DGCA sets up team to probe pilot licence scam

 The teams of officials and independent experts would begin inspection from April 18 and submit their reports within three months, official sources said.

So far, 13 persons, including five pilots and three DGCA staffers, have been arrested on charges of using forged marksheets, fudged flying hours and related documents to procure flying licenses from the DGCA.

A Chief Training officer of a Rajasthan flying club was earlier arrested for fudging the log books of some pilots.

During their audit drive, the DGCA teams will verify the logged flying hours with the log books of air traffic controllers, where the flying had taken place in controlled environment.
They will also check the consumption of aviation fuel by the flying schools and their fuel bills to see if they match the flying hours clocked by their students.

DGCA chief E K Bharat Bhushan, who briefed the three teams of officials and experts on Monday, has favoured a complete revamp of the pilot licencing process.

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