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Work on development of Rajasthan State Flying School in Jaipur to begin soon

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August 8, 2020, 11:59 am

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Jaipur: Rajasthan State Flying School in Jaipur which has been lying defunct for the past 11 years will reopen soon. The school is being developed on Public-Private Partnership model. A private company will start developing the school soon, according to preliminary reports.

A Governing Council Meeting chaired by Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot took several decisions with regard to this much-awaited flying school recently.

Gehlot had announced reopening of the school his budget speech on February 20 this year. Sources said the tenders would be issued soon. Now, young people in Rajasthan would be able to get a commercial pilot license in Jaipur. In the past 11 years since the school closed, they were forced to enrol in flying schools in other states and even overseas to get commercial pilot license. A 200-hour flying experience is mandatory for obtaining the license from DGCA.

While an aspiring pilot has to pay up to Rs 60 lakh to complete the flying course overseas, the cost is Rs 30-40 lakh in other states. There are 33 flying schools across the country.

Sources said that completing the course at Rajasthan State Flying School is going to be cheaper as the fee would be up to Rs 25 lakh.

The work to develop the school will be entrusted to a private company on PPP model. The school currently has two aircrafts. The private company will decide whether to increase the number of aircrafts.

First published: August 8, 2020