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FerrariFlyer
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Who's really flying your plane?

Postby FerrariFlyer » Sat Mar 19 2011, 17:01

Seems hardly fair to blame pilots for rough landings when they can't fly to begin with!!!

Pilots caught flying with fake licences

* From: AFP
* March 10, 2011 7:53AM

INDIAN aviation regulators have found two more pilots with forged qualifications flying passenger planes, a report said, raising questions about safety on the country's booming airlines.

The Indian duo were flying as captains on flights for the IndiGo and MDLR airlines, but they had not passed the tests to graduate from co-pilot, The Times of India reported."While the licences are revoked, these cases have also been referred to the police for further action,'' Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief Bharat Bhushan was quoted as saying.

Last month, the DGCA revoked the licence of a third pilot, also flying for IndiGo, who was found to have forged papers to get her airline transport pilot licence.The pilot's qualifications and record were scrutinised after she caused damage to an Airbus A320 aircraft by landing the plane on the nose wheel instead of the rear wheels. (tell me that didn't feel weird as a pax)

The Times of India claimed an investigation revealed she had landed planes incorrectly between 10 and 15 times, though this was denied by the airline, which said it had investigated her previous flights. Both the IndiGo pilots were immediately removed from the flying schedule once doubts emerged over their qualifications, the airline said in a statement Wednesday, and they are now being investigated by the police.

IndiGo said it would "proactively assist the DGCA to carry out a thorough internal investigation to ensure that there are no discrepancies in any other licence or certificates issued to any pilots, engineers or cabin attendants''.

It added: "Safety is a key concern at IndiGo.''

Rising incomes and the liberalisation of the airline market in the 1990s has led to an explosion in air travel in India, with passenger numbers up 25 percent over the last 12 months.

With new routes and new aircraft being regularly inducted, the half-dozen low-cost Indian airlines are competing fiercely for locally trained pilots.

To meet demand, many of them have had to resort to hiring more costly foreign pilots who are often from Eastern Europe.

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/ ... 6018823614
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Re: Who's really flying your plane?

Postby Master Cylinder » Sat Mar 19 2011, 22:47

The Times of India claimed an investigation revealed she had landed planes incorrectly between 10 and 15 times, though this was denied by the airline, which said it had investigated her previous flights. Both the IndiGo pilots were immediately removed from the flying schedule once doubts emerged over their qualifications, the airline said in a statement Wednesday, and they are now being investigated by the police.


WOW!

Whats bad is that they're flying on forged licenses. What I think is MUCH WORSE is that they suspended this pilot from flying after determining the license was fake, NOT when she landed unsafely 10-15 times!

Count me out on flying on IndiGo.

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Re: Who's really flying your plane?

Postby Capt Hollywood » Sun Mar 20 2011, 01:06

"Safety is a key concern at IndiGo.''


Yes, I'd say it's a bit of a concern!
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Re: Who's really flying your plane?

Postby StickyDingo » Mon Mar 21 2011, 06:53

Think I'll walk

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