Aviation Training Institutes Trained human resources are extremely important for the aviation sector. Apart from jobs in airlines and airports, the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft requires highly skilled personnel,
who are regularly trained to ensure quality and an excellent turnaround time. The government is supporting training institutes that can provide trained human resources to meet the needs of the growing aviation sector. This will also offer opportunities for
Gujarat’s youth to get employment in the global aviation sector.
The oldest operating training school for pilots in Gujarat, the Gujarat Flying Club was established at Baroda (now Vadodara) on 20th December 1958 under the guidance of its founder president, the late Ramanbhai Amin, an industrialist and keen aviator. Pilots
trained at Gujarat Flying Club have worked in the Indian Air Force, commercial airlines and flying schools.
Today, the training fleet of Gujarat Flying Club at The Civil Aerodrome in Vadodara includes Cessna 152 (a two seater VFR/IFR Day/Night equipped trainer aircraft), Cessna 172R Skyhawk (Four seater IFR trainer) and the Cessna glass cockpit 172R Skyhawk with
a G1000 flight instrument system, perfect for instrument training. Gujarat Flying Club has been awarded by the Aero Club of India in the ‘The Best performance by a Flying Club’ category.
Following the liberalization of India’s economy, Ahmedabad Aviation and Aeronautics Ltd (A.A.A.) started a D.G.C.A. approved flight school in Ahmedabad which is one of the oldest operating privately owned flying schools in India. This flight school, launched
in 1994, is a pioneer in importing the Elite-i Gate full projection Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer.
In 2007, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, dedicated the Mehsana Airport as a civil aviation training base. This 64-acre airport was developed by the Government of Gujarat with Ahmedabad Aviation and Aeronautics Ltd, on a Public-Private partnership
basis in 2007. This flying school operates from hangars at S.V. Patel International Airport (Ahmedabad) and the Mehsana airfield. A.A.A. currently has five single engine aircraft and one single / multiengine flight simulator. Ground school is conducted in
air conditioned classrooms equipped with modern audio visual aids.
To join the A.A.A., students aspiring for Commercial Pilot Licenses need a Higher Secondary Certificate (10+2 equivalent) with math and physics. They also have to pass a medical fitness certificate test from an approved doctor. At the ground school, students
learn Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, Technical General and Specific Subjects, and Radio Telephony. The classroom is equipped with projector and other audio-visual aids for the theory lessons. There is a library with a good stock for
books, magazines and videos, a meeting room and crew briefing conference room. The training fleet includes five single engine Cessna aircrafts. The candidate for a Commercial Pilot License requires minimum 200 hours of flight time. The flight supervisor’s
office maintains the flight records on computer. For a Private Pilot License, students are prepared for the Composite Paper (Air Regulation, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation) , Technical General (Aircraft & Engine) and Technical Specific Exams. They need
not less than 50 hours of flight time experience. A.A.A.’s faculty includes six flight instructors and four ground instructors. The Mehsana Airport has an aircraft maintenance cell with engineers who constantly service the aircrafts and a warehouse of spares
for the aircrafts.
Mehsana’s airport has a runway that is 1200m long and 30m wide, and a parallel taxiway. It is equipped with a weather station and Closed-circuit television cameras. This airfield was approved by D.G.C.A. on 28th Sep 2013.