Jet Airways became India's first airline to obtain approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), for its Type Rating Training School as the Type Rating Training Organization (TRTO) on 15 April 2008. With this approval endorsement courses and examinations will be conducted in-house, though under DGCA supervision.
The airline said that this is likely to expedite training commitments and also enable Jet Airways to induct pilots in smaller batches at regular intervals, in order to optimize usage of simulator as well as ground school training facilities.
Earlier the evaluation used to be conducted by DGCA.
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO, Jet Airways, said, ''This TRTO approval for Jet Airways' Training School is a matter of great pride for the airline. With consolidation of the airline's international network, and its future growth plans in place, this approval will aid a faster, more-efficient induction of pilots into its workforce to fly its growing fleet of narrow and wide-body Jets.''
The carrier said that the Jet Airways Training School will function as a TRTO for conducting the following courses:
- Endorsement training on B737 NG, B777 & A330 A/C.
- Refresher/Recurrent training on B737 NG, B777 & A330 A/C.
- Checks & specialized operations on B737 NG, B777 & A330 A/C.
The carrier's training has been active from early-1995, training pilots, flight engineers and flight dispatchers.
Initially, transition and recurrent trainings were conducted, either, at the facility of the manufacturer or at the Malaysian Airline Training Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
The switch over to in-house training has resulted in appreciable cost savings, the airline said, as well as standardization and development of training expertise within the country.