No Shortage of Pilots in India

Ministry of Civil Aviation
Ministry of Civil Aviation

There is no shortage of pilots in India. There is, however, shortage of Type rated Commanders/PIC (Pilot-in-command) on certain types of aircraft and the same is being managed by utilising foreign pilots by issuing Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorization (FATA). Presently, there are 82 FATA holders in India.

Foreign pilots are issued Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorization (FATA) under the provisions of Rule 45 of Aircraft Rules, 1937 & CAR Section 7, Series G, Part II. FATA is not issued to foreign license holder above the age of 65 years in conformity with Rule 28A of Aircraft Rules, 1937, and is further restricted to any lower age limit prescribed by the license issuing contracting State.

There are 34 DGCA approved Flying Training Organizations (FTO) in India operating on 52 bases which provide aircraft flying training to obtain CPL (Commercial pilot License). List of FTOs is at Annexure I.

There are 07 Approved Training Organizations (ATO) which provide type specific aircraft training to Pilots. List of ATOs is at Annexure II.

Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU), India’s only aviation university has been established at Amethi, Uttar Pradesh (UP) under an Act of Parliament.



S No State Name Address Additional bases
Bihar Bihar Flying Institute PatnaAirport,Patna  
Gujarat Ahmedabad Aviation & Aeronautics Ltd., AAA Hangar, Old Terminal Airport, Ahmedabad, Gujarat  
Gujarat Gujarat Flying Club, Vadodara Airport, Gujarat  
Haryana Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation Civil Aerodrome,Kunjpura Road,Karnal, Haryana.
  1. Hisar, Haryana
  2. Pinjore, Haryana
Haryana FSTC Flying School Private Ltd Chaudhary Bansi Lal Airport,

Bhiwani, Haryana

Narnaul, Haryana
Jharkhand Alchemist AviationPvt.Ltd. Jamshedpur, Jharkhand  
Karnataka Govt.FlyingTrainingSchool Jakkur,Bangalore  
Karnataka OrientFlightAviationAcademy Mysore, Karnataka  
Kerala RajivGandhiAcademyforAviationTechnology Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala  
Madhya Pradesh ChimesAviationAcademy, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh


Madhya Pradesh MadhyaPradeshFlyingClub,Indore DeviAhilyabaiHolkarAirport,CivilAerodrome,BijasanRoad,

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh Sha-ShibFlyingAcademy, Guna, Madhya Pradesh


Maharashtra AcademyofCarverAviation, BaramatiAirport,Baramati, Maharashtra  
Maharashtra BlueRayAviation BRAPLHangar,OsmanabadAirport, Maharashtra Mahesana, Gujarat
Maharashtra NagpurFlyingClub Office of the Divisional Commissioner, Civil Lines, Nagpur, Maharashtra.  
Maharashtra NationalFlyingTrainingInstitute,Pvt.Ltd, C/oAirportAuthorityofIndia,BirsiAirport,P.O.P;Paraswada,

Gondia, Maharashtra

Maharashtra RedbirdFlightTrainingAcademyPvt.Ltd. Baramati Airport, Baramati, Maharashtra
  1. Seoni, Madhya Pradesh
  2. Lilabari, Assam
  3. Kalaburagi, Karnataka
Maharashtra SVKMNMIMS


Campus-Babulde,Shirpur,Dist.Dhule, Maharashtra  
Maharashtra SKYNEX Aero Pvt. Ltd. Jalgaon Airport, Jalgaon, Maharashtra  
Maharashtra TheBombayFlyingClub, JuhuAirport,Santacruz(W), Mumbai, Maharashtra
  1. Mumbai, Maharashtra
  2. Dhule, Maharashtra
Odisha Govt.AviationTrainingInstitute, DirectorateofAviation,Orissa,CivilAerodrome,Bhubaneshwar, Odisha Birasal, Odisha


Punjab PatialaAviationClub Patiala, Punjab


Amritsar, Punjab
Rajasthan BanasthaliVidyapithGlidingFlyingClub Banasthali,Dist.Tonk, Rajasthan


Telangana Asia Pacific FlightTrainingAcadsemyLtd. GMR HIAL Airport, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad, Telangana (2013)
  1. Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad, Telangana (2015)


  1. Kalaburagi Airport,  Karnataka (2021)


Telangana FlytechAviation Academy, A1-Kauser,PlotNo.295,RoadNo.10,WestMaredpally.

Secunderabad. Telangana

  1. Nadirgul, Telangana
  2. NagarjunSagar, Andhra Pradesh
Telangana TelanganaStateAviationAcademy, AndhraPradesh,oldAirPort,

Hyderabad, Telangana

Telangana WingsAviationPvt.Ltd., 1-11-256/B,PlotNo.108,

AdjacentAirportRoad,Begumpet, Hyderabad, Telangana

Uttar Pradesh AmbitionsFlyingClubPvt.Ltd Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh


Uttar Pradesh ChetakAviation MS-10,NH-91,AligarhAirstrip,DhanipurAligarh, Uttar Pradesh  
Uttar Pradesh FalconAviationAcademy Ayodhya, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. (Non-operational) (2013)


Rewa, Madhya Pradesh (2019)
Uttar Pradesh GargAviationLtd.UP HangarNo.3dhule,CivilAerodrome,Cantt.

Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh IndiraGandhiRashtriyaUdanAkademy Fursatganj, Dist.Raebareilly, Uttar Pradesh Gondia, Maharashtra
Uttar Pradesh PioneerFlyingAcademyPvt.Ltd MS-10,NH-91,DhanipurAirport,PostPanethi,Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh  
Uttar Pradesh Saraswati Aviation Academy Sultanpur, Amhat Airfield, Uttar Pradesh  

Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation



1 FSTC India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon and Hyderabad
2 CSTPL, Greater Noida
3 AGIPL (Airbus India), Gurgaon
4 CTE, AIR INDIA, Mumbai, Hyderabad, New Delhi
5 CAE, Bengaluru
6 AAG Centre for Aviation Training, Chennai
7 HATS-OFF Helicopter Training Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru

Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh (Retd) in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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