Punjab invites global bids for flying schools

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Chandigarh, Sep 13 (UNI) The Punjab government has sought Expression of Interest through international competitive bidding to develop world class three Flying Training Institutions (FTIs) at Patiala , Ludhiana and Jalandhar under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

Stating this here today, Punjab Civil Aviation Minister Dr Upinderjeet Kaur said that Keeping in view the demand of trained aviation personnel through out the world, the State Civil Aviation Department had worked out a plan to impart initial flying training of international standards to the thousands of Punjabi youth desirous of becoming pilots." To execute these developmental projects the Feedback Ventures Private Limited is assisting Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) and the Civil Aviation Department under PPP format, she added.

She further added that the selected bidders would develop and maintain the flying clubs into a world class FTIs and would operate at least seven single engine and one twin engine flying aircrafts as per the standards and guidelines of Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Department of Civil Aviation Punjab.

For efficient operation of FTIs the successful bidders would have to install state-of-the-art simulators, hangers, navigational and communication system, flight management computers and other required equipments, labs, libraries, furnishings and other ancillary infrastructure, she said.

She added that besides deploying adequate trained staff for training services, the bidders could also develop and operate recreational activities like Skydiving, Aero-modeling, Ballooning, Joy rides etc. at these institutes.

The project briefing meeting to address the queries of the prospective bidders would be held on October 3 at PIDB headquarters at Sector 34, Chandigarh.


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