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Marginal shortage of commanders on certain types of aircraft, says Aviation Ministry

There’s a marginal scarcity of commanders on sure varieties of plane and the identical is being managed by using international pilots by issuing International Aircrew Non permanent Authorization (FATA), stated the Civil aviation ministry on Monday.
NEW DELHI: There’s a marginal scarcity of commanders on sure varieties of plane and the identical is being managed by using international pilots by issuing International Aircrew Non permanent Authorization (FATA), stated the Civil aviation ministry on Monday.

Whereas replying to a query within the Rajya Sabha, the ministry stated that there have been 82 FATA-holders in India as on June 30, 2022, as in comparison with over 9,000 pilots employed with airways in India.

The variety of pilots receiving their Industrial Pilot Licenses (CPL) in India is rising yearly. DGCA issued 862 CPLs in 2021, an all-time excessive. The variety of CPLs issued previous to Covid-19 had been 744 (2019), 640 (2018) and 552 (2017).

The ministry stated that the whole variety of flying hours at Indian Flying Coaching Organizations (FTO) elevated from 1.20 lakh hours within the pre-Covid 12 months (2019) to 1.62 lakh hours in 2021. The advance in 2021 is regardless of extreme disruptions as a result of Covid-19 second wave, Cyclone ‘Yaas’, Cyclone ‘Tauktae’, early onset of monsoons and rising value of imported aviation gas.

The federal government-owned FTO – IGRUA (Amethi, UP) — operated at an all-time excessive of 19,110 flying hours in 2021-22, regardless of the extreme disruptions talked about above. As compared, earlier than Covid-19 pandemic, it operated 14,830 flying hours in 2019- 20 and 14,039 flying hours in 2018-19. The variety of FTOs and the annual manufacturing of pilots is more likely to enhance additional, added the ministry.

In 2020, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) got here up with a liberalised FTO coverage whereby airport royalty funds (income share fee by FTOs to AAI) was abolished and land leases had been considerably rationalised. In 2021, after a aggressive bidding course of, AAI awarded 9 FTO slots at 5 airports at Belagavi (Karnataka), Jalgaon (Maharashtra), Kalaburagi (Karnataka), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh) and Lilabari (Assam).

As on June 30, 4 of those FTOs — two at Kalaburagi and one every at Jalgaon and Lilabari — have commenced industrial operations. In June 2022, after a aggressive bidding course of, six extra FTO slots had been awarded by AAI at 5 airports specifically: Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Hubballi (Karnataka), Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh), Kishangarh (Rajasthan) and Salem (Tamil Nadu).

The ministry stated that the price of pilot coaching in India is cost-competitive as in comparison with FTOs in main nations, with the latter being no less than 40 per cent costlier. With the deliberate enhance within the variety of FTOs in India, the fee benefit of Indian FTOs is probably going to enhance additional.

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