Saturday, October 20, 2018

Capt suspended for giving techie co-pilot’s seat

New Delhi: The aviation regulator has suspended the flying licence of a senior commander for allowing a non-pilot to take the co-pilot’s seat during a long domestic flight on a private luxury aircraft.
The commander reportedly asked the co-pilot, who was supposed to fly with him, to get up from the seat and let an aircraft maintenance engineer be there without even disengaging the controls on that side.
According to a Directorate General of Civil Aviation official, this violation happened last month on a Beechcraft 350 belonging to Bharat Hotel.
“The captain, a senior commander and examiner on Beechcraft 350, flew the aircraft from Delhi to Ranchi on September 30. He permitted the AME on co-pilot seat, who did not have any pilot licence. The controls on co-pilot side were not even deactivated... Based on preliminary information, licence of the captain has been suspended,” he said.
20/10/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India