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A 110-year-old Aviation Institute is locked after the eviction orders issued by AAI.

For how long this once bustling building will stand alone, no one knows but yeah it had left the career of students in an uncertain situation.

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Delhi Flying Club which was established in 1928 was shut down on June 25. The aviation institute which operated out of the Safdarjung airport had failed to pay the license fee to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The Institute gave the undertaking before the Delhi High court that they would leave the premises.

Albeit flying training had been terminated in 2002, the institution had been an abode for providing ground and other technical training to the flying aspirant.

The DFC provided various courses like including pilot training, cockpit resource management course aircraft maintenance engineering courses (AME), etc. but sudden cessation to it had left the 85 students in the mid of incomplete course.

Sherin Malik, 20, who took the admission in the DFC shared her frustration and said that she paid more than Rs 2 lakh for four semesters. (source: ht)

Few students took the support of the High court, which directed the Aviation Institute to assure that the students complete their course.

Some of the students shared that they tried to get the admissions in other aviation institutes but different courses had smashed their all possibilities.

The DFC which had once trained cadets for the air force during the Indo-China war of 1962 would come to end was not expected. It had provided the license to the first President of the country. Even Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, former Odisha chief minister Biju Patnaik and Sanjay Gandhi had acquired licenses from this place. The club shared a great history.

Sanjay Mishra, the president of the new management committee, stated that he was unaware of the notices and the renewal of the license.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) issued a notice in the year 2015  for retrieval of revised license fees but instead of renewal the committee of the institution knocked the door of High Court and filed two writ petitions. The pleas were rejected by the court and AAI issued the notice for vacating the place on 6 January 2017.

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