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Old 23rd October 2007, 16:30   #1
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Hi guys,

Are you aware of any flying schools (preferable pvt) in Bangalore where we can go for flight training. I know that there is one at Jakkur, but since its a govt flying school, I am not sure of the admission process and fee schedules.

I am having a renewed interest in flying again after long time. I had done about 20 hours of flying while in US with 2 hours solo on a Cessna trainer about 7 years back. Seeing the current traffic in Bangalore , I would like to do more of flying again, even though its purely out of personal interest and no career intentions. (I may be too old for that). And also may be I can save up a bit more, sell my flat, mortgage my job/salary etc... to buy a personal aircraft and seel of my Hyundais in another 10 years.

If any of you have done flying earlier or have similar interest, please share experiences.

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I do not think banglore has any institute other than Jakkur and even if you find one,make sure its not one that opened shop recently.There is a sprout of them but all of them are finding it real hard to get instructors.Most of the instructors are either into flying business jets or working for Jet/Kingfisher.
There is one in Baramati,Pune called carver aviation.
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I know a person who has his own flying school.He has a tie-up with some agency in Serbia,and flying recruits are sent there for training. The theory & simulation is done either in B'lore or in Kochi. I'll get the details and let you know.
The person is Col. Shashi.. he's my father-in-law's neighbour.
Will touch base with you ASAP.
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Thanks for the info. I have seen that there are some flying schools in Hyd, Mumbai, Indore, Delhi etc. But I dont want to go out of Blore, and would prefer to do some training on weekends. After googling I could find only the govt flying school in Jakkur and HAL helicopter training centre. Not seen any pvt ones with both ground and flying schools.

I had my training in Nice Air in San Jose back in 2000. The rules for aliens to learn flying in US was made very strict after 9/11. Think its relaxed a bit now. Still one need to go through some background checks and security clearances, unless a US citizen.

Also I find that rates here are higher than US. This may be because of the demand supply situation and availability of instructors.

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Jupiter Aviation might start a training school but not sure if they would in BLR though. They have plans of setting up one in Hubli / Belgaum ? I heard...

RE : GFTS BLR - Its not funtional for the fact that the KAR Govt wants a instructor at peanuts.. 20k a month !! Instead of cashing in on the demand / supply problem in the industry....
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Flying! What an idea sir! Your solution to our traffic woes!

How much would the sufferance be on the pockets for such a hobby??
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Flying! What an idea sir! Your solution to our traffic woes!

How much would the sufferance be on the pockets for such a hobby??
Hope you have been to Bangy of late. I think most of our bangy friends would jump at this option once it becomes affordable! Anyway flying may not really solve this problem, and I dont think it has done it anywhere else either, other than choking airports further. Maybe helicopter is a better option.

However, it feels great to think of being able to overtake all those 'pea-brained' drivers of Qualis, Sumos, ricks and bmtc buses in one stroke, eventhough it means spending some money! Just imagine going from Hebbal to EC in 10 mins...

Also being able to fly is my most frequent dream. Like what R Kelly sings...

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I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
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Regaring cost, it depends on what your intentions are. If its about taking a PPL or CPL, then its big money (upwards of Rs10 lacs or $15k). In my case, I had learned to fly long back, but sure am quite rusty now. So I want to have just a few hours of "hobby flying" again. It costs about 2.5 to 3k per hour here, afaik. Its a bit cheaper in US though, at about $40-60 per hour.

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Jupiter Aviation might start a training school but not sure if they would in BLR though. They have plans of setting up one in Hubli / Belgaum ? I heard...

RE : GFTS BLR - Its not funtional for the fact that the KAR Govt wants a instructor at peanuts.. 20k a month !! Instead of cashing in on the demand / supply problem in the industry....
Wow, I think many captains of pvt airlines will be making that kind of money every day.

For govt, salary is becoming a big problem now. See the doctor's strike in Kerala and similar situations across India. The main argument by govt is that a senior doctor is already paid similar to the Chief Secretary of state and there is no question of increasing pay any more. This issue is soon going to spiral into a major "brain drain" for most govt positions where there is no scope for bribery.
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Wow, I think many captains of pvt airlines will be making that kind of money every day.

For govt, salary is becoming a big problem now. See the doctor's strike in Kerala and similar situations across India. The main argument by govt is that a senior doctor is already paid similar to the Chief Secretary of state and there is no question of increasing pay any more. This issue is soon going to spiral into a major "brain drain" for most govt positions where there is no scope for bribery.
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I am also an aviation enthusiast. If you are serious about aviation, you ought not do it in Bangalore. There are a few good flight schools in India. The best is Indira Gandhi Uran Akademi in Raebareli in UP. Pilots who graduate from there have the status and importance the same as an IIT graduate!
I myself am going to pursue aviation in the U.S. after my graduation. Phoenix East Aviation in Florida came highly recommended by my brother, who is a pilot. You will find many flight schools in the U.S. and the only problem is that they are costly.
Also it depends on what licenses you want to acquire. For a Commercial Pilot License(CPL), Private Pilot License(PPL) with multi engine and instrument rating and Certified Flight Instructor certificate(which is the whole package),
a good flight school in the U.S. will charge you $55,000. Similarly, if you need just a PPL or just a CPL, the price comes down.
I suggest you join a good flight school in the U.S. or in India, I would go to IRGUA of CAE Golbal Academy in Gondia, Maharashtra.
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I am also an aviation enthusiast. If you are serious about aviation, you ought not do it in Bangalore. There are a few good flight schools in India. The best is Indira Gandhi Uran Akademi in Raebareli in UP. Pilots who graduate from there have the status and importance the same as an IIT graduate!
I myself am going to pursue aviation in the U.S. after my graduation. Phoenix East Aviation in Florida came highly recommended by my brother, who is a pilot. You will find many flight schools in the U.S. and the only problem is that they are costly.
Also it depends on what licenses you want to acquire. For a Commercial Pilot License(CPL), Private Pilot License(PPL) with multi engine and instrument rating and Certified Flight Instructor certificate(which is the whole package),
a good flight school in the U.S. will charge you $55,000. Similarly, if you need just a PPL or just a CPL, the price comes down.
I suggest you join a good flight school in the U.S. or in India, I would go to IRGUA of CAE Golbal Academy in Gondia, Maharashtra.
Thanks for the response. However I had obtained PPL long back from San Jose CA in US. I was checking if there is any place where I can do some refresher classes.
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The Karnataka State government has shut down the flying school operations and private hangars in the Jakkur airfield on account of the traffic on the NHAI flyover obstructing the flight paths.


An order to his effect was issued by the chief secretary about 10 days ago, Minister of State for Youth Services and Sports Abhayachandra Jain said on Wednesday.

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Land development opportunity coming up or a small race track, i hope!
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The Karnataka State government has shut down the flying school operations and private hangars in the Jakkur airfield on account of the traffic on the NHAI flyover obstructing the flight paths.

An order to his effect was issued by the chief secretary about 10 days ago, Minister of State for Youth Services and Sports Abhayachandra Jain said on Wednesday.

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Sad day. I earned my wings here and have fond memories of GFTS, Jakkur.
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How sad. How short sighted and How absolutely irritating for any flying enthusiast.
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Why on earth couldn't they construct an underpass in that stretch instead of a flyover. Ridiculous planning, Jakkur flying club has been in existence for ages and all this points towards the land mafia. There are a lot of residential and commercial hubs coming nearby, so this prime piece of land would have been eyed by many.
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