FTO Red Bird Flight Training Academy inaugurated at Belagavi

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By uday

Redbird Aviation Flying Pvt. Ltd commenced its Flying Training Organisation (FTO) at Belagavi airport today and the same was virtually inaugurated by General V.K. Singh, Minister of State, Ministry of Civil Aviation in the presence of Smt. Mangal Suresh Angadi, Hon’ble MP (LS)-Belagavi, Sh. Rajeev Bansal, Secretary-MoCA, and other senior officials of AAI in New Delhi.

Airport Director Belagavi, Capt. Karan Mann, President-Red Bird Flight Training Academy was present at Belagavi airport for the formal inauguration.

MoCA approved 05 Flying Training Institutes at BELAGAVI, Kalaburagi, Jalgaon, Khajuraho & Lilabari and an award letter was issued to the FTO agencies in the month of May-2021.

AAI (Airports Authority of India) awarded the land of 5000 sqm on the lease of 25 years to FTOS on Design, Build, Operate, Maintenance and Transfer (DBOMT) basis.

FTO Red Bird Flight Training Academy inaugurated at Belagavi

An agreement signed in between Belagavi Airport and M/s. Red Bird on 30.06.2021.

Link Taxi Track of 247 M in length and 10.5 M wide by AAI completed on 30.06.2022.

As per the agreement, taxi track is to be constructed by AAI and Hangar & Apron by M/s. Red Bird. The size of the Hangar is 25 m x 25 m and size of the Apron is 50 m x 50 m.

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M/s. Red Bird started their flying operations on 11.03.23. At present, three (03) aircraft (two single-engine Tecnam 2008 JC and one Cessna 172) are deployed for the flying training at Belagavi Airport. From 12.03.23 to 28.03.23 i.e. in 17 days more than 165 hours of flying training were already conducted.

Redbird Aviation Flying Pvt. Ltd (Belagavi)

Redbird Flight Training Academy is a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approved flight training organization that was established in the year 2017 with a vision to impart quality training to aspiring pilots in India on sophisticated and state of art jets. The affiliations of Redbird Flight Training Academy include accreditation with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and affiliations with the Aerospace and Aviation Sectors’ Skill council of India.

We are also recognized as India’s best and biggest Flying Training Academy by various reputed Universities across the country and are always looking to expand our training infrastructure to accommodate the fast-growing need for skilled and talented pilots in India and other technical personnel.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) awarded this privileged opportunity to Redbird under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative to set up a World-Class Pilot Training Academy. Redbird Flight Training Academy is intent on using the latest and modern equipment at the training facility in order to provide an enriching experience to our students. Our fleet of Aircraft consists of Modern Technology Glass-Cockpit aircraft, Tecnam P-2008JC, Tecnam P2006T, Tecnam P-Mentor and Cessna 172 aircraft.

Redbird has the industry’s best expert trainers and the most advanced Aircraft fleet which have been recently procured specially for hands-on training, also championing for green initiatives as a cause of action by using unleaded and eco-friendly fuel.

Aircraft to be used for training and their specifications

a. In Belagavi

Presently 5 (as below), to be increased to 7 by the year end. 1. Tecnam P2008JC Single Engine

Tecnam P-Mentor Single Engine

b. Total Redbird fleet across all bases

i. 25 current, 07 on order, 32 by the year end.

2. Size of the FTO (Size of Runway, No of Hangars, No of Taxiways) and their specifications a. In Belagavi

i. Runway Size – 2300 X 45 meters

ii. No. Taxiways – 4 (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie & Lima)

iii. Hangars-1

3. Total Redbird bases/infrastructure

a. Complete Commercial Pilot License, Instructors, Drone and

Ground school

b. Alsim Level-5 Simulator

c. A320 Fixed Base Simulator


d. 5 Flying bases (Baramati, Kalaburagi, Belagavi,Colombo) and 2 under development (Dumka, Seoni)

4. No of Students to be taken in 1 single batch

a. 20 currently to be increased to 100.

5. Courses for Training Programme and its duration a. Integrated Commercial Pilot License (Fastest in India 12-18 months)

b. Sole training partner with Airbus for Type Rating A320

6. Elements of Training a. Smart class for Theoretical training

b. Modern technology glass cockpit aircraft for Practical flying training

c. State of art Simulator for training

7. Process for selecting of students and their qualification to enrolled in the FTO

Online entrance exam conducted every few months. Students need to be above 18 years of age and should have completed their 12th board exams with English, Physics and Mathematics.

8. Future Prospects after Training

Airlines, Private charter services, Air ambulances, Government pilot jobs, Cargo/freighter services, Flight Instructors

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