New Delhi: A new pilot and maintenance technician training centre, capable of providing advanced training to around 5,000 ground and cockpit crew a year, will come up in Greater Noida by 2013.
   
A joint venture of world's largest aircraft manufacturer Airbus, Canada-based aviation technology major CAE and India's Inter Globe, the facility would be able to train pilots and technicians for airlines in India and the neighbouring region.
   
InterGlobe and Airbus recently held a ground breaking ceremony for the USD 100 million training centre, which was attended by the representatives of Airbus, CAE and InterGlobe.
   
CAE and Inter Globe are the primary equity partners in the joint venture, while Airbus would provide the simulators, the curriculum and pilot trainers and both Indian and foreign pilots would be trained here.

"The demand for pilots in India and the neighbouring region is large. India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world and will require above 1,000 aircraft over the next 20 years, so investing in pilot and crew training facility is for the long term to continue the growth of the national's commercial airlines and in turn the growth of the Indian economy," said Kiran Rao, President, Airbus (India).
   
Though it would not provide initial training to churn out fresh pilots, the facility would initially have four simulators, which would be increased to eight, each capable of providing advanced training and refresher courses to estimated 700 pilots annually.

"This training centre will be pivotal to meeting the needs of the civil aviation community in India and offer access to globally benchmarked training technology and solutions to aviation personnel here," said Rahul Bhatia, Inter Globe Group Managing Director.

Spread over 3.5 acres, the focus of the new training centre would be to provide "wet" and "dry" type-rating, recurrent, conversion and jet indoctrination training for commercial aircraft pilots.
Programs will also be offered for maintenance technicians.
   
"This will be the fifth CAE aviation training facility in the country and our entire focus at these training centres is to enhance the safety and operational efficiency of our customers," Jeff Roberts, CAE Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Service, said.
   
The centre would become part of the Airbus-CAE flight crew training services cooperation agreement which provides Airbus operators with a joint global network of training centres with the largest fleet of full-flight simulators (FFS) for Airbus aircraft types, standardised course and expert instructors.
   
Airbus-CAE training cooperation, which began in 2002, has grown to more than 60 FFSs in nearly 20 locations in Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America.

At the Bengaluru centre established in 2007, CAE trains more than 1,500 crew members annually including pilots from several Indian airlines such as Air India, Go Air, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet.
   
In partnership with the Government of India, CAE operates abinitio flight schools in Gondia and Rae Bareli. CAE also operates with partner Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) a helicopter training centre in Bengaluru equipped with the first advanced, full-fidelity helicopter simulators in India.

(Agencies)