Pilot training is planned, coordinated and monitored centrally by Air Headquarters (HQ). Actual implementation of the training plans is done by Headquarters Training Command (HQ TC) through various FTEs under its administrative and technical control. Stage III fighter stream training, however, is conducted under the control of operational commands.
Ministry sanctioned in May 1977, a long term training plan (LTTP) for training of pilots for the period January 1977 to December 1986 prescribing the planned intake of trainees from the services, duration of courses, flying hours to be done and number of aircraft authorised for such training. Though the LTTP was to run upto 1986, Ministry set up in August 1982 a high level committee on flight safety (Committee) to make an in-depth study into the accident pattern and entire training process with a view to identifying the areas of weakness in the system and suggest methods to reduce the accident rate. The Committee found (1982) noticeable co-relation between the pattern of initial training and aircraft accidents and viewed that the overall training process was not effective. It suggested a new pilot training scheme to overcome the deficiencies in the existing training system. Ministry accepted the recommendations of the Committee in April 1983 and revised the pattern of training. The revised training plan known as Interim Training Plan for pilots (ITPP) for the period 1983-86 was introduced from July 1983. A proposal for another LTTP covering the period from 1987-91 was put up by Air HQ in June 1984. Pending its finalisation, the ITPP was extended from time to time upto December 1994. Under the ITPP, the training is conducted in three stages; stage I (basic), stage II (advanced) and stage III (applied).
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