Airbus inaugurates new training center in India

 Global aerospace major Airbus recently made an announcement that the company has opened its training center for commercial pilots and maintenance engineers at Haryana's Gurugram in the National Capital Region (NCR). 

"Through the center, we aim to train 8,000 commercial pilots and 2,000 maintenance engineers over the next 10 years," an Airbus spokesperson told IANS at the Aero India air show. 

The center includes an A320 simulator for full-flight simulation and programs on aircraft procedure training, computer-based classroom training and standard pilot transition training, the company said in a statement. 

It also has an 'Upgrade to Command' course to improve the skills of the co-pilots. 

The facility will complement Airbus India's training center in Bengaluru, which has trained over 4,500 maintenance engineers since its inception in 2007, the statement said. 

"Providing a training infrastructure to support our customers' businesses is a priority for us," said Airbus India and South Asia President Anand E. Stanley in the statement. 

The aerospace major assessed that India will need 25,000 additional pilots over the next 20 years to keep pace with the growing commercial aviation industry. 

"Over 500,000 additional pilots will be required worldwide over the next 20 years," it added.