Wednesday, November 23, 2016

137 commercial pilots grounded for violations: Govt

Aviation regulator DGCA has grounded 137 commercial pilots from across airlines this year for their involvement in various accidents/incidents and safety violations, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
However, in Air India Express, which is the international budget arm of state-run Air India, only one pilot was grounded in the past one year, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
The minister also said that the total number of pilots who may be grounded/suspended due to these reasons at point of time is catered for.
Replying to another question, Sinha said that Air India has sufficient number of pilots to carry out its operations.
A total of 409 safety violations by the flight crew of scheduled operators, non-scheduled operators and general aviation have been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the last three years and till October this year, Sinha said.
The violations include failing in alcohol test, operating flights beyond validity of pilots proficiency check, allowing unauthorized entry in the cockpit and flight duty time limitation (FDTL)
22/11/16 PTI/The Times Of India
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