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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CIVIL AVIATION
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1272
TO BE ANSWERED ON 11TH AUGUST 2011
Flying Training School at Jakkur, Bangalore
1272. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the minister of CIVIL AVIATION be pleased to state:
(a) Whether it is a fact that Government Flying Training School (GFTS) at Jakkur, Bangalore is facing a risk of closure as the DGCA has established that Jakkur Airport is unsafe for flying fixed wing aircrafts due to the ongoing construction of the elevated road on the national highway; and
(b) If so, the steps Government is taking to save the school, a heritage school founded in 1948 by the then Maharaja of Mysore, that gave the country its first woman pilot?
MINISTER OF OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS & MINISTER OF CIVIL AVIATION
(SHRI VAYALAR RAVI)
(a) : During the audit of Government Flying Training School, Bangalore by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, construction activity was noted in the vicinity, which may affect runway length availability for operations.
(b) : The Government of Karnataka which owns the airfield is aware of the problem and has initiated action by forming a Committee to examine the issue.