It has been over
115 years since mankind took the first flight, transforming the
way human being travel from one place to another. No other
invention has influenced human civilisation the way aviation
has. India was one of the first countries in Asia to have an
established aviation infrastructure, with the first ever
commercial take-off happening from Karachi to Juhu Airport by
J.R.D Tata on 15 October 1932. Since then, India has taken off
as one of the leading aviator countries around the world.
transitioned from the propeller age to the Jet Age, the
government envisioned the need of a premier institute for
training pilots with the latest technologies of the time.
Keeping this requirement in mind, the Government of India set up
its first dedicated national aviation training institute in 1985
under the name of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA),
established at Fursatganj in district Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. The
academy was established with the aim of creating a centre for
excellence for training commercial pilots, providing trainees
with the best of training facilities available.
started with a fleet of single-engine Daher Socata TB 20 and
dual-engine Beechcraft King Air C90A along with associated
six-axis motion simulators. The administration of the Akademi
had ensured that cutting edge technology of the time was
available, including the availability of its own navigation and
landing aids, which remain the Academy’s hallmark even in
liberalisation of civil aviation taking place since 2005 in
India, there was a surge in demand for air transport. To address
this demand and train the next generation pilots, IGRUA acquired
the 14 Diamond DA-40 aircraft and two twin-engine DA-42 aircraft
along with their FNPT simulators.
The Akademi has
come a long way from clearing 20 CPL holders in its initial
years, to now annually qualifying 80 cadets, soon expected to
cross 100 CPL holders. As a pioneering centre for excellence in
aviation, IGRUA is considered as one of the leading academic
training institutes in India, along the lines of IITs and IIMs.
Consequently, IGRUA has become the choice of pilot training even
for the defence forces, namely the Indian Navy and the Indian
Coast Guard, sending 12 and eight pilots respectively, to train
with IGRUA on a yearly basis.
Low fuel prices,
rising incomes and the growing commercial and industrial
requirement of quick access has resulted in India’s carriers
placing large orders as they expand their network across India
and around the world. As IGRUA is set to complete 33 years, the
Academy’s administration is cognisant of this growing demand for
pilots by Indian carriers. To address this growing demand and
the rapid technological transformation of the Indian Aviation
sector, IGRUA is ready to train young aviators with
state-of-the-art aircraft, to ensure safe and comfortable
flights across the country for all citizens.
IGRUA looks forward
to seeing more interest from India’s citizens in the field of
civil aviation so that more youth participate in the growth
story of this wonderful sector and add tangible value to India’s