India strategizes to promote flying training, adopts policy to establish new flight schools

According to an article from Hindustan Times on the 7th of August quoted as follows:  “The government has come up with a policy of Flying Training Organisation (FTO) under which eight new FTOs are likely to be established at five government airports, in a bid to promote flying training in the country. During parliament session, the Centre stated that Belgavi, Jalgaon, Kalaburgi, Khajuraho and Lilabari in Assam are likely to have FTOs, for which agreements have been signed between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and winning bidders.”

“DGCA has modified its regulations to empower flying instructors with the right to authorise flight operations at FTOs. This may help increase flying hours and aircraft utilisation at each FTO and lead to faster completion of the CPL requirements. The number of commercial pilots who have completed their flying training in India during the last three years was 415 in 2018, 430 in 2019 and 335 in 2020,” said Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.

The Minister also added that India’s largest flying academy, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) at Amethi, is now permitted to conduct pilot training in Gondia in Maharashtra and Kalaburagi in Karnataka.

Source: Hindustan Times

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