View from flyover
|Owner||Government of Karnataka|
|Location||Jakkur, Bangalore, Karnataka, India|
|Elevation AMSL||3,010 ft / 917 m|
Source: Great Circle Mapper
Jakkur Aerodrome (ICAO: VOJK) is an airport located in Jakkur, a suburb of Bangalore, Karnataka, India. It is the only dedicated general aviation field in Bangalore. The airfield is the site of the Government Flying Training School (GFTS), the only flying school in the state.
The aerodrome is spread over 214 acres (87 ha). The premises include facilities for flight training, area leased to private parties for hangars and maintenance activities and other common facilities (airstrip, fuel station etc.).
The Maharaja of Mysore acquired over 200 acres (81 ha) of land to build Jakkur Aerodrome, which opened in 1948. The airfield was then transferred to the Government of Karnataka on the condition that the latter would only build a flying school at Jakkur. The Government Flying Training School (GFTS) was established on 26 March 1949. It operated smoothly until 1997, when it faced a shortage of aircraft, fuel, maintenance engineers and flying instructors. The school has operated sporadically since then.
In January 2014, a flyover was completed over NH 44 to improve connectivity between the city centre and the international airport. The flyover, over 12 metres (39 ft) high and constructed immediately west of the runway at Jakkur, presents an obstruction to aircraft landing at the aerodrome. Although the western half of the runway had already been closed off to accommodate, the government closed Jakkur Aerodrome on 8 June. The GFTS was forced to relocate, with 18 students still undergoing training. The school continued students' training at the airports in Hubli and Mysore. However, by October 2014 the school had resumed operations. The western portion of the runway remains closed, but a 170 metres (560 ft) extension is planned.
Jakkur Aerodrome has a single runway, oriented 08/26 with dimensions 900 by 20 metres (2,953 ft × 66 ft). However, the runway threshold on the 08 side has been displaced to the east because of the obstructing flyover on the western side of the airfield. A taxiway runs parallel to the runway on its north side.
Government Flying Training School
The Government of Karnataka has been operating a flying school at Jakkur Aerodrome since 1949. The Government Flying Training School (GFTS) houses aircraft maintenance facilities, an aircraft and storage hangar, a library and other facilities. It has a fleet of two Cessna 152s and two Cessna 172s. The school also operates air traffic control at the airfield.
Jakkur serves as a base for several private aviation companies, including Confident Airlines, Jupiter Aviation Services, Agni Aviation and Bangalore Aerosports, which have popularised microlight flying from the airfield.
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