Wednesday, December 06, 2017

HC notice to Centre on plea to regulate duty timings of pilots

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought the response of the Centre and the aviation regulator DGCA on a plea alleging deliberate and callous variations in the Flight Duty Time Limitations (FDTL) of pilots resulting in fatigue.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Centre and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and posted the matter for further hearing on March 20 next year.
"This is very dangerous. These are matters where you (the Centre and the DGCA) need to take steps," the bench said and asked the aviation regulator to place before it the flight timings and duty timings of pilots.
It also sought to know from the DGCA whether there is any law which allows pilots to fly more than eight hours.
The petitioner, Kerala resident Yeshwanth Shenoy, said that though India had in July 2007 prepared a draft FDTL, it never saw the light of the day as the airline operators opposed it on grounds of commercial loss.
06/12/17 PTI/Times of India