Well someone has to fly them

Here’s a piece of Paris news that might get lost in the deluge of Airbus and Boeing order annoucements, but has a key role to play in ensuring all those aircraft actually get delivered. Canada’s CAE has signed agreements to develop and manage two training schools in India, which together will produce more than 400 new pilots a year to feed the country’s rapidly growing airlines. CAE will manage and upgrade the Indian government’s Indra Gandhi flight training academy and develop a new National Flying Training Institute in a joint venture with the Airport Authority of India. India needs 5,000 new pilots over the next five years, twice the number now active, so even the ability to train 400 a year domestically – 600-plus with the new MPL multi-crew pilot license, says CAE – leaves a big gap to be filled by foreign flight schools.

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