Saturday, December 17, 2016

Aerolympics way to combat shortage

There is a growing manpower shortage in aviation and Aeronautical Society of India tried using the National Aerolympics to overcome it; but only 58 schools of 600 invited turned up for the 2016 edition

Of the 600 schools across India that were invited to participate in the National Aerolympics 2016, just 58 turned up for the two-phased competition meant to encourage students to take up careers in aeronautical engineering, aviation and aerospace fields.

The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) – which is organising the event for class 10, 11 and 12 students for the eleventh time in a row – is desperately trying to overcome the shortage, which is being felt more acutely as air passenger traffic is growing by 25 per cent annually.

According to data released by the civil aviation ministry, domestic air travel in the period between January and August 2016 surged 23.14 per cent, recording 644.68 lakh air passengers; while the figure was 523.55 lakh passengers in the corresponding period in 2015.

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju was on record stating that the growth in air passengers in August had been the highest recorded in the aviation markets globally, which had prompted him to tweet: “Another month of record growth for Indian aviation. August records 24% – highest worldwide.”
17/12/16 Nirad Mudur/Bangalore Mirror
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