Thursday, August 17, 2017

Senior Pilots to Serve One-Year Notice Period, Says DGCA

Senior pilots will now have to serve a 12-month notice period before joining another airline, with aviation regulator DGCA coming out with new rules notwithstanding opposition from the pilots' community.

Currently, both senior and junior pilots are required to serve a six-month notice period.
Currently, both senior and junior pilots are required to serve a six-month notice period.
Pilots’ Union Object Decision
The notice period, however, may be reduced if the air transport undertaking provides a no-objection certificate to a pilot and accepts his resignation earlier than the period stipulated in the amended rules, as per the amended Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR).
Provision of this CAR would be subject to the outcome of writ petition pending before the Delhi High Court, the regulator said.
Sometime back, a petition was filed against the DGCA proposal to increase the notice period for pilots and it is pending before the court.
“During the notice period, neither the pilot shall refuse to undertake the flight duties assigned to him nor shall the employer deprive the pilot of his legitimate rights and privileges with respect to the assignment of his duties,” the watchdog said.
Jet Airways’ pilots’ union said it remains opposed to increasing the notice period.
We seriously object to this new rule. We were opposed to it and we remain opposed to it. We will strongly protest this move along with all pilots from all airlines.
 National Aviators Guild (NAG) President D Balaraman
NAG claims to have more than 1,000 Jet Airways pilots as its members.
While alleging that the DGCA is favouring private airlines, Balaraman said pilots would go on a mass protest.
Two pilots' unions at Air India – ICPA and IPG – did not offer any comment on the DGCA decision.
ICPA (Indian Commercial Pilots Association), a recognised union, has around 600 members, while IPG (Indian Pilots Guild) – which is derecognised – has about 900 members.
17/08/17 PTI/Quint