Report and Pics from Rons Bantwal
Daijiworld Media Network – Mumbai (RD)
Mumbai, Jun 19: Five students and an instructor of Ryan International Group of Institutions (RIGI), here, have obtained Airtime Canada Co-Pilots licence from Aviation Academy in Canada, recently. This group of five students is one of the youngest students in India to have gained this international experience in the field of aviation. This is the third consecutive year that the students from RIGI have received their co-pilot licences at such a young age. This is just another attempt by RIGI to transform India’s youth into future leaders of the world.
These aspiring Ryan pilots took their flying lessons from a professional aviation academy where their instructor, Jim gave them information about different parts of the plane and their functions. The students also experienced the functioning of the Air Traffic Controller. Before reaching for the sky, the students thoroughly understood the functioning of an airplane. Finally, with the assistance of a pilot, these Ryanites flew the plane. They flew from Pitt Meadows Airport to Abbotsford; from Abbotsford to Chilliwack and from Chilliwack back to Pitt Meadows Airport.
"At Ryan’s, our focus has always been all-round development and excellence in our students. This unique initiative is a small step towards making every Ryanite, a king and queen in the career of their choice. Our efforts are to design initiatives which aim at developing life skills in our students, which aligns well with our chairman’s vision to transform our young Indian population as highly employable in the world. We extend our hand to like minded institutions who intend to create a dynamic young India," expresses RIGI managing director Grace Pinto.
RIGI believes that it is the responsibility of the educational institutions to cater to the growing need of quality skill development education in India. RIGI has established School district number 42, Canada as one of their Friendship Institutions across the globe. RIGI has jointly organized an Aviation and Leadership Camp for 12 to 15 year old Ryan students.
"The Aviation and Leadership Camp 2009 camp was an ‘experience’ programme which provided tje RIGI students an opportunity to explore the world of aviation through a structured programme of class room and in-flight training. Our students learnt navigation, flight-planning, aerodynamics, communications, and flight engineering skills. They also got an opportunity to apply these skills during a series of actual flights. The programme was designed to be informative and fun, while helping them develop self-confidence and leadership skills, which were the main objectives of the Aviation and Leadership Camp 2009. The programme also aimed at orienting students with hands-on experience of being a co-pilot and thereby opening an avenue to consider aviation as a possible career option," Pinto added.
The leadership training camp enhanced their communication skills, team spirit, life skills and was a process of self realization. It also presented them with an opportunity to interact with international students, thus broadening their horizons.