Thursday, August 01, 2019

6 senior ex-Jet pilots caught cheating during test, grounded

Mumbai: Six former Jet Airways senior pilots appearing for written exams that would permit these Boeing 737 pilots to fly A320 aircraft for IndiGo were caught cheating on camera by a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) invigilator. On Wednesday, the regulator debarred these pilots for a period of six months, after which they will need to reappear for these exams.
The exams were conducted in-house by IndiGo on July 22 in the presence of a DGCA invigilator. “Six pilots were Jet Airways examiners on Boeing 737 aircraft. They openly consulted each other for answers to the multi-choice questions. They were very casual about the written exams,” said a source. Though the six pilots are highly experienced on Boeing 737, the questions pertained to the A320, the aircraft they would eventually fly for IndiGo. The minimum marks needed to clear this exam are 70%. “Even as the pilots enquired around hunting for answers, the invigilator recorded the happenings,” said a source.
DGCA chief Arun Kumar confirmed the six pilots have been debarred from appearing for exams for six months.
After Jet Airways suspended its flight operations in April, the six pilots had joined IndiGo. However, since IndiGo does not operate Boeing 737 aircraft, the pilots had to undergo what’s called “type-rating.” It’s a certification given by the regulator to pilots to fly a certain aircraft type -- the A320 in this case -- after the pilots have completed additional training and cleared the exams.
01/08/19 Manu V/Times of India
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