BOKARO: The state civil aviation department has a given green signal to set up a glider training institute here after assessing the site viability at the Bokaro airport , district MLA Biranchi Narayan said on Sunday.
Biranchi met the CEO of Bokaro Steel Plant, P K Singh, on Sunday to request space for setting up of an office at the airport before for the training institute is established, which will be funded by the state government. "The CEO's response was positive", said Narayan. The Bokaro airport is owned and maintained by BSL.
Captain S P Sinha, who is the director of state civil aviation department, said, " The institute will open a domain where people can get glider pilot licence (GPI) after training." He added, "Two-seater, single engine gliders will be introduced for training in Bokaro. GPI requires 25 flying hours within a period of one year. Interested candidates could pursue further training for commercial pilot licence after getting GPI in the glider training institute here."
Currently, glider training institutes exist in Ranchi and in Dumka. "Ranchi and Dumka flying institutes are getting a good response," added Sinha.
Bokaro airport is currently going through expansion for commercial flight operation. "The expansion work is expected to be over by October. From November, commercial flight operation is supposed to begin here. However, there will be no heavy air traffic" , the director said.