Thursday, August 10, 2017

Nearly 99% respondents oppose 1-year notice period for pilots

New Delhi: Nearly 99 per cent of respondents have opposed the DGCA’s proposal to extend the notice period for senior pilots or commanders to one year from the current six months, a senior government official said.
Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had put up the proposal for stakeholders’ consultation in May and it received 281 comments.
Nearly 278 or 98.93 per cent of the responses are strongly against the proposal, the official said on the condition of anonymity.
While a final decision is yet to be taken, the feedback may not be a reason for a reconsideration, he said.
The DGCA had in May had proposed to make it mandatory for commanders to serve a one-year notice period and for first officers (or co-pilots) to serve for six months after tendering their resignation.
At present, both category of pilots are required to serve a notice period of six months.
10/08/17 PTI/