AIIMS has sought helicopter landing facility: Patel

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New Delhi, Dec 6 (UNI) The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had requested for grant of permission for landing a helicopter on the elevated helipad at Jai Prakash Narain Apex Trauma Centre in August, this year, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel said in a written reply that AIIMS was advised to follow the guidelines for the authorisation of elevated roof-top helipad and for preparation of helipad as per Civil Aviation requirements and prepare Standard Procedures for operation of helicopters from the proposed helipads.

The government had planned to declare 2008 as the Year of the Helicopter with a view to bring awareness in the minds of public on the various utilities of helicopters and to give a boost to helicopter operations in the country, he added.

He said during 2008, meetings and seminars would be organised on helicopter operations with regulatory authorities like Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Ministry of Defence to examine and remove the obstacles in the smooth operations of helicopters in the country.

Responding to a question, Mr Patel said government had no plans to start chopper services for certain major hospitals of the country.

In response to another question, Mr Patel said there was no proposal for setting up a pilot training institute in the North Eastern Region under the aegis of Ministry of Civil Aviation.

However, Assam flying club has been imparting training upto private pilot licence level.

He said a policy for promoting regional airlines, including the NE, was already in place.

UNI

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