines will utilise Bajpe airport of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for its pilot training activity from January 7. Initially, it will press into service an ATR aircraft and later an Airbus 320 for the training.The training will fetch revenue to the AAI as for every landing and take off the airline...

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DGCA flies in to plug shortage; plans to hire 250 foreign pilots

December 30, 2006

New Delhi: Faced with a mounting shortage of over 500 commercial pilots every year, action has been initiated on several fronts to mitigate the problem. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will reduce the period for acquiring a commercial pilot licence (CPL) from 16 to 12 months, and will introduce an multi-engine pilot...

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Maharashtra to train tribals as air hostesses, stewards

December 30, 2006

Nasik: Young tribals in the state are getting ready to greet you as air hostesses, flight stewards and ground handlers at airports.Cashing in on the aviation boom, the state government has decided to train 100 people through a programme likely to commence mid-January, which will be funded by the Maharashtra State Tribal Development Department.“We...

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DGCA considering upgrading the syllabus of pilots

December 28, 2006

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is considering upgrading the syllabus of pilots to ensure that all of them get automatically trained to operate at least the Category-II Instrument Landing System to overcome low visibility problems.“We are thinking on those lines … to modify the syllabus so that every pilot in...

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Era of women aviators

December 14, 2006

The Aviation boom in the country has lead more and more women pilots flying high. The cockpit is no longer just a man’s privilege as more and more women pilots take to the skies, their careers are certainly set to take off. The number of commercial women pilots in Indian skies has soared in...

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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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