Estimating that India will need 25,000 pilots in the next two decades, European aerospace major Airbus has opened a training centre for commercial pilots and maintenance engineers in Gurugram. The training centre has an A320 flight simulator for full-flight simulation, along with programmes on aircraft procedure training, computer-based classroom training, and standard pilot transition training, including an ‘upgrade to command’ course. The move comes at a time when some Indian airlines are facing a crippling pilot shortage that has forced them to cancel hundreds of flights.
Anand E Stanley, president and MD of Airbus (India & South Asia) said: “Providing a robust training infrastructure to support our customers’ businesses is a priority for us. One pillar of our customer service mission is proximity to the customer, and another one is safety. In that respect, having a training centre located in the country is proof of our commitment towards both.” Read More….