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Global aerospace major Boeing on Friday expanded its engineering and technology centre in this tech hub and said it would hire 1,500 more engineers to drive digital innovation. “The new centre has doubled our footprint, which will enable our employees to work on new technologies that will drive aerospace innovation from India for the world,” said Boeing’s Indian arm in a statement here. The company plans to hire an additional 1,500 employees to ramp up the headcount at the Boeing India Engineering and Technology Centre to 2,500 over the next few years from 1,000 in the specialized fields of IT, engineering and research and development (R&D).
“The new facility will have software technologies for design, manufacturing and service offerings and to scale up aerospace, engineering and R&D activities,” said the statement.
From an IT perspective, the focus at the centre will be on Product Lifecycle Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Data Analytics and Software Design for aerospace.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, collaborated with Czech Aviation Training Centre (CATC) to establish skill academies in private universities and offer Aviation related courses for aspiring students. The training will help aspiring candidates in securing a career in the aviation sector across various job roles i.e. Cabin Crew, ATC pre-training and Aviation Security.

The agreement will facilitate Short Term Courses and Diploma/ Degree programs in the Aviation sector for both Service and Maintenance segment in a phased manner at Universities recommended by NSDC. The required training will be provided based on industry defined standards under National Skills Qualification Framework, which will be further aligned to the EASA standards. Placements will be facilitated for all students who complete their training program, across both national and international airlines. To run the Cabin Crew Training, CATC will invest approximately EUR 12,000 (Euros Twelve Thousand) to set-up a Lab in each of the university and will further provide all the required equipment’s for safety and service within the skill academy at the university.

Commenting on the partnership, Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said, “The aviation sector has emerged as one of the fastest growing industry in the country over the last three years. Our collaboration with CATC will help students acquire the right skill required to secure a career in the aviation sector. The successful candidates trained under this partnership will pass the entry screening of an Allied Domestic or International airline. We will also provide employment linkages under this partnership which will help make skill training effective and aspirational.”
In the first and second phase, CATC will conduct training on Cabin Crew, ATC Pre training and Aviation Security. In phase three CATC would recommend training on Load controller, Flight dispatcher, Airport Safety Crew, Airport X-ray Qualified Staff.

A growing shortage of airline pilots is putting the industry’s recent growth at risk as planes sit idle, higher salaries cut into profits and unions across the globe push for more benefits.

Carriers such as Emirates and Australia’s Qantas Airways have poured resources into hiring, but struggled in recent months to use their jets as often as their business plans dictate because of training bottlenecks.

Pilots at Ireland’s Ryanair are forming unions across Europe seeking better working conditions, and those at Air France are striking over pay. In the U.S., pilots who took pay cuts when carriers went bankrupt a decade ago are receiving big raises under new contracts now that airlines are posting strong profits. The surge in employee costs, which rival fuel as the biggest strain on an airline’s finances, comes as higher oil prices are already squeezing margins. Airlines say ticket prices have not kept pace with costs.

“These cost pressures are not about to stop imminently,” International Air Transport Association (IATA) chief economist Brian Pearce said at the trade group’s annual meeting in Sydney, where IATA lowered its airline profit forecast by 12%, citing higher fuel and labour costs. “It’s the symptom of a wider issue. If we look at developed economies, unemployment in the OECD has fallen to lows and we are starting to get wage pressures, of which pilot shortages are a symptom in our industry,” he told airline bosses, many of whom expressed concern about a shortage on the sidelines of the IATA annual meeting last week.

The high cost of pilot training and several years of earlier hiring freezes in markets like the U.S. and Australia have deterred potential aviators from entering an industry that Boeing says will need 637,000 more pilots over the next 20 years.

IATA estimates airline traffic will nearly double during that period, so companies like Canadian training group CAE Inc. and L3 Technologies are building new flight simulators to cash in on training demand.

Jet Airways Ltd said on Monday it has agreed with Boeing Co to purchase 75 of its 737 MAX aircraft, as the Indian carrier expands to meet domestic passenger demand in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market. Jet, India’s biggest full-service carrier said in a regulatory filing it had entered an agreement to buy the aircraft, but it did not say whether the agreement was a formal order or a non-binding memorandum of understanding.

This is the third agreement Jet Airways has entered into for Boeing’s 737 MAX narrowbody jets over the last one year, taking the total to 225 aircraft. The Indian airline signed firm orders for 75 planes each in October and April.

Based on Boeing’s list prices, the latest deal could be worth as much as $9.7 billion depending on which 737 MAX the airline chooses. Airlines usually get significant discounts from manufacturers though, bringing costs well below list prices. The 737 MAX can seat between 130 and 230 passengers, depending on the variant. The latest agreement comes as Indian airlines rush to expand fleets to meet the ever-increasing demand for domestic as well as international flights, making it one of the most targeted sales markets for Boeing and European rival Airbus SE.

Boeing said in July last year it expected Indian airlines to order up to 2,100 aircraft worth $290 billion over the next 20 years, calling it the highest-ever forecast for Asia’s third-largest economy. Domestic passenger traffic in India has grown at more than 20 percent annually in the last few years despite a lack of infrastructure and air traffic congestion at some of its busiest airports such as Delhi and Mumbai.