Are India’s flying academies churning out less than capable pilots?

Three recent accidents, including one that was fatal, involving aircraft of flying academies set off alarm bells in the aviation industry. Regulator DGCA has sprung into action, but is the rot too deep?

It’s an operation that’s unprecedented for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, or DGCA. Four teams of inspectors from the aviation industry regulator are out on the road, inspecting and auditing 32 flight training organizations across the country. Each team has three inspectors and has to audit a flight training organization, or FTO, against 200 parameters.

“We are checking all the aspects, including airworthiness of aircraft, if trainee pilots undergo breath analyser test or not, use of navigational instruments, qualification of instructors… everything will be found out and strict action will be taken against those flouting regulations,” says a senior …


Prince M. Thomas

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