Last Updated: June 3, 2021, 0800hrs

With the aim of fabricating India as the global pilot training hub, eight new flying training academies will be set up in five airports says the Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Wednesday.

The five airports selected taking into consideration least disruption due to weather issues and civil or military air traffic are Belagavi and Kalaburagi in Karnataka, Jalgaon in Maharashtra, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh and Lilabari in Assam.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which is under the ministry, had invited bids to set up these eight academies in November last year.

The parameters on which the bids were called by the AAI for these academies included familiarisation with aviation safety aspects, regulatory mechanisms, experience in the field of training pilots on manned aircraft and the availability of equipment and trainers.

“The award letters were issued on 31 May 2021 to winning bidders: Asia-Pacific, Jetserve, Redbird, Samvardhane and Skynex,” the ministry said in a statement.

“To make FTOs (flying training organisations) attractive for bidders, AAI reduced the minimum annual rental significantly to Rs 15 lakh. Furthermore, the concept of airport royalty was scrapped to make these ventures business-friendly,” the ministry said.

These academies will also be designed to cater to the flying training requirements of cadets in India’s neighbouring countries too.

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