Fake pilots: Govt says no need to panic

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 21:26

New Delhi: Allaying apprehensions that a
"huge number" of fake pilots were flying planes in the
country, Civil Aviation Ministry on Wednesday said such reports were
"far from the truth" and there was no need to panic as
only 13 such cases have been detected so far after a thorough
scrutiny.

"In respect of airline transport pilot licenses
(ATPL), almost all licences have already been examined and
found to be genuine, except in respect of the six (cases of
forgery) detected," an official statement said, maintaining
that 13 FIRs have so far been lodged after scrutiny of
licenses.

"The DGCA has commenced examination of all Commercial
Pilot Licence (CPL) records issued during the past and till
date, seven cases of submission of forged result cards have
been detected. FIRs have been lodged with Crime Branch of
Delhi Police in respect of all 13 cases (6 ATPLs and 7 CPLs)".

While there are about 4,000 ATPLs, about 10,000 CPLs
have been issued till date.

"These facts are made known to the public in order to
ensure that there is no panic as a result of media reports
hinting at huge numbers of fake pilots flying civilian
aircraft in the country. This is far from the truth," the
statement said.

On complaints regarding certain flying schools, it
said three special audit teams, comprising officers of the
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and outside
experts, would "conduct detailed audit of these schools to
detect malpractices, if any".

Procedures to cross-verify documents has been
introduced to ensure that the Directorate of Examination and
the Directorate of Licencing of DGCA "work in close
collaboration", it said, adding that steps have been taken to
make the examination system foolproof by having "multi layer
security" and computerisation.

It also spoke about "strongest possible action" having
been initiated against those who have resorted to unfair
methods.

The official statement came amid a spate of reports
relating to aviation safety issues, like arrest of 13 persons
including three DGCA staffers, forged documents being used to
obtain pilots licenses, some flying schools allegedly fudging
flying hours and instances of "blind landings".

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 21:26

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