New Delhi: Foreign trips for mandatory
flight simulator training may soon become a thing of the past
as a new Rs 100 crore centre is going to come up in
The Fly Sim Training Centre (FSTC), a joint venture of
Sim Industries B V of the Netherland and Seven Hill Ventures
Limited, will be commissioned by January 2012 in Gurgaon, FSTC
CEO Vijay Kumar told reporters.
The Rs 100 crore centre, first-of-its-kind in northern
India, will have the latest technology in terms of visual,
acoustic, computerised and artificial feel to produce the
real-time scenario encountered by pilots, he added.
FSTC will install six full flight simulators in three
stages over a period of two years, of which the first three
for Boeing 737 NG, Airbus 320 and ATR planes will be
commissioned by January next year.
In the second stage, the centre will establish type
rating training organisation (TRTO) under which new pilots
shall be trained as per the DGCA guidelines to enable them to
take DGCA certification examinations.
"Our aim is provide world-class simulator training at
cheaper rates at home. The cost of training would be around
USD 400-600 per hour," said Kumar, adding that it will provide
the airlines to get their pilots trained at minimum expense
and expand their business.
According to an estimate, one new aircraft needs 10
pilots, and the number of aircraft in India would be around
1,000 from present 400 in the next 10 years.
"Sim Industries B V Netherland would provide the
latest simulator training technology. The company sees India
as the biggest aviation market and is ready to invest in
aviation infrastructure," Frank Uit Bogaard, CEO of Sim
Industries B V Netherland, said.