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DGCA may relax norms for pilots’ licence renewal

Another issue, which is set to come up for discussion, is the frequency of proficiency tests and medical checks, carried out on cockpit crew.

New Delhi | March 26, 2014 1:22:49 am

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) may consider request by airlines to relax “time-consuming” civil aviation requirements (CAR) and oversight mechanism. DGCA chief Prabhat Kumar has called a meeting of airline CEOs on Friday to discuss these issues.

“One of the suggestions relates to the renewal procedure for pilots’ licences in India, which is perceived to be time consuming. We will see if we can consider these suggestions without affecting safety,” said a senior DGCA official. Licences of commercial pilots are renewed every two years in India. Airlines, in their representation, have said that pilots have to be spared for the renewal procedure, which takes up a lot of time. The airlines have requested that these norms be brought in line with the regulations in the US and UK, where a licence is issued once for perpetual use. Another issue, which is set to come up for discussion, is the frequency of proficiency tests and medical checks, carried out on cockpit crew.

India follows the International Civil Aviation Organization guidelines which mandates every commercial pilot’s licence holder to undergo a Class-1 medical check every year. A commander holding an airline transport pilot’s licence (ATPL) and all pilots aged above 40 years have to undergo medical tests twice a year.

These tests, pilots claim, are more stringent than those in many other countries, as these are conducted by the Air Force Medical Board.

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