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Flying schools get overwhelming response

Suresh Krishnamoorthy
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Aiming high:Students taking information about aviation courses during the ‘India Aviation 2012' on Saturday.
Aiming high:Students taking information about aviation courses during the ‘India Aviation 2012' on Saturday.

As the{+t}{+h}{+i}{+r}{+d}edition of the much-touted India Aviation 2012 comes to a close on Sunday, the increasing levels of interest among students and their parents to take up flying-related disciplines and opt for a career were evident.

Those manning stalls put up by aircraft manufacturers, makers of engines and other accessories were certainly tight-lipped as to the quantum of business generated in the B2B sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but representatives of flying schools, especially those dealing with chopper-flying appeared to be quite happy at the response.

Because the aircraft on display were strictly off-bounds to all but the most influential of people, a majority of youngsters chose to spend more of their time going around the stalls in the exhibition.

Several groups of engineering students, particularly those from the aeronautical engineering stream made it a point to visit the air show.

Organisations that had stalls at the show, included Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, Star Educare of New Delhi that works with Alliance Aviation, USA and Sharya Flight SIM, the Indian arm of Edda Systems AS that offers helicopter simulator training and also 15, 30, 45-minute and one hour flying packages on board, being in command of a take-off and landing, with a pilot to assist them.

Training cost

An executive of Helicopter Flight Training, New Zealand said it cost a student about Rs.32 lakh in training costs for one-and-a-half year, plus living costs that would be a minimum of Rs. 5 lakh.

“Given the growth in the sector, landing a job as a chopper pilot at a minimum monthly salary of Rs.2.5 lakh is a certainty,” she said.

“I have always been fascinated with the flying machines. With my father's encouragement, I chose to take Aeronautical Engineering and I have never had any cause for regret. Once I am through with my engineering degree, the next step is to get into a flying school and get my commercial pilot's licence,” said Manasa Kaja, a fourth year engineering student in a college here, who spent hours at the air show with her classmates.

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