India to witness glut in pilots ?

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Bangalore, Jan 21 (UNI) India is likely to face a glut in the supply of aviation pilots with more than 5000 students undergoing education training this year.

The country is presently facing a severe shortage of pilots in the wake of the booming civil aviation passenger growth and increasing number aircraft being ordered to meet the demand.

According to top aviation department official the country will see a big increase in the supply of pilots as nearly 5000 students were undergoing at present and the trend bound to continue.

"There has been a big jump in youth joining educational institutes training in aviation and in the coming years the shortage may turn into a glut. Hitherto the Director General of Civil Aviation was issuing 150 commercial pilots licence per annum and it has decided to issue 100 every month from this year," the official said.

The shortage was only among senior pilots and there was no dearth of trained personnel to work as co-pilots. In the due course the co-pilots would become main pilots, after gaining required experience, and this would bring down the shortage, the official added.

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