Mangaluru: 150 Indian commercial pilot licence trainees stuck in USA


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Apr 2: A number of Indian trainees who are undergoing commercial pilot licence training at CAE-Phoenix Aviation Academy at Mesa in Arizona, USA, under the IndiGo air cadet pilot programme of IndiGo Airlines, are now unable to move out. They have now become panicky about their future.

Out of 350 trainees, about 150 are Indians. Two each among them are from Bengaluru and Mangaluru. Their parents have appealed to the Prime Minster, Narendra Modi and other officials through letters to ensure that the children are safely brought back to India as they have no security at the training institute.

Balvinder Virdi, a Punjabi businessman from Mangaluru says that his son Prabhjot Singh, had left for the USA in December 2018 to undergo the 54-week training programme. The training was to conclude in January this year, but it is unfinished. Coronavirus has been spreading fast in the USA but lockdown has not been enforced there, he claims. He is apprehensive that if lockdown is declared there, the trainees will find it difficult to get scholarship and residential facility. Because the course period has been extended, the parents are facing additional financial burden, Virdi rues.

He said that the institute where the training is going on has not taken any measures to ensure safety of the trainees, and they have not been provided with protective gear like masks, hand gloves, sanitisers etc. In spite of difficulties, the trainees are asked to perform one to two hours of flying training every day. As all the students stay together, there is risk of virus spreading to everyone if one of them is infected. Therefore, he said they are making efforts to safely bring the students back to India.

 

 

  

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    People take it easy and follow the directions from govt of social distancing. This is a dangerous virus spread like wild fire. We have to be extremely careful to stop the spread and cure in helping everyone

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Empathize with these young men, wish them good luck!

    BTW, airline industry is going through the worst times in history; just yesterday, 200 Air India pilots contract was terminated!

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    People,

    Imposing lock down is a decision of each State Governor in US....We have 50 States and most of the States have already declared lock down already....rest will follow soon...depending upon COVID-19 Situation in their States...

    Being United STATES of America...Our States have more powers than Indian State Governments...Our State Governor's are directly elected by People like US President...In States we have State SUPREME Courts...States have their own National Guards and Armories... US Presidents normally don't interfere in State matters....

    Mesa is in Arizona, USA , which is a Small desert State with very few Cases of COVID-19....

    Common parents ask your Children to try to keep Social distancing and stay away from mixing with others....they will be alright...

    If you wanted to travel to India...you should have done that when Air travel was banned by US to China and Italy...now its too late to travel....Wait till end of April when COVID-19 likely to come out of its peak...

    Hardship will make you strong in long run my dear Wannabe Pilots...Stop Crying, take precautions and be BRAVE...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Bravo a well advice to the parents and important message to all of us about US state governments functioning beside that they don't interfere in other states matter's and as you commented Arizona is still safe compering to some other state in US.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Langoolacharyaji, latest finding from MIT says that the earlier findings of droplet distance during sneezing of approximately 6 ft is under calculated; the real distance droplets can shoot is up to 23-27 ft, and the virus is very hardly & resilient than earlier thought, thus throwing all present protocols on self distancing of 6ft to the winds!

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    27 Feet distance of Virus travelling is a theoretical calculation by MIT...perhaps some Crazy Vidhwaan of MIT climbed 27 feet height and sneezed down!!!....Same question was asked to Trump and his team today...they denied it and said its theoretical calculation...

    Everyday at 5 PM Trump gives COVID-19 press conference...its fun to watch like all Trump press conferences...this 27 feet was discussed and denied today ...6 feet social distancing is good enough...

    Take it easy we will control COVID-19 by the end of April...Don't panic...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Don't you still know that Trump card is a joker who knows nothing but business; anytime he can take U turns!

    How come then various heads of state are infected? The latest victim is the royal palace of Spain, which has become a hot spot!!

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Why no restrictions there?
    I think even 6 feet social distancing not worth anything 😧

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  • Pilot Aspirant, Mangalore/Delhi

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Sad phase for the Aviation Industry. Hopefully it revives fully at the earliest.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Please don't panic. There are thousands of Indian Students stuck in USA ...

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