The Directorate of Aviation was created in the Year 1962. The aim and objective of this Directorate is mainly to undertake flights of VIPs and high dignitaries in state planes for emergent public works like aerial survey of natural calamities, review of various developmental works, supervision of flood & drought relief works and law & order in different districts of the state.
1. As there is no State Government aircraft for the above purpose, private aircraft / helicopters are being used on hiring basis for urgent and emergent Government works.
2. A flying institute namely Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI), Bhubaneswar has been functioning under the Directorate of Aviation for imparting flying training to its students to make their career as Commercial Pilots. At present the said Institute is being operated on PPP basis. Four trainer aircrafts i.e. Cessna FA-152 VT-ENF, Cessna- 152 VT-EUW, Cessna-172 VT-AAY and Cessna-172R VT-TED are being maintained by the Institute for such training. A total number of 241 pilot students have registered for flying training in the Institute till date, out of which 5 student pilots have cleared P.P.L. (Private Pilot Licence) and 13 student pilots have cleared C.P.L. (Commercial Pilot Licence). After revival of GATI under PPP mode, two state Government aircrafts and two Private Partner’s Aircraft have flown 5322.20 Hours and 3556.15 Hours respectively upto December, 2014.
3. The State of Orissa has 19 airstrips spread over different districts excluding Biju Pattnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar. Out of these airstrips, 12 are owned by the State Government. Efforts are being made for development of these airstrips. Construction of boundary wall around the airstrips are likely to completed by 2014-15 except Gotma airstrip at Nuapada to protect from encroachment and intrusion. A sum of ` 7000 lakhs has been allotted under State Plan during the year 2014-15 for development of airstrips and expansion of the runways in the state. It has been decided to construct a new airstrip at Malkangiri, which is a remote district in KBK area. Acquisition of private land and alienation of Govt. land required for this purpose is at final stage and ` 255.21 lakh has been spent towards land acquisition. Steps are being taken to upgrade Jeypore airstrip in Koraput District into a full fledged airport.
4. Jharsuguda Airport under the control of Airports Authority of India (AAI) is being developed to make it ready for commercial flights. Required private land and Government land (except forest land) has been handed over to AAI. Preliminary survey for construction work is being taken by Airports Authority of India. State Government have decided to provide ` 70.00 crores towards financial assistance for such project.
Odisha Government signs MoU with Airport Authority of India for development of Jharsuguda Airport in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The MoU was signed by AAI Vice Chairman Alok Sinha and PrincipalSecretary G.A. Department Shri Nitin Chandra at the State Secretariat in the presence of Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik. 20145. Airports Authority of India has developed the existing terminal building for operation of international flights from Bhubaneswar and State Government has provided different services at the airport for such operation. Besides State Government has requested Government of India for operation of international flights at an early date.