Friday, September 22, 2006

Carriers now need not have Indian pilot in cockpit

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New Delhi: In a bid to tide over the pilot shortage issue in the market, India has decided to scrap the norm that mandated domestic airlines to have at least one Indian pilot inside an aircraft cockpit. Effectively, domestic airlines can now have only expat pilots steering an aircraft in the domestic skies.
However, airlines have been permitted to avail of this facility only as a stop-gap arrangement till such time as their trainee Indian pilots are awaiting certification and authorisation from the DGCA, sources said.
"In all such cases where both captain and co-pilot are expats, airlines must have an Indian trainee pilot in cockpit for supernumary training. As and when this Indian trainee pilot completes his training, the expats can be phased out," a government source said.
22/09/06 Times of India
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