Saturday, July 02, 2022

Pilots to be made in Bhavnagar

Rajkot: Bhavnagar is all set to emerge as the training destination for wannabe pilots.

On Friday, the Bhavnagar airport signed a memorandum of understanding with Dunes Aviation Academy to establish a flying training academy on its campus.

The academy will prepare future pilots and start formal education within a year. This is the one of the 10 airports for which tenders were invited by Airports Authority of India (AAI) in March to start training academies.

Jodhpur-based Ganpat Care Foundation won the tender for Bhavnagar airport. The foundation is the parent organization of Dunes Aviation Academy.

Manish Kumar Agarwal, airport director, Bhavnagar said, “We have allocated space in the airport for this academy on a lease for the next 25 years. One more flying academy is also expected to come up at Bhavnagar airport in the coming years. This will create opportunities of education and training in the aviation sector for the youth of northern and western India.”

The training academy will help Bhavangar carve a separate identity on the aviation map of the country. “We will provide all the infrastructure to this academy in order to provide practical training to the students,” Agarwal added.

According to officials, it’s easy to set up these flying academies at the small domestic airports which handle a limited number of scheduled commercial flights. The Dunes Aviation Academy will create its own infrastructure in the airport premises and as per the terms they are supposed to start the academy within a year of signing the MoU.

Navneet Agarwal, managing trustee of Ganpat Care Foundation said, “In the initial stage, youngsters will be taught theory and flying training by four training aircrafts, advanced flight simulators and experienced senior trainers.”

“The training of commercial and personal pilots both will be provided at Bhavnagar airport,” he said.

According to the rules for commercial pilots, flying training of 200 hours is required.

02/07/22 Nimesh Khakhariya/Times of India

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