AVIATION: GROWTH AND FUTURE

   

The Indian aviation industry is one of the fastest growing aviation industries in the world. With the liberalization of the Indian aviation sector, aviation industry has undergone a rapid transformation. From being primarily a government-owned industry, the Indian aviation industry is now dominated by private owned airlines who now account for around 75% share of the domestic aviation market. Earlier, air travel was a privilege only a few could afford, but with the commencement of operations by the low cost carriers now large number of people can afford air travel.

India has 454 airports and airstrips; of these, 16 are designed international airports. Airport infrastructure is being developed at a fast pace to cope up with the growth of air transport operations. Mumbai and Delhi airports have already been privatized and are being upgraded at an estimated investment of US$ 4 billion by 2016. Simultaneous operations from parallel runways having facilities for Category 3B level operations, has now become a reality. Chennai and Kolkata airports are undergoing major development and modernization work. Greenfield airports developed by private consortia at Bangalore and Hyderabad are now operational involving a total investment of over US$ 800 million. Another Greenfield airport at Navi Mumbai is planned to be developed in the near future. 35 other airports are undergoing up-gradation.

 

A large number of airports can now handle all weather operations instead of fair weather operations earlier. Ground based communication, navigation and surveillance facilities are now being replaced by satellite based facilities. India is developing its satellite based navigation system GAGAN which will enable precision approaches at all airports in India.


IMPORTANCE OF AVIATION

The growth in aviation has shrunk the world into a village. Now one can have breakfast in Delhi, lunch in London and dinner at New York. Air travel which was a luxury earlier has now become a necessity. Introduction of Low Cost Carrier model has brought about a revolution in air travel. It has made air travel within the reach of a common man. Connectivity between smaller towns has increased significantly.

General aviation is also increasing its air transport activities fast. Helicopter operations have become very popular and are in great demand particularly in the election periods. Helicopters now find increasing role in tourism and security related activities also. Small jet aircraft are now being imported increasingly by corporate. General aviation is now becoming a major activity in the country.
           
Aircraft Maintenance Engineers enjoy a very high proportion of full time jobs with good prospect and very strong employment growth. A licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers is rewarded with the opportunity to examine and certify an aircraft as ready for takeoff. The present scenario reveals that demand of trained personal is constantly growing due to very high growth of the Indian aviation Industry which has been exuberant in the last ten years. Indian Airport handled about ten million domestic passengers a year a decade ago, that figure has now crossed 25 million. And it is expected to reach 100 million in two years. This explosive growth in aviation sector along with planning in techniques is also opening new avenues for a trained Aircraft Maintenance Engineers is amongst the highly paid professional, who may earn Rs.6,00,000/- to above Rs.24,00,000/- annum.

The above data itself is explanatory that another high potential opportunity area of MRO (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul) of Aircraft, Engine and related system will open up shortly. This section is yet to be open in India because all the aircraft used by Airlines and General Aviation are new and it will require serious maintenance only after 3 to 5 years from now. Many important players like Boeing, Airbus, Lufthansa along with various small MRO operators have already started setting up facilities to meet the industries requirement. This will again create a vacuum of especially trained manpower creating tremendous scope for young generation in aviation industries. The fast expanding aviation industry in the country is ready to extend an opportunity for us should we decide for a corner in aviation after 10+2 without a second thoughts.

 
 

 

 

 
 
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