Shortage of pilots in the country: Rajya Sabha QA

Shortage of pilots in the country: Rajya Sabha QA

Shortage of pilots in the country – List of DGCA approved Flying Training Organizations, details of aviation universities/training and flying schools set up/proposed: Rajya Sabha QA

Rajya Sabha

TO BE ANSWERED ON THE 12th December 2022



Will the Minister of CIVIL AVIATION be pleased to state:-

(a) whether there is an acute shortage of pilots in the country?

(b) if so, the gap between the demand and supply, along with the steps being taken by Government to meet the demand?

(c) whether retired foreign pilots are allowed to fly airlines in the country?

(d) if so, details and justification thereof? and

(e) the details of aviation universities/training and flying schools set up/proposed to be set up to meet the requirements of rapidly growing aviation sector?


Minister of State in the Ministry of CIVIL AVIATION (GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD))

(a) and (b) There is no shortage of pilots in India. There is, however, shortage of Type rated Commanders/PIC (Pilot-in-command) on certain types of aircraft and the same is being managed by utilising foreign pilots by issuing Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorization (FATA). Presently, there are 82 FATA holders in India.

(c) and (d) Foreign pilots are issued Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorization (FATA) under the provisions of Rule 45 of Aircraft Rules, 1937 & CAR Section 7, Series G, Part II. FATA is not issued to foreign license holder above the age of 65 years in conformity with Rule 28A of Aircraft Rules, 1937, and is further restricted to any lower age limit prescribed by the license issuing contracting State.

(e) There are 34 DGCA approved Flying Training Organizations (FTO) in India operating on 52 bases which provide aircraft flying training to obtain CPL (Commercial pilot License). List of FTOs is at Annexure I.

There are 07 Approved Training Organizations (ATO) which provide type specific aircraft training to Pilots. List of ATOs is at Annexure II.

Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU), India’s only aviation university has been established at Amethi, Uttar Pradesh (UP) under an Act of Parliament.



S No State Name Address Additional bases
1. Bihar Bihar Flying Institute Patna Airport, Patna
2. Gujarat Ahmedabad Aviation & Aeronautics Ltd., AAA Hangar, Old Terminal Airport, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
3. Gujarat Gujarat Flying Club, Vadodara A irport, Gujarat
4. Haryana Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation Civil Aerodrome, Kunjpura Road, Karnal, Haryana. 1.   Hisar, Haryana2.   Pinjore, Haryana
5. Haryana FSTC Flying School Private Ltd Chaudhary Bansi Lal Airport,Bhiwani, Haryana Narnaul, Haryana
6. Jharkhand Alchemist Aviation Pvt. Ltd. Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
7. Karnataka Govt. Flying Training School Jakkur, Bangalore
8. Karnataka Orient Flight Aviation Academy Mysore, Karnataka
9. Kerala Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
10. Madhya Pradesh Chimes Aviation Academy, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh
11. Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Flying Club, Indore Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Civil Aerodrome, Bijasan Road,Indore, Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
12. Madhya Pradesh Sha-Shib Flying Academy, Guna, Madhya Pradesh
13. Maharashtra Academy of Carver Aviation, Baramati Airport, Baramati, Maharashtra
14. Maharashtra Blue Ray Aviation BRAPL Hangar, Osmanabad Airport, Maharashtra Mahesana, Gujarat
15. Maharashtra Nagpur Flying Club Office of the Divisional Commissioner, Civil Lines, Nagpur, Maharashtra.
16. Maharashtra National Flying Training Institute, Pvt. Ltd, C/o Airport Authority of India, Birsi Airport, P.O.P; Paraswada, Gondia, Maharashtra
17. Maharashtra Redbird Flight Training Academy Pvt. Ltd. Baramati Airport, Baramati, Maharashtra 1.   Seoni, Madhya Pradesh2.   Lilabari, Assam          3.   Kalaburagi, Karnataka
18. Maharashtra SVKM NMIMSAcademy of Aviation Campus-Babulde, Shirpur, Dist. Dhule, Maharashtra
19. Maharashtra SKYNEXAero Pvt. Ltd. Jalgaon Airport, Jalgaon, Maharashtra
20. Maharashtra The Bombay Flying Club, Juhu Airport, Santacruz (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra 1.    Mumbai, Maharashtra2.    Dhule, Maharashtra
21. Odisha Govt. Aviation Training Institute, Directorate of Aviation, Orissa, Civil Aerodrome, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha Birasal, Odisha
22. Punjab Patiala Aviation Club Patiala, Punjab Amritsar, Punjab
23. Rajasthan Banasthali Vidyapith Gliding Flying Club Banasthali, Dist. Tonk, Rajasthan
24. Telangana Asia Pacific Flight Training Academy Ltd. GMR HIAL Airport, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad, Telangana (2013) 1.    Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad, Telangana (2015)2.    Kalaburagi Airport, Karnataka (2021)
25. Telangana Flytech Aviation Academy, A1-Kauser, Plot No.295, Road No. 10, West Maredpally. Secunderabad.Telangana 1.   Nadirgul, Telangana2.   Nagarjun Sagar, Andhra Pradesh
26. Telangana Telangana State Aviation Academy, Andhra Pradesh, old Air Port,Hyderabad, Telangana
27. Telangana Wings Aviation Pvt. Ltd., 1-11-256/B, Plot No. 108,Adjacent Airport Road, Begumpet, Hyderabad, Telangana
28. Uttar Pradesh Ambitions Flying Club Pvt. Ltd Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
29. Uttar Pradesh Chetak Aviation MS-10, NH-91, Aligarh Airstrip, Dhanipur Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
30. Uttar Pradesh Falcon Aviation Academy Ayodhya, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. (Non- operational) (2013) Rewa, Madhya Pradesh (2019)
31. Uttar Pradesh Garg Aviation Ltd. UP Hangar No.3dhule, Civil Aerodrome, Cantt. Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
32. Uttar Pradesh Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Akademy Fursatganj, Dist. Raebareilly, Uttar Pradesh Gondia, Maharashtra
33. Uttar Pradesh Pioneer Flying Academy Pvt. Ltd MS-10, NH-91, Dhanipur Airport, Post Panethi, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
34. Uttar Pradesh Saraswati Aviation Academy Sultanpur, Amhat Airfield, Uttar Pradesh

Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation


1 FSTC India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon and Hyderabad
2 CSTPL, Greater Noida
3 AGIPL (Airbus India), Gurgaon
4 CTE, AIR INDIA, Mumbai, Hyderabad, New Delhi
5 CAE, Bengaluru
6 AAG Centre for Aviation Training, Chennai
7 HATS-OFF Helicopter Training Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru

Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation

Source: Rajya Sabha

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