New Delhi. It is a feather in the cap for the Ministry of Civil Aviation in India. With effect from 5 Jan 2010, the Ground Training Department of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy (IGRUA) has become the first Ground Training School in India to be ISO 9001 : 2008 certified.
IGRUA is in the process of having its excellence in imparting flying training certified by the International Standards Organization and this is the first step in that direction. “I congratulate and wish them success as they go from strength to strength,” Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, M Madhavan Nambiar told reporters.
Director of IGRUA Air Marshal (Retd) V K Verma said, The academy has 27 aircraft, of which 11 are single engine aircraft with modern avionics, two turboprop C-90 King aircraft and 14 state-of-the-art Diamond DA-40 glass cockpit aircraft to train pilots. “IGRUA is planning to acquire two more Diamond DA-42 aircraft to augment its multiengine fleet.”
Set up in 1985 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, IGRUA commenced operations in 1986 with the primary objective to meticulously train pilots for entry into the airlines.The institute carries out Line Oriented Flying Training (LOFT) to contemporary international standards, mainly conducting courses for abinitio undergraduate candidates to Commercial Pilot License (CPL) standards with Instrument Rating (IR) and Multiengine Endorsement.
Ministry of Civil Aviation has invested capital in modernizing and augmenting the ageing fleet and infrastructure of IGRUA and formalizing a management contract with the global aviation giant CAE to bring international standardized modern methodology of aviation training, thereby upgrading the quality of training imparted to pilots and making it an integral part of CAE Global Academy.
IGRUA has now increased its yearly intake from 45 to 100 students within a period of 2 years and has reduced its training period from more than 24 months to 18 months with an aim to further reduce it to 15 months without compromising on quality and standards.
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