New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is planning to bring over 10, 000 Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) holders under scanner and also conduct a third-party audit of all flying schools in the country.

In the wake of forgery cases of licences, the regulator is also planning a slew of steps to check the irregularities.
Apart from this, the DGCA is also worried about the problems faced by a large number of Indian youths, who go abroad for training and return with fake or invalid licenses, after spending lakhs of rupees.

“Besides the six cases of pilots using forged documents to get their licenses, we have got some more suspicious cases, but there is nothing confirmed as yet and investigations are going on," DGCA chief E K Bharat Bhushan said.

The six cases of forged documents that have come to light are two each from air carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet and one each from Air India and MDLR.

While all the 4,000-odd holders of Airline Transport Pilot Licenses (ATPLs) are currently being probed, the DGCA is also considering looking into all the CPLs. There are over 10,000 CPL holders in the country.

Asked whether flying training schools were following stringent standards laid down by the regulator, Bhushan said: "There have been cases ... there is suspicion that at least some of the flying hours that they are logging in the student's log books, are not genuine".
He also indicated that problems relating to training infrastructure have also been found.

"I want to examine the condition and quality of training they are giving. We have to ensure that the conditions and quality of training are maintained. My intention is to have a team from outside, a third-party systematic audit of these schools," Bhushan said.

There are about 40 flying schools in India.

The regulator is also considering sending a team of his officials to visit some such flying schools abroad, where many Indians have been getting pilot training.

(Agencies)