DGCA asked to set up forum for redressal of pilot grievances
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In an attempt to look into the concerns of the pilots, who give in-service examinations for promotions, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to institute a forum for redressal of complaints of harassment filed by them.
"A lot of pilots do not even get to know the reasons behind not clearing the test. A proper format for these also needs to be prepared so that and the reasons for the failure of a particular pilot is also informed to him. These steps will help in making the system transparent," said a senior civil aviation ministry official.
The step has been taken keeping in view a large number of complaints of favouritism and harassment in various in-service examinations conducted by examiners of airlines for their pilots.
The airline's examiners are selected under criteria set by DGCA and conduct skill test of instrument rating and proficiency checks of co-pilot and commanders on aircraft and simulators.
Erstwhile Indian Airlines pilots, who are being trained to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, have objected to being examined by the erstwhile Air India pilots, as they fear the examination process may not be impartial.
"The issue of Indian Airlines pilots opposing to be trained by Air India pilots is because there is a lack of transparent system. With a transparent system coming in, we are sure that the concerns of these pilots will also be looked into," the official said.
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