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Aviation regulator screens 3,000 licences of Pilots
Published on 14 Mar. 2011 12:41 AM IST
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After the arrest of another Air India pilot on charges of furnishing a fake marksheet to procure a flying licence, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief Bharat Bhushan said over 3,000 licences “issued in the last one year are under screening”.
“This has come to our notice after a pilot faced problems with landing techniques. We are probing into the matter with the help of Delhi Police as the matter is serious,” Bhushan told Times Now TV channel.
Air India pilot Captain J.K. Verma was arrested in the capital Saturday for allegedly using a forged marksheet to procure a licence from the country’s aviation regulator.
Verma was apprehended following investigations into a complaint filed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which claimed that some of the pilots had forged marksheets to get licence
It was the second such arrest in the last four days. The first pilot to be arrested was Parminder Kaur Gulati, 38, a suspended pilot of Indigo. Gulati was arrested for allegedly obtaining the mandatory Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ALTP) using forged documents.
Bhushan admitted that over 3,000 licences were under the DGCA scanner.
The past three instances involved two IndiGo commanders and one MDLR commander who had allegedly tampered with their ATPL marksheets.
These arrests indicate that a well-oiled “racket” is at work within the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that helps co-pilots, who have failed to clear exams, become commanders, says a source.
While a first officer (co-pilot) needs a commercial pilot licence (CPL), a commander needs to earn an ATPL for which, a pilot has to clear written exams and an oral test.

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