Fake pilot scam: Govt. directs DGCA to probe all pilot licenses

March 15th, 2011 - 9:23 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 15 (ANI): Expressing concern over instances of use of fake documents to get pilot’s licences, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday said an instruction has been issued to the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) to examine all the licences issued in the past and to establish a procedure for more detailed verification while issuing such licences.

“I have directed the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) to examine all the licences issued in the past and to establish a procedure for more detailed verification while issuing such licences,” said Ravi in the Rajya Sabha today.

“I propose to set up an expert committee in the Ministry to examine the current examination system, need for introduction of e-technology, new procedures and process and effective system of cross-verification of documents filed by candidates for various licenses in DGCA,” he added.

The DGCA has till date issued around 4,500 Airline Transport Pilot Licences (ATPLs).

The DGCA, which examined the Airline Transport Pilot Licences issued during the past one year, detected that Capt Swaran Singh Talwar (MDLR Airlines), Capt Meenakshi Singhal (IndiGo) and Capt J K Verma (Air India) submitted forged result cards with DGCA to obtain ATPLs.

“FIRs have been lodged in all these cases,” the Minister said.

The cases of forged documents came to light when Capt Parminder Kaur Gulati of IndiGo airline landed an aircraft on its nose-wheel, instead of the rear wheels.

It was found out during the inquiry into the incident that there had been other instances in the past of her ‘exhibiting similar deficiencies in landing techniques’.

“Later it was found that Gulati had not passed the pilot examination and fraudulently obtained the licence. Subsequently, the case was handed over to the police,” said Ravi.

Vayalar Ravi further said the DGCA conducts written tests for pilot licences eight times throughout the year and a candidate is required to pass all the papers, besides acquiring the minimum necessary flying hours, to obtain a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) or ATPL.

A candidate is also required to pass written and oral exams in air navigation, aviation meteorology, radio aids and instruments and acquire a minimum 1500 flying hours to obtain an Airline Transport Pilot Licence in the examination conducted by DGCA Central Examination Organisation.

In the recent past, there have been cases of forged licenses in the country and on this score, DGCA chief Bharat Bhushan had passed orders to verify licences of all the pilots.

Air India’s JK Verma was arrested by Delhi Police on Saturday for allegedly using a forged mark sheet to procure the mandatory airline transport pilot’s licence, while Parminder Kaur Gulati, 38, of IndiGo was suspended after a hard landing and arrested on March 8 for a similar offence. (ANI)

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