Nagpur: Many youngsters left their aspiring careers in engineering and other sectors to pursue their dream of flying. However, Maharashtra government apathy has ensured that the Nagpur Flying Club (NFC), restarted with much fanfare, failed to help them pursue the career. Even six years after its reopening, the government has not provided new aircraft and flight simulator to the British-era club. These are a must for training pilots.
A former NFC member has now knocked the judiciary’s doors praying for directives to Aero Club of India to immediately allot multi-engined aircraft and a simulator for training purposes to the Nagpur club. He also demanded replacing existing fleet of old aircraft (excluding Cessna-172R) with new ones.
A division bench of Justices Bhushan Gavai and CV Bhadang issued notices to the respondents, including state general administration secretary, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Nagpur divisional commissioner and Aero Club of India through its secretary general. They were asked to reply before July 12. Shriniwas Deshpande was the counsel for petitioner Flt Lt (retired) Shridhar Ghatate.
24/04/14 Vaibhav Ganjapure/Times of India