More Opportunities for Aviation Students as India gets 8 New Flying Training Academies.

India is about to get 8 new Flying Training Academics under the liberalized Flying Training Organization(FTO) policy of the Airports Authority of India(AAI), as informed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. These academies are planned to set up at five airports across the Country – Lilabari in Assam, Belagavi and Kalaburagi in Karnataka, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh and Jalgaon in Maharashtra.Setting these new academies up will help make India a “global flying hub” along with preventing the Indian cadets from migrating to different foreign academies, it said. The ministry added that these FTAs would also be catering the flying requirements of cadets from the neighboring countries.

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While applauding the AAI for managing the bidding process for setting up the FTAs successfully amid the Covid- 19 crisis, the Civil Aviation Ministry said that the five airports have carefully been chosen, also keeping under observation the “minimal disruption” due to weather issues and civil, military air traffic.

The Airport Authority of India had previously invited bids for setting up the eight FTAs in November 2020, informed by the ministry.

The ministry also confirmed that the award letters were issued on 31 May 2021 to winning bidders. Asia-Pacific, Redbird, Samvardhane, Jetserve and Skynex.Familiarization with aviation safety aspects, experience in the field of training pilots on manned aircraft, regulatory mechanisms and the availability of equipment and trainers were the Parameters on which the bids were called be the AAI, it said.

“AAI reduced the minimum annual rental significantly to Rs 15 lakh in order to make FTOs attractive for bidders. Moreover, airport royalty was discarded to make these ventures business-friendly,” further added by the ministry.