Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DGCA backtracks on proposal to punish sick pilots

India's civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is back-tracking on its own words and proposal, a week after the pilot union body slammed the regulator's draft proposal of punishing sick pilots. Sources in the DGCA office claim that the proposal may never see the light of the day.
A senior DGCA official told the Hindustan Times that the draft proposal will not become a rule. "It was meant to be a stern warning, but I think it wasn't conveyed properly."
In its draft proposal (as notified on the DGCA website), the aviation regulator had announced a proposal on November 7, that pilots coming late for flights as well as reporting sick just before a scheduled flight are likely to face tough consequences. This means in extreme cases, the harsh action may result in cancellation of the pilot's license or the pilot being temporarily grounded.
28/11/16 Kalyani Pandey/International Business Times
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