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Bradford Aviation: Analyzing and disseminating operating efficiencies ofaviation industry -the business of airports, airlines,service providers − large and small, from all over the world to accomplish their goals; A win-win opportunity for all involved.

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Bradford Aviation: Analyzing and disseminating operating efficiencies ofaviation industry -the business of airports, airlines,service providers − large and small, from all over the world to accomplish their goals; A win-win opportunity for all involved.

To be the nurturing land of ‘first predilection’ by converting lives that will amend the world for the betterment, at whatever level of human endeavor they are involved”-Sudhimon K, Founder, Bradford Aviation

Yesteryears have already caught the glimpse of Aviation Industry growing almost twice in size. With the positivity in passengers’ numbers, the growth has ushered a chief challenge in the fast-evolving global technological scenario- a great demand for technical professionals and a large human resource to make sure that there are enough aviation experts i.e. ground personnel’s, cockpit crew, cabin crew, air traffic controllers, engineers and aircraft maintenance specialists to shore the industry demands. This elevated demand can be attributed to the tremendous growth of the aviation sector and growing competition with other industry sectors for skilled employees, conventional learning methodologies and lack of harmonization of competencies in some aviation disciplines and accessibility to affordable training. The Indian aviation industry is the third largest aviation market harvests highly lucrative careers and thus is a major attraction amongst the youth of India.

With a cumulative expertise of over 100 years, Bradford Aviation. has initiated to cater the growing demands prevalent and set forth to multiply on an immediate basis. The team behind Bradford has extensive expertise working for and setting newtrends in the operation and management of Airport & Airline Services across the globe.

To remove the bottlenecks and to address the forecast shortage of aviation professionals, Bradford Aviation commissioned its voyage in the aviation training in 2014 from Yelahanka, Bengaluru. Bradford Aviation Academy – the aviation enthusiasts, imparts professional training to aspirants from different parts of the country, with its continuous operation since then, Bradford Aviation as a platform has assisted the aviation community as a whole, in educating and retaining the next generation of aviation professionals.

Bradford Product Portfolio

As Air travel continues to increase in a global scale, airports all over are seeking innovative ideas to enhance passenger experience and streamline airport operation.

We maybe just three years old but Bradford as a gateway to the world of aviation has already made a big impression by our offerings which include

Aviation Consultingand Research

         Common User Self Service promotion

         Runway occupancy Time monitoring

         Airport SQ Surveys

         ASQ Audit support

         Fog contingency Plan

Staffing Solutions

         Greenfield Airports

         Airlines

         Ground Handling Agencies

Aviation Training

         Greenfield Airport Operations

         Brownfield Airport Operations

         Intl. Airhostess Training

         Internship with industry pioneers

         Degreewith Aviation – with partnered colleges

Regulatory and recurrent training

         Advanced airport operations

         Pilot /crew regulatory training

         CRM training – flight crews

         SMS training – flight crews, and ground staffs

         Human factors training – engineers and ground staffs

         DGR – awareness

Allied Training

         Communication and Personality Development

         IELTS, TOEFL, and ELP

         Soft Skills

         Career counselling 

Meeting the industry’s projected needs Today

“Big enough to give access to great academic resources, but small enough to give its aspirants individual attention”

Aviation Industry has become a significant economic engine facilitating an integrated multi-modal flow of people, goods, information, and capital. Airports are no longer just a place to embark and disembark people or load and unload cargo.

“The world is focused on Indian aviation – from manufacturers, tourism boards, airlines and global businesses to individual travelers, shippers, and businessmen. If we can find common purpose among all stakeholders in Indian aviation, a bright future is at hand” said Mr. Tony Tyler, former Director General, and CEO, International Air Transport Association (IATA).

His words well explain the growth and opportunities in Indian aviation. Bradford Aviation Academy is a specialized team which aims in elevating the overall quality and efficiency of airports through the development of comprehensive training solutions. Bradford Aviation Academy organizes customized development programs aimed at improving the overall competency and efficiency of employees in the aviation industry. The knowledge and skills imparted in the Academy’s courses are based on lessons learned and best practices from around the world. Instructors include people who have first-hand experience in airport /airline operations. Bradford has the thorough-bred professionals who have in-depth knowledge of the Aviation Domain. Which has helped in attracting, educating and retaining the next generation of aviation professionals This also is a major factor for our future Alumni to benefit from.

A World Business Partner with Airports Council International (ACI), Bradford is one of the few academy in India providing training in Greenfield Airport operations – the latest model airports worldwide. The institute stands to offer a coordinated Internship programfor all its operational courses.apart from the fact that placements and affiliated certifications are of the highest order.

Regulatory requirements like DGR, SMS, CRM, Monsoon training for crew and ground personals are taken care at Bradford apart from cabin crew courses at its state of the art simulated classrooms. Bradford Aviation Academy conducts graduation  courses with Aviation specialization in association with a few of the renowned management institutions affiliated to Bengaluru University. 

The blue diamond among the spectrum; How Bradford Aviation Academy is different?

Bradford has created excellent technical infrastructure for the Aviation training. The organization has developed a niche of excellence in aviation education and provided human resource solutions to commercial aviation in India and abroad by placing students in different positions. India is on the verge of becoming largest aviation market in the world by 2030, calling out for thousands of new aircrafts including helicopters which will, in turn, double the required extensive human resource. With this, Bradford is bracing itself to produce high quality and skilled aviation professionals. Outlined below are the core competencies which makes Bradford Aviation stand ahead of the crowd.

•First Greenfield airport operations training centerby aviation professionals.

•Trainers from major airlines and airports, across the globe

• Pragmatic Curriculum

• Digital classrooms

• A single window with multiple certifications

• Affiliated to & attested by renowned International bodies.

•Certified Internships & Job Placements across Aviation Industry 

The team: Experience marks the difference

Bradford team brings along close to 100 years of cumulative experience in aviation with them to be imparted. Bradford Aviation Academy is India’s premier fully integrated Aviation training provider, started with an aim to change the face of the Indian Aviation, working relentlessly in setting high standards of aviation training and services in India. Below are the founder pillars of the academy:

Sudhimon K

Sudhimon is a seasoned entrepreneur and the founder of Bradford Aviation Academy who has deployed over 13 years of his professional voyage across Airport, airlines and Ground Handling agencies.

Chandran Mavila

Chanran holds over two decades of experience in various fields of aviation at metro and nonmetro airports.

Vinod Nair

Vinod has served 17 years in airlines and hospitality.

Bejoy K

Head of Operations, Bejoy is a known name in the aviation industry having an experience of over 17 years across airlines, ground handling agencies and more.

Mrs. Liji G

Liji G is the Administrative Head and has served the hospitality sector for 12 years.

Seba John

Seba John is an Airline Professional, with over 9 years of handson experience in Flight Operations & Lead Crew Management

Jidhu J

Jidhu is the Business Development Manager possessing an experience of over 10 years in airlines and hospitality.

Ajeesh J

Ajeesh is the Senior Operations Manager with over 9 years in airlines and operations.

Awards & Milestones of the Aviation Academy our latest offering

2014 – December 2014 marks the inception of Bradford Aviation Academy

2015– Tied up with our 1st management institute under Bangalore University offering specialized courses

2016 – 100 students placed within 2 years of operations

2016 – Began International Air hostess training

2016 – Began regulatory training for operating crew

2017 – Awarded the best aviation academy in India byThe Asia Education Leadership Awards  – 2017 for “excellence in academics and placements”

2017 – 2nd office set up in Mysore

The knowledge of the students and exposure received at the academy is often praised by employers.

The CEO Magazine’s Editor, Pooja Kundoo interviews Mr. Sudhimon K, as the founder unveils a host of issues mutual to Bradford.

Why Bradford came into existence?

I entered the Indian aviation sector in 2002. My professional voyage initiated from Bangalore and throughout my journey out there, I witnessed the bottlenecks in the aviation training methodologies; there was not a single stop for relevant and quality aviation training in India. I have also spent a lot of time as a Base Manager. I did interview a lot of people and experienced that the relevancy and quality were missing. The Indian air transport sector is among the most vibrant and fastest growing in the world. The sector has opened up the gateway of opportunities for ambitious youngsters in India. Therefore, a tailor-made training module formulated by handpicked aviation passionate personnel arises as a need of the hour. I thought of what we can do to serve the Indian aviation industry. My quest for an arena where a customized and relevant curriculum can be offered with practical knowledge as well landed me on the ground to corporate Bradford. The next step came out to handpick aviation enthusiastic people to infuse their rich dexterity and to bring together a cumulative expertise of 100+ years in the aviation training segment under the umbrella of Bradford.

Were there any initial challenges setting up the training facility?

Well, to create a niche for ourselves in the aviation segment was a major challenge. But our expertise and quality led us ahead of the competition and we successfully establish ourselves in the domain. We are an academy embedded with aviation professionals to create future airport personnel. We did a deep dive research and with the helping hand of several international Aviation councils and bodies, we deployed a customized curriculum matching the industry standards. Today our internship programs are offered at leading aviation corporations and Bangalore Airport.

What do you hope to accomplish in the coming years?

Currently, we are enjoying our presence in Bangalore and Mysore. Our next take off will be in Imphal and then Dubai by the upcoming year. We are in the process of meeting up few investors who are eyeing to invest in the Indian Aviation sector. Our dream project is to start a regional airline to connect tier II and tier III cities. The government itself has invested approx. 17500 Cr. Into these segments to concentrate more on the development and revival of underserved airports and hence, we want to contribute in this with our dream project. We have also lined up to apply for NOC from DGCA soon. Moreover, I want to know what it feels like flying on my own flight!

Starting from a salaried man to set up an organization an entrepreneur…What was your journey like to get where you are?

My journey has been quite astounding. I never wanted to align my career with my family’s as I come from a family of teachers.After my graduation from Kerala, I completed by post-graduation from Bangalore. the sky always attracted me. And I took off immediately!!

Your role model and inspiration?

Well, speaking of motivation, I always motivate myself. My organization, my work is my passion and it keeps me motivated to do more and more. Personally, I admire Mr. Hari Marar, President and Executive Director of Bangalore International Airport (BIAL). He is the person I look upon as a role model.

What does Sudhimon like to do most when he is not the entrepreneur?

I love to travel and keep myself surrounded by books and good quotes!!

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