The Rajasthan Government is all set to restart a closed flying school in Jaipur under public-private partnership (PPP) mode. Government owned agency PDCOR has been asked to prepare a bidding document while expression of interest (EOI) is expected to be issued next week. The state will lease out its airstrip and other infrastructure initially for a period of 20 years. The private player will have to chip in with other assets like the airplane and needed manpower for training. “It is decided to take PPP mode to start the flying club. The government will not invest any money and a successful bidder will look after the management and administration of the club. There will not be a transfer of any assets or land,“ said senior official of the department.
“Services of PDCOR have been sought to make bidding document and we hope that EOI will be released by the end of next week. There should not be any problem in starting a flying school as the state already has permission from the directorate general of civil aviation to operate a flying school. To start with, the successful bidder will have to bring in the minimum of two planes, one of which one should be a multi-engine.
In the existing facilities, a state has an airstrip, garage, and planes which will be used for the training purpose. Along with this, it also owns two and four-seater aircraft each, which too will be utilized for training. Fee and batch size will be decided later but it is expected that it may start with 30 students. To obtain a commercial pilot license (CPL), a trainee will have to clock 200 flying hours while for the private pilot license (PPL), the total of 40 hours of flying would be needed.
Source: Mithilesh, City Journalist - Kota, CollegeDekho