Ajit Singh takes cognisance of complaints of pilots: Statement
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has taken a review of the present examination system and directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to immediately propose an institutional mechanism so that the candidates not satisfied with their examination results may get a proper forum for redressal and may file for review and appeal, it was announced here.
The step has been taken after a large number of complaints of favouritism and harassment in various in-service examinations conducted by examiners of airlines or their pilots, according to an official release.
He has also asked the DGCA to standardise the present system in such a manner so that the discretion available with the examiners may be minimised.
The DGCA has also been asked to issue detailed guidelines in this regard which may be incorporated in the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).
The DGCA approves those pilots of airlines as Examiners who meet the requirements laid down in CAR Section 7 Series 'I' Part I on Criteria for approval of examiners/ instructors/ check pilots for scheduled commercial operations with fixed wing aircraft.
These approved Examiners, on behalf of DGCA, conduct Skill test for issue of Co-Pilot's/ Pilot-in-Command / Instrument Rating (IR) and proficiency checks on aircraft and simulators.
Establishment of such a mechanism would address the grievances of candidates and provide much needed motivation to the junior pilots to perform better in their commitments and duties.