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Aviation academy to come up in City

THE CITY would soon get an international level total solution aviation training institute with ASIA USA Aviation choosing to open their first centre in the country here.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 13:46 IST

THE CITY would soon get an international level total solution aviation training institute with ASIA USA Aviation choosing to open their first centre in the country here.

ASIA USA president Captain Elia Golfin, who was in the City to announce his plans of opening an academy, said he was holding a seminar for prospective students on April 19 to give them information about the course.

He said since the academy was in the process of getting necessary clearance from various government agencies, the students who take up the course would be given training in the USA, till the time the Indore centre was opened.

Captain Golfin said that with a boom coming in every segment fuelled by growing economies, the century was truly poised to belong to Asia. The aviation sector had not remained untouched by this phenomenal growth and was expected to grow by leaps and bounds.

Within a decade, the number of passenger aircraft was predicted to grow by 30 per cent. Similarly the number of freight carriers had increased from 99 to 200 and was predicted to increase to 2,200 by end of the decade. In such a scenario, the number of pilots needed over the decade would be around five lakh, of which nearly 50,000 would be needed in India alone. ASIA USA planned to train at least 5,000 pilots and contribute towards this requirement.

ASIA USA had already got a fleet of 32 small and mid-sized airplanes and including single engine aircrafts having Cessna models 152, 172, 172 SP, and Piper variants Warrior and Arrow. Multi-engine aircrafts like Piper Seneca, Douglas DC-3, turbine engine crafts like Beechcraft King Air and Frasca 141 ground trainer stimulator.

The large facility at Arlington (Dallas) houses about 40 instructors and complete ground/technical maintenance crew. The course fee for three modules differing on block booking for air timing for is about 40,000 US dollars. The institute also offers a lucky draw for which an enrolled student was eligible three times.

The first prize was commercial and private pilot licence, instrument and multi-engine rating; second prize included instrument rating and private pilot licence, while third prize included a private pilot licence. Golfin announced starting two more prizes.

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 have increased the scrutiny of FAA for foreign applicants trying to obtain a student visa for pilot training making it difficult to enter the USA. Seeing the large number of applicants who got rejected on flimsy grounds and left for academies in Australia and South Africa, the company decided to set up establishment in India.

The City was selected owing to its geographical location being almost in the centre of the country, salubrious climate, and connectivity by rail, road and air, availability of good accommodation and food and less air traffic in comparison to the metros.

The company was in talks with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and other agencies concerned and on getting clearance would at the earliest ship in or fly aircraft to Indore, along with trainers and total equipment and maintenance both mechanical and ground support staff from the USA.

The company, apart from pilot training courses, also offers a six-month flight attendant training in Miami and was also into aircraft sale. The company also proposed to start a low-budget regional airline more on the basis of charter flights to small towns and other destinations across the State.

The company had spoken to various Indian Airlines operatives and other major players including Kingfisher and the likes had shown interest in the project.

Company’s India operations and the endeavour’s Asiatic Air in-charge Captain Chandra Shekhar Gupta said that a seminar on ‘future of aviation’ would be held at Hotel Crown Palace on April 19 and hotel Noor-us-Sabah in Bhopal on April 21. He and captain Golfin would be meeting Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal on the said date to discuss their proposal and modalities of opening a centre in Indore.