Chennai: With more jobs on the offer in the aviation sector these days, young graduates from the rural areas of the state opt for training at flying schools.
Thanks to the initiative of VKN aviation academy, soon the academy will be training aspiring pilots in Trichy.
Aiming to train students from the villages, the academy, with state-of- the-art facilities to be launched by the end of this month, according to the chairman of the institute Dr V.K.N. Kannappan.
For starting the academy, the Airport Authority of India has allotted 10,000 sq. ft. land on its premises that has already acquired a fleet of five new Cessna aircraft with latest features.
'These four-seater Cessna 172 R aircraft with glass cockpit are the latest and most modern ones that are used for training pilots.
Our flight module is preferred internationally,' Dr Kannappan told. He said the Cessna aircraft could glide at a normal speed of 120 knots at a height of 13,500 feet above sea level. According to the available statistics, 42 pilot training institutes in India bring out only 100 Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) trained pilots every year.
'We are planning to train at least 100 pilots every year. The total cost of the training would be around Rs 25 lakh,'says Capt V.K.N. Raja, MD of the academy, who trained as a pilot at the Madras Flying Club.
Capt Raja added that this academy would be a boon for aspirants in the south of the country as they need not step out of the country to get themselves trained.
The eligibility to enrol is a pass in class 12 with Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry and medical fitness as per the government of India norms.