Airbus has signed a contract with the GMR Group, a leading Indian aviation infrastructure developer, to provide aircraft maintenance training to young aviation engineers. Airbus partners with GMR.
GMR will provide the fully integrated Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licensing program at the GMR School of Aviation in Hyderabad. The four-year course will include two years of classroom training and a two-year training in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) at GMR Aero Technic in Hyderabad followed by Aircraft Type Training.
According to the contract, Airbus will provide the necessary software and courseware in the form of trainee handbooks, an examination database, online access to Airbus’ customized basic training modules, and Airbus Competence Training (ACT) which is the technical training material required for the courses. In addition, Airbus will also provide training to GMR instructors along with doing an assessment of the training center.
Rémi Maillard, President, and Managing Director, Airbus India & South Asia said that the partnership with GMR represents a significant deepening of MRO capabilities in India that are required to match the tremendous future demand for such services from the domestic aviation industry. “Airbus will continue to contribute to the development of India’s wider aerospace ecosystem, including enhancing its manufacturing and services capabilities through its industrial footprint,” he said.
Speaking about the partnership Mr. Ashok Gopinath, CEO, of GMR Aero Technic said, “The aviation ecosystem is evolving rapidly. India is all set to become the largest aviation market by 2030. The increase in air traffic is leading to fast growth in the commercial aviation fleet in the country. To cater to the emerging demand and support the industry, there is a need for skilled professionals. The GMR School of Aviation will help create a talent pool for engineering and maintenance solutions. We are glad to have Airbus as our knowledge partner in this venture, which will also further the cause of ‘Mission Skill India.’”
Interestingly, in 2021 Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the GMR Group, to explore collaboration opportunities across aviation services, technologies, and innovation.
The MoU was signed at Aero India 2021, the once-in-two-year air show held in India. At that time, it was agreed that Airbus and the GMR Group will team up to explore potential synergies in several strategic areas of aviation services, including maintenance, components, training, and digital and airport services.
As a part of the MoU, Airbus and GMR were to collaborate to explore a broad scope of aviation services both for commercial and military aircraft to benefit the entire aerospace ecosystem in the country.