Madhya Pradesh, known as heart of India, offers most of the required resources for flying training. Due to its central location, it is usually well connected to most parts of India. In terms of weather, MP offers fair weather for flying most of the year. Close to 300 days of flying is possible in MP due to strategic location. Further, there are not much airspace restrictions in MP. Moreover, MP offers many state airstrips for flying training. Flying training on these state government owned airstrips can be done interference free.
Presently, MP has four functional Flying Training Schools. They are:
· Madhya Pradesh Flying Club, Indore
· Madhya Pradesh Flying Club, Bhopal
· Chimes Aviation Academy, Sagar
· Sha-Shib Aviation Academy, Guna
MADHYA PRADESH FLYING CLUB, INDORE
Airport: Devi Ahilya Bai International Airport, Indore
Aircraft: Single Engine: Cessna 172R – 1, Cessna 152 – 1,
Multi-Engine: Beech Baron G58 – 1, P68C -2
MPFC is the oldest flying training school of MP. Primary base of MPFC is in Indore whereas satellite base in Bhopal. At the time of writing this blog, MPFC Indore’s Chief Instructor is Capt. Mandar Mahajan. Capt. Mandar hails from Indore and renowned among flying training fraternity.
MPFC is a cost-effective flying school. Indore Airport is owned and operated by Airport Authority of India and the airport have all necessary facilities for commercial Pilot training. Due to increased airline traffic at Indore, increasing flying training activity is not easy.
MADHYA PRADESH FLYING CLUB, BHOPAL
Airport: Raja Bhoj International Airport, Bhopal
Aircraft: Single Engine: Cessna 172R – 1, Cessna 152 – 2
MPFC Bhopal is satellite branch of MPFC, Indore. At the time of writing this blog, Chief Flying Instructor at Bhopal is Capt. Vamshi Krishna. Capt. Vamshi belongs to Andhra Pradesh.
MPFC charges a very nominal fee per hour and best suited for those looking for cost effective flying training. The aircrafts interchange among both branches of Indore and Bhopal. Bhopal Airport is owned and operated by Airport Authority of India and offers all necessary facilities for Commercial Pilot training. Bhopal Airport does not have much airline traffic as of now that makes Bhopal airport a conducive destination for Pilot training.
CHIMES AVIATION ACADEMY, SAGAR
Airport: Dhana state airstrip, Sagar district
Aircraft: Single Engine: Cessna 172R Thielert - 9
Multi-Engine: Diamond DA42 – 2, Piper Seneca – 1
Chimes Aviation Academy started 10 years back and now one of the premier Flying training school of India. Chimes operates from one of MP state government owned airstrip i.e. Dhana near Sagar district. Chimes started with a new fleet of Cessna 172 Aircraft and gradually increased its fleet and training standards. Flying is consistent at Chimes. Cost wise Chimes comes at a higher side. However, flying happens usually faster. Majority of flying happens at their parent airstrip i.e. Dhana. However, for some of the requirements, Chimes train their students at Bhopal, Jabalpur or Nagpur airports.
SHA-SHIB AVIATION ACADEMY, GUNA
Airport: Guna Airstrip, Guna district
Aircraft: Single Engine: Cessna 172R – 2 Thorp T211 – 1
Sha-Shib is a leading aviation education institute for aircraft maintenance. Sha-Shib has a flying training academy as well at Guna. At the time of writing the blog, Chief Flying Instructor at Sha-Shib Aviation Academy is Capt. Parag Das. Guna Airstrip is a MP government owned airstrip and free from any regular commercial airline traffic.
In addition to above mentioned four flying training schools, there are few schools planned in MP at some of state-owned airstrips. Due favourable conditions for flying training, MP is one of the top choices for opening a flying training institute.
*Author is an Indian Private Pilot and keen observer of Indian aviation market. He has flown with multiple flying training schools of India. He enjoys mentoring people who wish to be a commercial / hobby Pilot. He can be approached at email@example.com