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Indian-Origin Child Prodigy : 14 Year Old Becomes the Youngest Pilot to Fly a Single-engine Plane

The 14 year old child prodigy received a certificate for his first solo flight from an aviation academy in Canada last week

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Sharjah, September 8, 2017 : An Indian-origin teenager based in Sharjah has become a part of the list of the youngest pilot to fly a single-engine aircraft, a media report said.

Mansour Anis, a 14-year-old Grade 9 student at Delhi Private School in Sharjah, received a certificate for his first solo flight from an aviation academy in Canada last week, Gulf News reported on Wednesday.

“Let it be known throughout the aviation world that Mansour Anis at the age of 14 years successfully took off and landed from Langley Regional Airport thereby accomplishing his first solo flight,” the solo flight certificate issued by AAA Aviation Flight Academy on August 30 stated.

Back in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after his achievement, Anis claimed that he had also set a record of being the youngest pilot to fly solo with the least number of training hours, the newspaper reported.

“He broke the previous record of a 15-year-old German pilot and a 14-year-old US pilot who took 34 hours of training. Mansour flew solo just after 25 hours of training,” Anis’ father Ali Asgar told Gulf News on Wednesday.

Anis, who flew a Cessna 152 aircraft during his solo flight, now has a student pilot permit. Apart from the flying test, he also passed a radio communication test and scored 96 per cent in the PSTAR Test, an eligibility test for Transport Canada.

His solo flight was about 10 minutes long, during which he taxied the aircraft from the parking bay to the runway, took off for a flight of about five minutes and landed back. (IANS)

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Indian-origin Man was found Guilty of bribing Mexican Officials to secure Contracts

Kamta Ramnarine had conspired to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act that makes bribing foreign officials a crime prosecutable in the US

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Indian origin Kamta Ramnarine has been charged in a bribery case in USA
Indian origin Kamta Ramnarine has been charged in a bribery case in USA Representational image. Pixabay

New York, December 29, 2016: An Indian-origin man was found guilty of bribing Mexican officials to secure contracts, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell has said.

Kamta Ramnarine, 69, the co-owner of an aircraft maintenance company was found guilty in the $2 million-bribery case involving the Mexican officials, Caldwell said on Tuesday.

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The conviction of Ramnarine of Brownsville, Texas, followed his admission before Federal Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa in McAllen, Texas, that he had conspired to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act that makes bribing foreign officials a crime prosecutable in the US.

He and three others, who either co-owned or were associated with the aircraft maintenance companies and two Mexican state government officials were all found guilty in the $2 million-bribery scheme, officials said.

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“The six convictions announced today demonstrate the (Justice) department’s commitment to holding accountable those who further official corruption through bribery,” Caldwell said.

“The individuals involved in this scheme paid millions of dollars in bribes to foreign officials in exchange for aviation contracts that placed legitimate businesses at a significant competitive disadvantage,” said Rick Goss, the Special Agent in charge of Internal Revenue Service criminal investigations.

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Prosecutors said that Ramnarine admitted to bribing and conspiring to bribe several foreign official to ensure that his Brownsville-based company won aircraft parts and services contracts with Mexican government-owned customers and a public university. (IANS)

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Son of Nigerian Immigrant Anthony Oshinuga Fulfills his childhood Dream of Flying Aircraft

Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013 and he first entered national flying competitions in 2014

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Anthony Oshinuga living his dreams!
  • Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013
  • He runs a small tour company called Air Oshinuga, he flies over the wine country of Temecula in his second aircraft, a 1940s-era Cessna buffed
  • In 2015, he flew as a rookie in the Reno National Championship Air Race in Nevada, placing second in the biplane category

TEMECULA, CALIF, SEPT 06, 2016:  Son of a Nigerian immigrant fulfills his desires to fly. Anthony Oshinuga arrives early most of the days at a California airport to check his vintage Cessna aircraft, ready to shuttle passengers over Temecula Valley, the booming wine country north of San Diego. He has been fulfilling his childhood dreams! Later he would  fly loops and rolls in his Pitts Special, an aerobatic aircraft.

Oshinuga was born in 1981. His parents belonged to Lagos, Nigeria, and they later moved on to Austin, Texas in the previous year. His dreams for aviation began when he was 5 years old. “I was taken by what was going on,” he recalls. “I told my father, that’s exactly what I want to do.”

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He runs a small tour company called Air Oshinuga, he flies over the wine country of Temecula in his second aircraft, a 1940s-era Cessna buffed and polished so it looks brand new. He has partnership with two of the many wineries in this valley, the largest wine-producing region in southern California.

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“We provide clients with 30-minute aerial scenic flights over Temecula, and then we land and they go down there and do wine tasting,” he explained.

Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013. He first entered national flying competitions in 2014.

“That’s when I went to the US National Aerobatic Championships (in Denison, Texas), and placed fourth out of 25 competitors,” he recalls. “Since then, things have been really blossoming in the arena of aerobatics and air shows and air racing.”

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In 2015, he flew as a rookie in the Reno National Championship Air Race in Nevada, placing second in the biplane category.

Oshinuga pursued Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. He says that Engineering pays his bills but Aviation is what is his heart calls for!

– prepared by Manthra Koliyer with inputs from VOA

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Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approves signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Fiji

The Agreement is for updating of the existing Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the two countries which was signed on 28th January 1974

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PM Narendra Modi with PM of Fiji Frank Bainimarama. newsroompost.com

NEW DELHI, August 24, 2016: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of new Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Fiji.

The Agreement is for updating of the existing Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the two countries which was signed on 28th January 1974. The update is as per latest ICAO template keeping in view the latest developments in the civil aviation sector and with an objective to improve the air connectivity between the two countries.

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A draft text of Air Service Agreement has been finalized in consultation with Ministry of Law & Justice (Department of Legal Affairs), Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Revenue), Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Commerce and Ministry of Tourism.

The essential features of the Air Services Agreement are as follows:

i. Both countries shall be entitled to designate one or more airline.

ii. The designated airlines of either country shall have the right to establish offices in the territory of the other country for the promotion and sale of air services.

iii. The designated airlines of the two countries shall have fair and equal opportunity to operate the agreed services on specified routes. The routes and frequencies shall be decided subsequently.

iv. The designated airline will be free to decide tariffs in respect of the agreed services at reasonable levels based on the commercial considerations.

v. The designated Airline of each party can enter into cooperative marketing arrangements with the designated carriers of the same party and another party.

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vi. Apart from the above, the ASA also has the provisions relating to Revocation or Suspension of Operating Authorization, Principles governing operations of agreed services, commercial opportunities, safety related clause etc. that were incorporated in the line of Indian model ASA.

vii. The existing Route Schedule annex to the ASA has also been revised and new points of call have been added for enhanced connectivity. Now Indian carriers can operate to any points in Fiji from points in India whereas the carriers of Fiji can establish a direct operation to Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai in India and by code share with Indian carriers to Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad apart from points given for direct operation. Besides this, Kochi, Varanasi, Ahmedabad and Amritsar may be served through domestic code-share operations.

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