The open skies policy was introduced in India in 1991 and the Indian skies have never been the same again. With numerous airlines being launched, and aircraft being ordered in colossal amounts, the problem, over the years, boiled down to availability of pilots. The Government-run flying schools could not possibly meet the large demand, and, as elswhere, the private sector was expected to step in. However, no private company had ever successfully run a flight school, and hence, there was a natural reluctance on their part to step into a nascent business sector.

In such a situation, a revolutionary concept was implemented by the then Civil Aviation Minister of India, Mr Praful Patel. He combined the infrastructure of an AAI-operated World War II-vintage airfield at Birsi with the interests of the largest global chain of flight schools run by CAE Inc. of Canada, and grandfathered a unique public-private-international partnership, which resulted in the formation of the National Flying Training Institute, Gondia. The Certificate of Approval from DGCA came through on 30 Jan 2009, and NFTI has since become the standard-bearer of quality and reliability in the field of pilot training in India.


NFTI symbolises the best of the Indian spirit. With a modern fleet of aircraft, the ideal lead-in training platforms for the most advanced of airliners, a ground school which ranks as the best in India, a safety environment that is the standard for FTOs worldwide to emulate and a world-class campus in terms of accommodation, food and facilities, NFTI is the yardstick by which an FTO is measured, both nationally and internationally. These are not empty claims; make one visit to NFTI and you will see for yourself. The icing on the cake is its location-far from the distractions of city life, enveloped by a clean and green environmetnt, the only sounds being soft bird-calls-all of which combine to make NFTI the ideal platform to foster learning and  launch fledgling aviators into a challenging and rewarding profession.