Welcome to the world of GATI (Government Aviation Training Institute)

Flying an Airplane is a pursuit of passion. It is the exploration of boundaries that define our limitations as human beings. In our culture it is said that these boundaries were breached by the "Pushpaka Vimana" many millennia ago. In modern times it is said to be the "Flyer" that first got airborne with a lone pilot lying flat on his stomach on the wing and handling the flight controls and throttle, bearing little resemblance to the machines we fly today.

Flying a modern jetliner can be accurately described as managing a 300-tonne aluminum (also composite now) tube loaded fuel, human beings, and their belongings, tearing through the atmosphere, marginally below the speed of sound, using technology that can take you to the stars. This will not change now or in a post  COVID19 world.

The ability to fly a modern airplane requires the "Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude" that we train here at GATI. As our future student pilots, you can be sure that we will be the example of the pilots that we aspire to make. The flying license that you will earn with us will empower you to traverse the landscape of aviation anywhere on our beautiful planet.


Proud Achievements of GATI

"Aero Club of India Awards the Prestigious Trophy for the Best Performing Flying Academy in India for the year 2010-11 , 2016-17 and 2017-18 to Government Aviation Training Institute, Bhubaneswar(Odisha)

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  • Inspite of COVID, the Asia-Pacific region will require the most additional pilots – about 91,000 over 10 years, equating to about one-third of total demand. North America will need a combined 65,000 new pilots; Europe 42,000; the Middle East 25,000; South and Central America 16,000; and Africa 4,000, CAE projects.
  • The Indian Commercial Drone Market is Projected to Grow at CAGR of 12.4% during 2020 - 2026. (Source E.T - Research and Markets August 31 2020)
  • 9,488 Pilots required in India in next Five Years. ( Source E.T - Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri September -21,2020) 
  • Asia looks to women to meet Pilot shortage, Asia will require 2,26,000 in the next two decades.

About Us

Founded by the honorable Captain Bijayananda(Biju) Patnaik on 14th September 1946, the Orissa Flying Club at Bhubaneshwar, was one of the early and premier flying institutions of India. It was his dream, that the young men and women of Odisha be at the forefront, to train and become professional pilots of independent India.

That dream is well and alive today, with GATI. In 1974, after rechristening of the Orissa Flying Club into Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI) under the department of transport, pilot training became an important part of government's plan for aviation. Fast forwarding to 2020, GATI has moved to Birasal Airport and has become one of the shining examples of PPP(Public, Private, Partnership) initiative of the Government of Odisha that is providing guidance and training to the youth of India. With our dedicated airfield with night landing facilities, just 45NM from Bhubaneshwar, we have a perfect environment for flight training.   



GATI is based out of Birasal, an independent airfield with open airspace, located 45nm north west from Bhubaneshwar airport. It is fully equipped for night flying facilities and with student accommodations within a walking distance from the airfield. A hangar for maintaining and housing aircraft is under construction at the airfield and with the added proximity of the ILS and VOR at Bhubaneshwar, Birasal is ideal to support flight training activities.

Team GATI in it's latest avatar is led by Captain Jati Dhillon, who has served the country for 20 years as a commander and aviator of the Indian Navy. He also worked with airlines such as Jet Airways, Oman Air, SpiceJet, and Himalayan, in various capacities ranging from Chief Pilot to Vice President Flight Operations. He has been an examiner on the B737 most of his airline career. Our approach to training is to impart and instill the three pillars of training, central to achieving universal proficiency as a pilot. These pillars are Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude. We also maintain a very healthy student to airplane/ instructor ratio that will ensure your flight training happens uninterrupted and the only obstacle in your path will be the lack of your motivation to fly.      

Our Courses

Commercial Pilot License

The qualifying criterion for this license necessarily involves an elaborate instruction of piloting management by highly qualified and skilled flight instructors with a minimum flight log time of 200 hours to be logged with single engine and/or multi engine aircrafts.

Private Pilot License

The qualification of this license authorizes a pilot to non-commercially fly aircrafts as endorsed on the license. Additionally, PPL licensee can also fly at night with night and instrument ratings. A candidate has to pass the examination conducted by DGCA in ground subjects and have a minimum of 40 flying hours to get this license...

Student Pilot License

Students need to qualify for the DGCA prescribed SPL through a test conducted by the Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) of the institute & DGCA authorized person .

Flight Radio Telephony Licence

This is the mandatory DGCA prescribed qualifying to be taken issued along with the SPL through a qualifying written and oral examination in communicational regulations and procedures

Night Rating

Night Rating entitles the holder of the licence to carry passengers at night. Conditions for the issue of this rating are detailed below :-

Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating is an integral flying instruction program that qualifies the trainee pilot to fly in non visual weather conditions through the facilitation of the various on board guiding instruments.

Patter Flying

This is an advanced course specifically designed for those aspiring to be Flight Instructors. The course necessarily involves specialized training and a requisite number of flying hours.

Ground School, RTR, 25hour...

The students who are keen on clearing their DGCA Papers & RTR before getting headlong into full CPL Training and who are going abroad for their CPL can benefit from doing the ground school from a DGCA approved Institute ( GATI ) .

Hobby flying

Hobby flyer can also earn PPL license by completing minimum 40 hours and passing DGCA exams. The qualification of this license authorizes a pilot to non-commercially fly aircrafts as endorsed on the license.

Mutli Training

GATI provides Multi engine training on Piper Seneca V PA 34 220T Full glass cockpit Aircraft (2007 Make). Students can opt for 15-20 hours of training as a part of their CPL training or for recency Training/checks/ conversions.

BSc Aviation Program

GATI now offers B.Sc. Aviation degree, a 3 years Program, under affiliation with Centurion University of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar for Aviators.

RPAS (Drone) Training

GATI will soon start offering RPAS (Drone) Training, as it has acquired  approval from DGCA. Anyone aspiring to be a  Remote Pilot for RPAS Systems  need to undergo training and acquire certification for operation of RPAS.


Admission Procedure(CPL)

Eligibility: 10+2 with Physics and Maths from a recognized Board/ University or its equivalent examinations. . Non Science students can apply to National Institute of Open Schools ( www.nos.org) to meet the requirements.

Duration: 18-24 months


Medical II (by any DGCA approved Doctor). Visit https://dgca.gov.in/digigov-portal/?page=jsp/dgca/InventoryList/personal/medical/class2/class2.pdf

Registration with GATI by paying registration fee. SPL Classes/Issue of SPL (6 Weeks); Medical I (at any of the 6 approved centers)

Payment of the first instalment and join the upcoming batch.

    1. Ground school instructions: 350 hours, excluding RT classes.
    2. Acquiring SPL and FRTOL
    3. Appearing in DGCA exams and qualifying the following subjects
350 hours Ground Classes for: 200 hours FRTOL (R)
A. Air Regulation PPL RTR (A)
B. Air Navigation IR  
C. Aviation Meteorology CPL  
D. Aircraft Technical    
i. General    
ii. Specific    
  1. Passing RT exam conducted by Ministry of Communications and acquiring RTR(A) Licence.
  2. Successfully completing 200 hours of flying training and IR Rating.
  3. Completion of Medical I (at any of the DGCA approved Centers)

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GATI conducts most of the Flying Training at Birasal Airstrip, Distt. Dhenkanal, Odisha and Bhubaneswar Airport with access to various Airstrips owned by Govt. of Odisha.

GATI has a fleet of Five Aircrafts , One Cessna 152 , One Cessna 172 - P, and One Cessna 172 - R Glass Cockpit , One Cessna 172 -S and  a Piper Seneca V (P.A 34) full Glass Cockpit Multi Engine Aircraft with very advanced Avionics. GATI has an exclusive Institute building with a well equipped library, class rooms and, up-to-date audio visual training aids and other facilities for effective ground training. It is manned by highly qualified flying and Ground Instructors, with long experience in the field of Aviation and Flying Training.

Institute has a well equipped Hangar with complete Technical setup for maintenance of its aircrafts, ably supported by certified and highly experienced team of Engineers.

GATI offers secure, comfortable and hygienic boarding and lodging facilities separately for boys and girls.



Capt. B P S Budhiraja - Chief Flying Instructor(CFI) -A Pilot with passion to excel possess a rich flying experience in both Single and Multi Engine Aircrafts. He is also a Designated Examiner for Multi Engine - (PA 34).

Wg Cdr Prusty- Chief Ground Instructor (CGI) -Wg Cdr B K Prusty Heads of Ground School Training at GATI. He has had a long stint of twenty five years in the IAF involving flying duties, flying training, organization, administration, project evaluation and implementation, having flown more than 8000 hours He was a qualified flying Instructor In IAF and has imparted flying & ground training to abinitio pilots of Airforce for more than 11yrs .


Capt. B P S Budhiraja  Chief Flying Instructor (CFI)
WG. Cdr. B.K Prusty(Retd.) 

Chief Ground Instructor (CGI)

  Aircraft Maintenance Manager

Capt. Saytyajiy Ray

Flying Instructor (FI)
Capt.Kavita Krishna Asst. Flying Instructor (AFI)
Capt.M. Karthikeyan  Asst. Flying Instructor (AFI)


1. What is SPL?

SPL (Student Pilot Licence) is the licence which enables you to fly as a student till you obtain your CPL.

2. What is PPL?

PPL (Private Pilot Licence) is the licence which allows a student to fly a private aircraft without any kind of renumeration.

3. What is CPL?

CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) is the licence after which a student can fly commercially.

4. What programs does GATI offer?

  • PPL
  • CPL
  • Night Rating
  • Instrument Rating
  • Flight Radio Telephony Operator’s License.
  • Patter Flying
  • Multi Training
  • ELP
  • B.SC Aviation
  • Drone Training

5. I have just completed my 10+2 . Can I become commercial pilot?

Yes, you can, provided you have passed 10+2 with Mathematics and Physics.

6. How old do I need to be?

You need to be 16 years to appear for SPL, 17 years to apply for PPL and 18 years to apply for CPL., but you can start training earlier keeping above limits in view..

7. I understand that some medical test is required ?

You are required to undergo a class II medical test by DGCA approved doctors where they would check the suitability for class II medical clearance. Later you need to undergo Medical Class-I test as well.

8. Do I have to pay the course fee in one full payment?

You have option to pay the amount in instalments..

9. Do you arrange bank loans for the candidates?

The banks do give loans as educational/career loans for this program.. We will provide necessary documents for you to apply for loan.

10. How much studying will I have to do?

A whole lot! But it is all interesting and part theory and part practical. Our instructors are on hand to give you individual attention and guide you through.

11. What subjects will I need to learn & qualify?

DGCA ground school program covers the following

  • Air Regulations
  • Air Navigation
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Aircraft Technical General
  • Aircraft Technical Specific
  • RTR(A)

12. Is this course only for males, or can females can also pursue this course?

Both males and females can pursue this course.

13. Is there hostel accommodation available?

Yes, GATI offers off-campus hostel facility for both Boys and Girls, though seats are limited Of course there are 3rd party Hostels/ PG available

14. How to apply for admission ?

See details under “contact us” page.

15. What all documents or particulars candidates are expected to submit at the time of admission?

The Following documents and particulars to be submitted:

  • Attested copies of 10th mark sheet, 10+2 mark sheet
  • Medical class II fitness certificate from DGCA approved doctor
  • Xerox copy of photo-id card (e.g. driving license, passport, PAN or election card, and Adhaar Card ): 5 copies each).
  • Original 10th and 12th class mark sheets.
  • Passport size photos-20 nos.
  • Police Verification.

16. Do you guarantee that I will get CPL?

No. We cannot guarantee that you will pass your course. What we do is to provide you excellent faculty both of ground school and Flying. You will also be regularly informed about the progress you are making and your weaknesses, if any. Your progress will be followed closely thereafter and we will let you know if you are not maintaining our training schedule. We also guarantee that you will be given all resources at our disposable to ensure that you complete your course in time and successfully. Passing of SPL, FRTOL, DGCA exams for papers, RT exam by Ministry of Communications and all flying training checks during flying training will totally depend on your performance and commitment.

17. What career advice can you offer a beginning pilot?

If you plan to fly as a career, you must first acquire the basic pilot Licence and ratings. --. While most people think of flying for the airlines, many others job opportunities do exist in aviation - charter flying, corporate flying, aerial patrols, ambulance services, agricultural flying, and flying training, Defence, Coast Guard , to name a few. If your interest is in personal flying, you can got go for PPL. The bottom line: determine what path you want to follow and set your sights on achieving that goal.

18. Where is GATI campus located?

Near old terminal building, Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar- -751020 , Odisha, India.

19. What type of aircraft GATI has ?

Cessna 152 ,Cessna 172 P, Cessna 172 R , Cessna 172 S and Multi Engine P A 34

20. Is the institute approved ?

Yes it is approved by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Government of India.

21. How long is the CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) program?

DGCA Regulations require 350 hrs of Ground School and 200 hrs of Flying Training and yours paasing all the exams and checks. Depending upon your performance you can complete the program in 18-24 months.

22. How long has the GATI been in business?

GATI started as Orissa Flying Club in 1946 and was renamed as GATI in the year 1974, when it was merged with the General Adminstration Deptt. of the Govt. It is one of the India's oldest flight training schools.

Contact Us

For Enquiries

  • Richa Singh (Manager) for Admission Related Queries Mon - Sat 11:00 am to 7:00 p.m
  • Mobile : +91-9717896693
  • Email : richa@flywithgati.com
  • Moin Uddin (Manager) for Admission Related Queries Mon - Sat 11:00 am to 7:00 p.m
  • Mobile : +91-8826078800
  • Email : moin@flywithgati.com


Near Old Terminal Building, Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar- 751020 (Odisha) 

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