‘If Odisha wants, flying institute can be set up’

Bhubaneswar: A flying training institute can be set up in Odisha, informed the Union Civil aviation minister today. At a Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting of the Civil Aviation ministry held in Bhubaneswar today, the Civil Aviation minister informed that if the State government is ready to seek help in setting up of a flying training institute, then the Central government will extend all possible assistance.

As of now our skies are the safest in the world. However, we need more institutions to create adequate manpower for all activities related to aviation. If Odisha government is interested we can work together to make it happen,” said
Union Civil Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

The issue of unavailability inadequate training facilities for the commercial pilots was brought up during the discussion at the meeting. According to data, around 60 percent of the pilots are undergoing training outside India.

Various issues pertaining to the safety and security of civil aviation were discussed. Various officials who participated in the meeting opined on the responsibilities of the agencies looking after safety aspects of airlines and airports and steps to be taken to address various issues.