Tuesday, March 15, 2011

DGCA orders review of 4,000 pilot licences

The back-to-back arrests of an IndiGo and an Air India pilot for forging mark sheets to become eligible for ones career has prompted Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to order review of 4,000 licences, specially those people issued inside past one year.

Air India’s JK Verma was arrested by Delhi Police on Saturday for allegedly with a forged mark sheet to procure the mandatory airline transport pilot’s licence, while Parminder Kaur Gulati, 38, of IndiGo Airlines was suspended following a hard landing and arrested on March 8 in your similar offence.

“We have received complaints against a couple of more pilots — Meenakshi Sehgal of IndiGo and Swaran Singh Talwar of MDLR [both are absconding],” commissioner of police (crime branch) Ashok Chand said on Monday.

“Gulati’s landing procedure had some deficiencies. As soon as I took a contemplate her record, it was a shock that she had obtained her licence on the basis of mark sheets which were not authenticated,” director general of civil aviation EK Bharat Bhushan said.

“Suspecting the same in some other records, DGCA undertook a detailed investigation. So far, there were four cases and a couple of were apprehended,” he said.

The problem has arrive up even as the government searches in your replacement for Bhushan.

Not willing to eat chances, specially mainly because DGCA issues all pilot licences and is in-charge of regulatory issues pertaining to aviation safety, efficiency, and continuity of air transport, such as formulation of air law framework, the government released an advertisement last week generating it mandatory for all aspirants to submit “integrity certificates” and statements of minor or major penalties imposed on them inside preceding decade.

All applications must be submitted within 45 days with the release with the ad.

Apart from integrity certificates, the stress this time is on recruiting a professional. During the past, mostly bureaucrats have headed this crucial office. As per the advertisement, an applicant must have about 12 years experience in aviation, flying, aircraft, engineering or airworthiness.

Of these, minimum five years must were spent in administration and finance disciplines at senior management levels. Possibly, a lesson inside recent chief vigilance commissioner episode that caused the government major embarrassment?
Source: DNA India

10 comments:

  1. That's shocking news, it just goes to show how standards have slipped!

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  2. Uhm, I am really shocked. Really crazy timed, and as the person above me wrote: standards have slipped... crazy!

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  3. It was quite shocking to hear that Air India’s JK Verma was arrested by Delhi Police on Saturday for allegedly with a forged mark sheet to procure the mandatory airline transport pilot’s licence, where on the other hand Parminder Kaur Gulati, 38, of IndiGo Airlines was suspended following a hard landing and arrested on March 8.

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  4. This was a breaking news a few days back. Many of the pilots have been arrested for showing forged certificates and have been suspended now. It was a very shocking news.

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  5. The continuous arrests of an IndiGo and an Air India pilot for copying mark sheets to become qualified for the job has prompted Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to order review of 4,000 licences, particularly those issued in the past one year. This is quite surprising.

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  6. It was quite shocking to hear about Air India’s JK Verma. I hope everything would be recovered very soon.

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  7. I was watching India win the Cricket World Cup on the tv and thought: "Wouldn't it be nice to visit the sub-continent."

    This post made me think twice. However, the local people seemed so friendly and happy. I think a visit would still be nice - but, we'll pick our airline with care!

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  8. It's very bad and shocking news. What a drama Air India’s JK Verma was arrested by Delhi police. How to stop corruption and fraud cases.

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  9. Perhaps there is an important lesson to be learnt here by industry professionals. JK Verma will lead this argument by example.

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  10. thnaks for sharing this article, I was shocked when I read about this scandal

    best regards from Germany

    Jochen

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