Chennai: Concerned over the different
medical standards and flying hours laid down by the Director
General Civil Aviation for foreign and Indian pilots, the
Madras High Court today said the issue raised by Indian pilots
was serious in view of the recent happenings.
"The issue raised by the petitioner is really a very
serious matter concerning the public because of the
casualities having taken place recently", the First Bench of
Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam said.
Hearing a petition filed by `Society for Indian Pilots` of
Jet Airways and eight other private domestic airlines for an
interim stay of medical standards and flying hours for foreign
pilots engaged under`Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorisation,`
(FATA), the Bench directed medical services (Civil Aviation)
and DGCA to file counter affidavits, stating why interim
orders sought for by the petition should not be passed
The petition sought declaration as `ultra vires` of a
clause in the Civil Aviation Requirements issued by DGCA in
1999 and revised in 2009 regarding the minimum requirement for
engagement of foreign pilots as pilot-in-command (PIC) and
also the practice of permitting airlines to have different
medical standards for Indian and foreign pilots.
The petition has been posted for hearing on July 5.