The work on setting up of flying training organisations (FTOs) at Airport Authority of India’s Belagavi Airport and Kalaburagi Airport is in full swing and to be ready by June 2022.
Two companies have been allotted to open two flying training organisations (FTOs) each at Belagavi Airport and Kalaburagi Airport. The Samvardhane technologies from Bengaluru and RedBird aviation from Delhi have choosen Belagavi to open flying school. While, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) from Amethi (Uttar Pradesh), and RedBird aviation from Delhi choosen Kalaburagi to set up schools.
The companies leased land for Establishing flying Training Organizations (FTOs) on Design ,Build, Operate, Maintain & Transfer Basis (DBOMT) for 25 years at Belagavi Airport. Size of Land is 5000 sqm for Hangar & Apron.
AAI has issued award letters on 31 May 2021 and 29 October 2021 for nine FTOs to be established at five airports at Belagavi (Karnataka), Jalgaon (Maharashtra), Kalaburagi (Karnataka), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh) and Lilabari (Assam). Soft launch of two FTOs at Kalabuargi was done on 15 August 2021 under its liberalised policy.
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Belagavi airport director Rajesh Kumar Maurya told to Deccan Herald that, “The Red Bird Aviation, a Delhi-based flying training institute, which has won the bid for Belagavi, has worked on the taxiway, while final touches are being given to apron and hangar facilities. It is expected to complete the work by June.”
Education : Applicants need to be above 18 years of age and should have completed their 12th board exams with English, Physics and Maths. After completing their training, students can be employed in Airlines, Private charter services, Air ambulances, Government pilot jobs, Cargo/freighter services.
First FTO under the Liberalised policy : The Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia and the Chief Minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated the first Flying Training Organization (FTO) for North Eastern Region in Lilabari, Assam on 12th April.
Lilabari is amongst nine FTOs to be established in five airports in India by June 2022 includes Belagavi and Kalaburagi in Karnataka, Jalgaon in Maharashtra and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. M/s Redbird Aviation has won the right to establish the FTO at Lilabari. Airports Authority of India has leased land for the FTO and facilitated statutory approvals from DGCA and BCAS. With the establishment of these FTOs, India will aim to become a global hub for pilot training.
Image : Redbird Aviation