Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology gets its wings back

Thiruvananthapuram: Though the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology is all set to get its flying license renewed, the struggle of students to complete the flying hours for the pilot license continues. The flying license of the institute had expired in February, 2016, following which the institute could not provide flying lessons to the students.
The group of officials from directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) visited the institute in the first week of March and according to officials from the academy the license for the institute would be renewed in a week's time. Now, the institute has a chief flying instructor and has three airworthy aircrafts for training of students.
Owned by the state government, the institute was seeking DGCA approval for flying training for the past one year. The post of chief flying instructor (CFI) was vacant for more than eight months, which led to the delay in renewal of licence, as CFI is required for DGCA inspection.
A trainee of the institute has to pass flying tests and written examination conducted by DGCA along with minimum 40 hours of flying experience to obtain a private flight license and a minimum of 200 hours for commercial flight license.
15/03/17 Times of India