Nagpur Flying Club is likely to start again. The Nagpur Divisional Commissioner Prajakta Lavangare-Varma is hopeful of starting the Flying Club in a couple of months.
Informing media about the efforts, she said that letter to Director General of Civil Aviation has been written to seek clearance for starting it. The certificate from DGCA is mandatory for the purpose.
Nagpur Flying Club was established in 1947 and is cheapest flying School in India. The Club, which was started by a few enthusiasts, was later taken over by Government of Maharashtra. It has produced number of pilots, which include Nagpur’s Guardian Minister and Maharashtra’s Energy Minister Dr Nitin Raut.
Varma is hopefull that the permission will be granted for starting the Club and also for recruitment of the staff. Former Divisional Commissioner Dr Sanjeev Kumar has also assured recruitment and starting of the Club, a few months back. However, this time Dr Raut is also interested and had made similar statement a couple of weeks agop.
At least three aircrafts will be available for training. The Club is non-operational for about four years. Initiative to restart the club started following a writ petition filed by a Nagpurian. Starting of the Club was also important for training NCC cadets opting for Air Wing.
The Divisional Commissioner’s statement on Tuesday has rekindled hopes of flying enthusiasts in the region.