Careers Aviation to build private hangar, start pilot academy in Bangalore

India's aviation human resources (HR) specialist company Careers Aviation will build a first-of-its-kind private hangar facility at the Jakkur aerodrome in Bangalore, former pilot-turned-entrepreneur Capt Krishna Prasanth has said. He said the facility would come up within the next three months.

The company was also in the process of setting up a pilot training institution in a joint venture with Australia's Newsland Academy, at an investment of over Rs25 crore ($6.4 million). Once the government grants permission, the JV will be set up within six months, with all the infrastructure necessary, including aircraft, said Capt Prasanth.

Nearly a quarter of India's commercial pilots in India are expatriates. The sector needs around 400 pilots a year, but produces only about 100. By 2015, India will need a total of 11,026 pilots, he said.

Careers Aviation is also planning to start hobby flying services, and provide aircraft maintenance services to corporate houses. India has about 272 corporate aircraft owned by private establishments and individuals, he revealed.