The Aviation Mechanic School in India has set up an air-conditioned facility and a cafe to offer air-cooled air-to-ground aircraft maintenance and repairs.
It has partnered with a technology startup to make the facility more efficient and efficient, as well as provide a service that can be easily shared by pilots.
“The air-conduction facility is being constructed by a technology company and the cafe will provide air-quality and convenience to the pilots and flight attendants who are coming to the school.
The cafe will also provide a place to recharge their phones and laptops.
There will be a flight attendant at the cafe, who can provide maintenance services to the aircraft, provide maintenance tips and advise the pilot on the best way to fly the aircraft,” said Anil Bhushan, the director of the school, which is part of the National Institute of Air Services Technology (NIASAT) and is based at Pune’s Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
The Air-Conditioned Air-Cab, which the school will operate out of, will also be equipped with an air filter system.
“The air filter will be fitted with a solar panel and the pilot will be able to check if there is any problem,” he added.
Air-conditioning in the school is meant to be a cost-effective alternative to air-con and can be achieved with a combination of solar panels, water-cooling and other methods, as opposed to expensive air-exhaust.
It is hoped that the pilot can get away with a clean and efficient cabin, as they would not have to take breaks while flying.
Aircraft Maintenance and RepairIn addition to providing maintenance and repair services, the school also has an aeronautical technology centre that will provide aeronautics education to students.
“Our aeronauts will be learning from our graduates, including our aeronatricians, who will be trained in aeronavigation and navigation.
It will be an integrated course,” said Bhushans, adding that they are working on bringing in an instructor for the students who do not have a pilot to train with.
The aeronaval students, who are in their early 20s and will be working in the air-force, will be required to have completed a four-year aeronamatory training course.
“We are also looking for young people from private pilots who are interested in flying aircraft,” he said.
The company behind the school said it has received financial support from the National Institutes of Technology (NITIAS) and the Centre for Science and Technology Education (CSTE).
It is also hoping to attract funding from the Tata Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), a non-profit organisation.
“This is our second school, the first being the one at Bangalore and we have learnt from them as well,” said Naidu.