Telangana inks pact with French aviation trainer

By: M Somasekhar

To train professionals in aviation and aerospace, the Telangana government has tied up with Aero Campus Aquitaine and Bordeaux Metropole of France.

The French company plans to set up an academy to train local talent in addition to skilled workforce for the maintenance, repair and overhaul.

1,000 students a year

An MoU was signed at the India Aviation Show 2016 in the presence of Jupally Krishna Rao, Minister for Industries, Telangana, between Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary — Industries, and Jerome Verschave of Aero Campus Aquitaine and Anna Raimat of Bordeaux Metropole.

“Our aim is to train at least 1,000 students a year in aerospace and related areas. We want this aero campus to give maximum preference to Telangana students. These courses will be of various durations from few weeks to one year. We will take 300 students in the first batch to begin with. And subsequently this number will go up to 1,500 to 2,000,” said Krishna Rao.

This academy will come up at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad.

We got location commitment from authorities. Now we will initiate and work to get necessary DGCA and government clearances.

Paid courses

It will be India’s first such training academy in aerospace industry. We would like to focus on MRO Technology training, said Arvind Kumar.

“We will also provide accommodation to rural students. These courses will have residential facilities. All these are paid courses. The lower courses will be subsided by the government,” he added.

Aero Campus Aquitaine has presence in Turkey, Malaysia and many other countries. It aims to offer comprehensive training for professional skills in defence and aerospace industry with EASA certification. Established with an investment of outlay of €26 million, the centre in France is catering to the professional skill training for the pilots and technicians.

Aerocampus Aquitaine Director Jerome Verschave said, the aerospace industry will see a huge spurt in business over the next decade with creation of one million pilots and technicians.

Source: The Hindu

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