Nasik. 03 February 2020. An International Seminar under the theme “Opportunities in Manufacturing and MRO services: Civil Aviation” was organized recently by Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), Nasik Branch in association with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL), Nasik.

The seminar was organized to deliberate on issues to create India as a global maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) hub. This will enable India not only to cater its own MRO needs but also serve the regional MRO demand.

R Madhavan, CMD HAL was the chief guest for the International Seminar. It was also graced by V Seshagiri Rao, CEO (MiG Complex) HAL, Rear Admiral V M Doss VSM, ACNS (AM), IHQ, Indian Navy, Air Cmde P S Sarin VSM, AOC, 11 BRD, IAF, Mr. Pierre Dickeli, CEO Safran India Pvt. Ltd, France, Mr. Bogdanov Ilya, Director UEC, Moscow, Shri Prashant Sanglikar, Asst. Director IATA, Delhi and Shri R V Huliraj, CD (AURDC) and Chairman, AeSI, Nasik branch. To commemorate the International Seminar, a souvenir was released by CMD, HAL followed by his opening address in which he stressed upon the need to build a collaborative MRO ecosystem in India which can cater the burgeoning needs of Indian Aviation industry and later transform it into a global power as a force to reckon with.

The International Seminar received a huge response and was attended by more than 550 participants, which also included International delegates like OEMs from Dassault Aviation Pvt. Ltd, France, Safran India Pvt. Ltd, France, United Engine Corporation, Moscow, SpetsTechnoExport, Ukraine and range of Airline Operators like Go Air, SpiceJet, Alliance Air & General Aviation etc. In addition to this various Indian MRO Industries, Aviation training institutes, engineering colleges, media partners and local Nasik Industries also participated with zest and zeal.

The seminar conducted two power talks on HAL capabilities and Skill development initiatives by HAL for MRO sector. Four panel discussions on various topics namely ”Strategy towards making India into an MRO Hub” , “Expectations of airlines from Indian MROs”, “Approach to create a sound Ecosystem in India for MRO and Skill Development and Human Resource Planning for MRO” were conducted during the seminar. Various eminent personalities from Indian MRO industries like AIESL, Amigo Logistics & Exports, Max Aerospace, AeroChamp, Bharat Aviation, MAB Aviation, Kris Aero Services Pvt. Ltd, HALCON, HAL-Pravara Aviation Institute (HPAI), Thakur Aviation, Amrutvahini Engineering College (AVCOE), Sangamner, Dianoics, AVI-OIL etc. participated in four panel discussions organized as part of this International Seminar. The audience was truly enthralled by the enlightening views of panel members and interacted actively during Q&A sessions.

The event concluded with a way forward session through which stakeholders were urged to continue the work that fosters the best possible future for Aviation and coalesce further towards a common goal of establishing India as a global MRO Hub.