Chimes Aviation Academy signs agreement with IndiGo for Cadet Pilot Program
New Delhi: Chimes Aviation Academy & IndiGo have announced their first Cadet Pilot Program (CPP) today at The Grand Hotel, New Delhi. The first batch to be inducted shortly, for which the agreements between IndiGo and the prospective cadets have been signed today.
The global aviation industry has been severely affected with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, however, economic pain has begun to heal as the vaccines are rolling out and airlines are ramping up their flying fleet again. Prior to the lockdown, IndiGo and CAA, one of India’s leading DGCA approved Flying Training Organisation (FTO), had jointly selected to train “ab-initio” pilots as future Junior First Officers under the airline’s flagship training program- Cadet Pilot Program. These cadets will be trained to professional standards set by IndiGo at CAA’s base in Dhana, Madhya Pradesh. The training provided is fully integrated, where the cadets train for CPL and Type Rating; making them cockpit ready, when inducted in IndiGo as Junior First Officers. However, the program had to be put on hold last year due to uncertainty in the aviation industry pertaining to the lockdown.
The following are the Guests of Honour who graced this event, hosted by CAA today:
● Shri Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, MoCA, Govt. of India (Chief Guest)
● Shri Arun Kumar, Director General, DGCA
● Shri Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, MoCA, Govt. of India
● Capt. Ashim Mittra, Sr.Vice President- Flight Operations, IndiGo
Moreover, Gul Panag, an Aviation enthusiast, also attended the event as she received her training as a Private Pilot at CAA.
The CAA IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program is a big leap for the Indian aviation industry. Until now, most of the cadet programs happened internationally as a tie-up with foreign FTOs, which result in huge foreign exchange outflow. However, with the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” or “Self-reliant India” campaign envisaged by our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the target has been set to double the flying training capacity in India. This is a great opportunity for the pilot training sector to fulfill the potential India has to offer to its aviators. The cost of living abroad, fluctuating currency, and the cost of converting foreign pilot licenses to valid Indian licenses is also a concern for the parents of cadets. With the program now being done at CAA in India, it would be both cost and time effective.
This program consists of ground school training to appear for the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) and WPC (Wireless, Planning and Coordination) examinations, Flying and Type Rating training for the cadets over a comprehensive full-time 20-month program, which includes DGCA endorsements. The First batch consists of 15 cadets who are looking forward to embark upon their first step into their journey as a pilot.
At the event today, Chief Executive Officer of Chimes Aviation Private Limited (CAA), Mr. YN Sharma stated: “All airliners focus on human capital development as it is the most important aspect of their operations. A good pilot can ensure the safety of all passengers aboard the aircraft, something the aircraft can never do by itself. Thus, airlines prefer to have Cadet Programs signed up with reliable FTO’s so that they can ensure that the pilots they inducted are trained with the utmost discipline and professionalism. CAA being at par with the international training standards, is selected by IndiGo to start this complete home-grown ‘Train In India’ Cadet Pilot Program for aspiring cadets looking to fulfill their career objective of becoming an airline pilot.”
On the occasion, Captain Ashim Mittra, Senior Vice President - Flight Operations, IndiGo said, “We are pleased to partner with Chimes Aviation Academy for cadet pilot program. As we emerge out of the pandemic, business recovery and growth will fuel the need for talent in aviation. This partnership is aimed at increasing pilot training capacity within the country to fulfill the need for pilots in aviation sector as well as IndiGo. This is a milestone moment in the path to recovery and demonstrates the unwavering commitment of IndiGo to create opportunities for local talent to operate our lean clean flying machines”.