Tuesday, August 15, 2006

50 hrs of flying: Career of thousands in jeopardy

Mumabi: With a view to improving the quality of pilots, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) decided overnight that students should have at least 50 hours of flying experience before appearing for ground-training exams.
The new eligibility criteria though, has put the career of thousands of aspirants in jeopardy.
Most of the 3,000-odd students in flying schools across the country currently have not logged a single hour of flying and they are in institutes that are facing a manpower and infrastructure crunch.
Put simply, 1.5 lakh flying hours need to be logged before these students can appear for exams, but the pilot training industry logs only 35,000 flying hours annually.
Since last week when the DGCA decision was taken, phones have been ringing off the hook in the 12 flying clubs nationwide. The problem is, there are not enough flying institutes to absorb all students and help them log 50 hours of flying at such short notice.
15/08/06 Times of India
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