Pawan Hans starts process to set up helicopter training academy in Pune

Top Quote The country's premier helicopter company, Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited (PHHL), has started the process for establishing a helicopter training academy at the Gliding Centre at Hadapsar, Pune (GCP). End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 04, 2011 - The move follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Pune on February 7 between Pawan Hans and the director general of civil aviation (DGCA), which controls the GCP, a sprawling 230-acre facility at Hadapsar on the eastern outskirts of the city. "The MoU provides for establishment of a helicopter training academy, among other facilities," a senior PHHL official confirmed while speaking to TOI on Friday.

    Pawan Hans has since established its presence at the gliding centre by moving in a three-member staff, headed by senior official Wg Cdr (retd) Sanjay Sethi and a marketing officer. It has occupied part of the offices and other facilities at the GCP.

    "We have started working actively on the project although, it will take some time for the academy to be in place," the official said. "The project planning and coordination is being done by our headquarters in New Delhi," he said.

    According to the official, "The GCP facility has so far remained underutilised and we want to make optimum use of the facility. We have already received a part of the land for the training academy. There is scope for several activities such as training of pilots and engineers; maintenance and repairs operation, etc."

    The upcoming academy finds a key mention in the ministry of civil aviation's five-year strategic plan (2010-15) and has been positioned as one of the important centres - along with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan Academy and the National Institute of Aviation Management and Research - for rolling out world class human resource for the aviation industry.

    Pawan Hans also has a bigger plan of establishing a heliport, for operating commercial service between Pune and Mumbai, medical emergency services and a maintenance facility at the GCP. Similarly, it has plans to promote aerosport activity in association with the DGCA.

    It may be noted that PHHL chairman-cum-managing director R K Tyagi, DGCA joint director general R P Sahi and joint secretary to civil aviation ministry Arun Mishra had visited the GCP in September 2008 for a preliminary investigation and survey of site, to further these plans.

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