Friday, December 14, 2018

Air India pilot body asks members not to accept last minute duties

Air India's narrow body aircraft pilots' body has decided to resort to "work-to-rule" and not accept last minute duties as part of its "flight safety week" and also protest the delay in payment of flying allowance. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), which claims representing over 700 pilots in the government-run airline, Wednesday issued directives to its members on a range of issues.

"No last minute pullouts for flights is to be accepted. A minimum of 12 hours or more as applicable to be followed for pullouts from the time of communication for change," the ICPA said in the directives to its members. Earlier, the ICPA had written a letter to AI chairman and managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola, saying the airline was delaying payment of flying allowance which constitutes 80 per cent of their total monthly salary.

In view of this, the ICPA said it will observe "Flight Safety Week" in the interest of safety of crew and passengers. The association has also asked its members not to give consent for any exemption in their DGCA-mandated duty hours and rest period norms and also not to perform visual approaches.

"Pilots are advised to report sick if they are fatigued or stressed and follow laid down sick report and fit report procedure," it said in the directives. Members should "strictly" follow stabilised approaches, it said, adding pilot defect report (PDR or flight report book) will be signed only after all cargo doors are closed and ensuring proper closure of doors by personally carrying out external walk around.
13/12/18 PTI/ZeeBiz
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