India has maximum women pilots in the world

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha had said that India has the maximum number of women pilots in the world."India is the country with maximum number of women pilots in the world, be it in Air India or Indian Air Force. This is a testimony of the contribution made by women to the aviation sector and also by the country to their careers," Sinha said.

The minister was addressing the gathering at golden jubilee celebrations of the India Women Pilots Association (IWPA) at New Delhi."While the presence of women has contributed to the progress of the aviation sector, their support is still needed to strengthen the area," he said.

Sinha also suggested that the traffic problem in the country can be addressed if the sky area is "utilised".

Six companies shortlisted for preparing TEFR for Jewar airport

Based on the media reports, it has come to the notice that the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) had shortlisted the technical bids of 6 companies to prepare the Techno Economic Feasibility Report (TEFR) for the sanctioned international airport at Jewar. One company will be selected from the lot after the financial bids are finalised on December 29.

According to YEIDA officials, the companies that participated in the bid for the airport included Engineers India Ltd, KPMG Advisory Services Private limited, Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultancy, Price House Coopers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Ltd and CBRE South Asia Private Limited.

Mr Shailendra Bhatia, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), YEIDA, said that “Eleven leading global companies had come forward to prepare the TEFR for the international airport at Jewar, for which the tender had been floated by YEIDA on November 11, 2017.”

Mr Bhatia said that “We will now examine and evaluate the six companies, which have been shortlisted for their technical soundness. Another presentation will be given by these 6 companies on December 27. Thereafter, we will open the financial bids on December 29 after which the company to prepare the TEFR will be selected.”

In-principle approval for 19 greenfield airports given: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

The government has given "in- principle" approval for 19 greenfield airports, of which some would be developed through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said in Lok Sabha that the country's civil aviation sector was growing leaps and bounds but the safety of air passengers will never be compromised. Emphasizing that air travel is growing leaps and bounds, Raju said during Question Hour that the number of aircraft in the country was around 548 compared to about 395 in 2014.

When a member expressed concern over air safety against the backdrop of incidents involving Pratt & Whitney engine- powered aircraft, Raju said, "passenger safety is never put at risk".

Out of the 19 greenfield airports for which "in- principle" approval has been granted, some are to be developed through the PPP model. "Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, Bhogapuram and Dagadarthi in Andhra Pradesh, Hasan in Karnataka, Kannur in Kerala and Dholera in Gujarat" would be through PPP model by the respective state governments with a total investment of around Rs 27,000 crore, Raju said.

Airlines flew 16.99% more domestic passengers in November: DGCA

Domestic air passengers during the month of November grew by about 16.99% with Indian carriers carrying 10.5 million during the month, shows passenger data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

On the back of the increase in number of passengers travelling during the month, all scheduled carriers flew its planes with over 80% of their seats full. SpiceJet continued to maintain its position on the load factor front by flying its planes 95.5% full followed by IndiGo which flew its planes with 90.7% seats full. GoAir listed as third by flying its planes with 90% seats full.

In terms of operating flights in time, Jet Airways performance was the worst among all carriers for the second consecutive month.While Jet operated 54.1% of its flights in time, SpiceJet topped the list by operating 81.9% of its flights in time. IndiGo was a close second by operating 80.4% of its flights on time followed by Air India that operated 69.3% flights in time.

IndiGo remained at the top by flying 39.4% of total passengers during November 2017 while Jet Airways followed IndiGo by flying 17.5% of the total passengers and Air India capitalized the market share by flying 13.6% of the total passenger.

The Phasing out ceremony of MI 8 “PRATAP” helicopters held Formal adieu to the Multi-role helicopter fleet of the IAF

The MI-8 also known as the “PRATAP” phasing out ceremony was held at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru. The ceremony was attended by veterans headed by Air Chief Marshall (Retd) Fali Homi Major PVSM, AVSM, SC, VM, ADC. He flew the last MI-8 mission along with CO 112HU. Air Marashal SRK Nair PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, IAF was the chief guest on the occasion. Air Marshal Jasjit Singh Kler, VM, Commandant NDA, the senior most MI-8 helicopter was also present on the occasion.

112HU is the alma mater of HeliLift. The unit has the record of passing out 119 pilot courses, 89 Flt Eng courses and 57 Flt gunner courses. MI-8 also called PRATAP has been the backbone of medium lift combat capability of Indian Air Force and was ideal platform for graduation of MLH aircrew.

The MI-8 helicopter arrived in India in the year 1971 at Bombay and was formally inducted in the Indian Air Force helicopter inventory in the year 1972. Between 1971 and 1988, Indian Air Force inducted 107 MI-8 helicopters, rechristened as the “PRATAP”. MI-8’s served for 45 years after their induction and is currently being phased out.

The MI-8, PRATAP was inducted in ten operational helicopter units and it operated in several major IAF operations including Operation Meghdoot in the Siachen Glacier and Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka. The helicopter also operated extensively in Humanitarian and Disaster Relief operations across the length and breadth of the country. The MI-8 has also been associated with VIP/VVIP flying for over decades. MI-8 through its glorious service career, did not just establish itself as a mainstay of the helicopter operations but also left an indelible mark on the future by providing the Indian Air Force with a lineage of professional helicopter aircrew. 112 Helicopter Unit based here at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, is the last unit to operate this formidable platform.