Monday, June 19, 2006

Shortage of pilots: AI to hire fresh graduates for training

In a bid to tide over the shortage of pilots, Air India will be shortly recruiting fresh science and engineering graduates to be trained as pilots, reports Business Line.
The airline would hire in batches about 100-200 graduates after a flying aptitude test. These graduates will be trained at least for six months at flying institutes abroad. The airline is now scouting for suitable training institutes.
The training scheme being worked out would ensure that the trained pilots would work for Air India for at least five to seven years.
The cost of training, till the candidates get the commercial pilot licence (CPL) is estimated to be about Rs 25-30 lakh per pilot. Normally, it takes 2-3 years to get a CPL, as it involves six months ground training plus minimum 250 hours of flying.
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