Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia held a meeting of the Consultative Committee of his Ministry on Tuesday to debate Flying Training Organisations (FTOs) in the nation. Scindia stated that the position of India’s FTOs has develop into vital as the fast-growing Indian aviation trade requires a rising provide of high-quality pilots. He stated that India has been one among the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world and it’s now leading the recovery in the global aviation trade.
There are 34 Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) accepted FTOs in the nation. Out of those 34, one FTO (IGRUA at Amethi, UP) is underneath the administrative management of the central authorities, eight are underneath the state governments and 25 are owned by the non-public sectors, in keeping with the launch.
“Given the fleet projection, India may require around 9,000 pilots over the next five years implying the requirement of almost 1800 pilots per annum,” Scindia stated.
Scindia stated, “there is a need to expand the capacity of Indian FTOs with a view to reducing the dependence on foreign FTOs.”
On the measures taken to bridge the hole, Scindia stated a liberalized FTO coverage has been introduced by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) whereby the idea of airport royalty was abolished and the annual price was rationalized considerably for brand spanking new FTOs to be arrange at AAI airports.
“The AAI has issued award letters for nine flying schools to be established at five airports in early to mid-2022,” the minister stated.
“He said that with a close collaboration between the government, regulatory authorities, FTOs, aerospace companies and the airline industry, India has the potential to become a global flying training hub by 2030,” Scindia added.
The minister stated that India’s scheduled airways have a fleet of 710 plane, which is projected to develop to over 1,000 plane in the subsequent 5 years.
“With a new liberalized helicopter policy announced in October, a significant increase in India’s helicopter fleet is expected over the next five years,” he added, stating that on November 21, round 3.93 lakh home passengers flew to numerous locations, which was almost 98.7% of the pre-Covid common. Besides, on November 20, 3810 MT of cargo, 103% of the pre-Covid stage, was transported through home airways, the minister stated.