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Bangalore: HAL of a nightmare for Jakkur flying school

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 8:18pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

Denied permission to conduct night training sorties at HAL airport, GFTS forced to look to Mysore, Hubli

The Government Flying Training School (GFTS) in Jakkur has once again been forced to move out of the city’s airspace to conduct commercial pilot licence (CPL) and private pilot licence (PPL) training.

The GFTS, where at least 16 students are undergoing training for the CPL and two for the PPL, has been forced to conduct its night flight training at the airports in Mysore and Hubli as defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has denied permission to conduct night training sorties in its airport in Bangalore.

“Earlier, the night training sorties were conducted at the HAL airport, but now they are denying us permission to fly. No reason has been given by them for denying permission. As a result of this, we have to conduct night flying at the Mysore and Hubli airports,” Wing Commander Amarjeet Singh Dange, chief flight instructor, said.

He said conducting night flying sorties in Mysore and Hubli is turning out to be expensive.

“We have to fly our aircraft to these cities, the fuel cost, accommodation and other arrangements have to be done, which is an unnecessary burden for us. However, we are not charging anything extra for conducting night flying training,” he added.

In the past, owing to the construction of the six-lane elevated highway between Hebbal and Kempegowda International Airport, the flying school, one of the oldest in the country, was forced to move to the Mysore airport to conduct solo flying training.

The elevated highway had eaten half of Jakkur aerodrome’s runway and posed a huge risk for the rookie pilots to take off and land.

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