Gwalior: To check pilots holding fake degrees, the Civil Aviation Ministry plans to start conducting a nationwide common entrance test for getting admission to flying schools. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) team will audit at least 40 flying schools all across the country, said Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi here on Monday. 

“The issue of fake pilot licence is very serious and the Aviation Ministry is going to launch investigation against those institutes which provide fake flying hours. The process of providing flying license will be made transparent and stricter and there will be no interference in the procedure,” says Vayalar Ravi.

He allayed apprehensions that a large number of fake pilots were flying planes in the country, saying there was no cause for panic as very few such cases have been detected so far following the scrutiny of the documents.

Nationwide common entrance test for getting admission to flying schools will minimize such institutes which provide fake flying hours for money, he said, adding that the process would be kept transparent, therefore, there would be no scope for any scam.

JPN/Bureau