Thirteen FIRs lodged by DGCA so far in fake pilot licence scam

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 21:48

New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA has so
far lodged a total of 13 FIRs against as many pilots for
obtaining licences on the basis of fudged documents.

"We have so far lodged 13 FIRs against 13 pilots,"
DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan said on Tuesday.

Till date, 13 persons, including five pilots and three
DGCA staffers, have been arrested on charges of using forged
marksheets, fudged flying hours and related documents to
procure flying licences from the Directorate General of Civil
Aviation (DGCA).

With the drive to verify the documents and licences of
pilots and commanders nearing completion, the regulator is
rushing through the process of scrutinising all papers
relating to those licence holders whose cases are suspect.

Over 1,700 licences have so far been scrutinised and
seven of them have turned out to be fake.

The DGCA had ordered a thorough scrutiny of the
documents of all the 4,500 Airline Transport Pilot License
(ATPL) holders following a probe of documents of an IndiGo
pilot, Capt Parminder Kaur Gulati, who landed an Airbus 320
aircraft at Goa airport on the nose wheel, thus damaging it.
She was arrested on forgery charges and later released on
bail.

The regulator is now verifying the papers of over
6,300 co-pilots registered with it and hopes to complete the
process at the earliest, official sources said.

Three DGCA teams would also span out across the
country in a few days to carry out full-fledged audits of 40
flying schools.

These teams, comprising DGCA officers and outside
experts, would verify the flying hours logged by various pilot
trainees with the log books of air traffic controllers.

They would also check the aviation fuel consumption by
the flying schools and their fuel bills to see if they match
the flying hours clocked by their students.

The DGCA, after receiving complaints about fudging of
actual flight hours logged in a student`s log book by flying
school to help them get a CPL, has set up three teams to carry
out full-fledged audits of 40 such institutions across the
country from next week.

Apart from it, Bhushan has favoured a complete revamp
of issuing licence to pilots to tackle the problem of fudging
of documents to obtain licences.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 21:48

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