Wednesday, August 09, 2017

I still fly to retain my licence: Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy

New Delhi: Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, a trained pilot, says he occasionally takes to the cockpit of airplanes to retain his flying licence. Rudy, prior to becoming a minister in the Narendra Modi government, was hired as a co-pilot by Delhi-based private carrier IndiGo Airlines on a honorary basis, and has on a few occasions co-piloted and even landed planes. Asked if he was still flying despite being a serving minister, Rudy, a trained pilot on the Airbus A 320 aircraft, said people fail to understand the aspect that flying was not like a degree, and the licence needs to be kept valid by logging in a certain number of flying hours.
“I just make an effort for keeping my licence alive, I do fly occasionally for my endorsements and my licence. I wear a uniform and do fly, so it should not come as a surprise to you,” Rudy, the Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister, said while addressing the media here. “I fly to retain my licence because being a minister does not enable me to retain my licence,” he explained.
09/08/17 PTI/Financial Express