Making Air Travel Safer through More Efficient Training Practices
31 Jan 2012 1
AVIATION WATCHMAKING AIR TRAVEL SAFER THROUGHMORE EFFICIENT TRAINING PRACTICES AND REVIEW SYLLABI FOR PILOTS IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 2
BASIC PILOT TRAINING DEVELOPED WORLD : PPL – CPL – ATPL INDIA : PPL – CPL - ATPL SIMILAR SYLLABI AND LICENSING IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 3
ROUTE TO AN AIRLINE COCKPIT DEVELOPED WORLD PPL CPL Experience in General Aviation AirlinerINDIA CPL Airliner IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 4
HISTORY OF FLYING TRAINING IN INDIA Pre – 1986 – Flying Club based Establishment of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi in 1986. Average output 20 CPL per year IGRUA equipped with best aircraft & simulators for the time 2005 onwards massive pilot demand. IGRUA could not meet the demand Mushrooming of flying clubs in India IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 5
HISTORY OF FLYING TRAINING IN INDIA (Contd..) Training Abroad (mixed results) Spurious Flying Clubs abroad & in India Inability of regulator to check the quality 2008 - IGRUA Management handed over to CAE for ten years Now IGRUA with enhanced productivity produced 80 CPLs last year This year Plan is to produce 100. IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 6
IGRUA PRODUCT Vs REST Government has invested heavily for infrastructure Airfield, hangars, dispersals, ATC, Nav-aids, ground School, hostels, aircraft, simulators, fuel farm, fire services – all owned by IGRUA. Also Maintenance of all these by IGRUA (Expensive) Can accommodate 200 trainees Has 25 aircraft including 2 multi engine aircraft Has 5 simulators Well established Ground school Entry through All-India competitive exam IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 7
IGRUA PRODUCT Vs REST (Contd…) Own vehicles, hostels and mess, captive power generators, own water supply, solar geysers, own township, own shopping centre, etc. In short – all that is needed for comfort and safe rest for aircrew and maintenance crew Dedicated experienced unmatched instructional staff ( Ground/Air) Known as IIT/IIM of Aviation Training Rest of the flying clubs/schools in the country generally have 2-3 aircraft and associated staff Quality training possible only when assets and infrastructure along with instructional staff scaled up into a big institution like IGRUA. Financial feasibility possible only when scaled up/Government support through subsidy (IGRUA has both) IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 8
IGRUA PRODUCT Vs REST (Contd…) Rest of the clubs fall short badly. Hence also not financially feasible But started due either brand value/profit motive. Both not achievable – generally follow lower pricing/short cuts quality wise to survive Indian Aviation suffers as a consequence IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 9
SOLUTION Replicate IGRUA type institution and have 4-5 big zonal flying schools in India IGRUA exists in North. Central India has CAE/AAI owned NFTI at Gondia near Nagpur. Create one each in East, West and South Spell out min infrastructure to 8 or more aircraft along with FNPT simulators and a proper ground school. Any school with less than this be allowed training only upto PPL level Scaling up will ensure balance between commercial and professional interest. Quality will improve IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 10
SOLUTION (Contd.) Mergers and acquisitions of smaller flying clubs be aided by Government and encouraged Age, Education, Qualification, Common Entrance Test Mandate IGRUA to run an Instructors Course to improve standards of trainees Surveillance over these 5-6 schools possible by DGCA with its limited staff. Quality will improve IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 11
REVIEW SYLLABI DGCA follows ICAO syllabus for CPL ICAO syllabi for CPL not focussed on Airlines but on General Aviation Induction by Airlines only with much greater experience. (CPL 200 hrs. airlines abroad induct only at 1500 hrs experience) In India entry to airlines at 200 hours India must adopt MPL syllabus which is designed specifically for entry into airlines. Its training methodology prepares pilots for airlines from ab-initio stage. IGRUA : ISO 9001 : 2008 CERTIFIED 12
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