Saturday, March 25, 2006

Spartan to open aviation schools in India

Tulsa, Oklahoma (US): Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, the Tulsa institution that has trained 80,000 aircraft mechanics and pilots since 1928, will open four training schools in India during the next year, school officials said Thursday.
Spartan President and CEO Brent Mills said a prosperous Indian economy and a growing aerospace industry created a demand for more mechanics and pilots.Spartan is launching its $20 million-to-$30 million venture in partnership with Indus Aviation Inc., an aircraft manufacturer in Bangalore, India.
Spartan will use Indus' T-211 low-wing side-by-side trainer in the four flight schools, Mills said.The largest of the schools, and the only one with both a flight school and an airframe and powerplant training curriculum, will be in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, on India's west coast, Mills said.
Bangalore will be the site of a Spartan flight school.Spartan also will establish flight schools in Sholapur in northwest India and at Calcutta in eastern India.Mills said the four schools will employ up to 750 people, who will be trained by 130 Spartan instructors.
A scout team of Spartan employees is in India looking at potential facilities in the four cities.Mills said he plans to meet with Prafur Patel, India's civil aviation minister, April 7 in India to outline Spartan's plans.
24/03/06 Thomson Dialog NewsEdge/Tulsa World/TMCnet
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