Thursday, June 01, 2017

Indian pilots oppose DGCA proposal to increase notice period to a year

New Delhi: Commercial pilots have expressed "grave concerns" over the Directorate General of Civil Aviation's (DGCA) proposed move to double the notice period of commanders to a year under pressure from big Indian airlines.
The Federation of Indian Pilots, an umbrella organisation for like-minded pilots across airlines here, has told DGCA deputy chief Lalit Gupta that even the present six-month notice period for pilots is "incorrect as it does not follow worldwide standards which are a maximum of three months."
In a letter to Gupta, federation president Captain S Mehta wrote that airlines in India like Kingfisher have often faced financial stress leading to their shutting down or merging with others. "This causes them to default on salaries. In such situations, a pilot will quite obviously want to leave the airline. The new draft civil aviation requirement (CAR) virtually binds the pilot to an airline," the letter says.
01/06/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India