Pilot training facilities to be revamped

Mumbai: The central government has decided to revamp and upgrade its pilot training institute, the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy (IGRUA), to overcome shortage of pilots in the country.
“The government is soon going to invite major global aviation players in flight training to manage the IGRUA,” Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said here Saturday.
“Eventually the IGRUA, which is registered as a society, would be converted into a company so that a joint venture partner with equity participation could also be brought in,” he added.
These steps would help the IGRUA to increase its existing capacity of training 40 pilots a year to more than 200, the minister said.
This would also be on account of the reduction in the total training time at the IGRUA, which is being brought down from the present two years to about a year, he added.
30/09/06 Indian Muslims, US

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