Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, which has disrupted air travel and lowered personnel requirements, India requires an estimated 1,000 pilots per year to sustain its traffic increase. Indian pilot training colleges encounter a number of obstacles, including insufficient fleet size, costly rent, an ageing fleet, a shortage of sufficient trainers, weather-related issues, and so on.
At the Airports Authority of India (AAI)-run airports in Belagavi, Jalgaon, Kalaburagi, Khajurao, and Lilabari, new pilot training schools will open. On May 31, award letters to training schools were sent out. To keep the schools afloat, the minimum yearly rent was decreased to Rs 15 lakh and the royalty payments to the AAI were eliminated. The IGRUA, a government-run pilot training school in Uttar Pradesh, is in the process of adding more trainer aircraft. IGRUA is also looking for low-traffic areas to conduct its training operations. It is currently training pilots in Gondia, Maharashtra.
In a recent study, the Rajya Sabha Committee on Transport, Tourism, and Culture proposed that each state establish a pilot training institute at one airport and take steps to increase trainer availability.
Source: Business Standard