Aspiring pilots will soon have to sit for a common entrance test to enroll in a flying school. In the wake of fake pilots being caught with alarming regularity, the civil aviation ministry has decided to set up an expert panel to review the existing flying training system in the country.
One of the biggest mandates of the committee is to recommend how to start a common entrance examination system, psychological and aptitude test for aspiring pilots before entering a flying school.The crime branch of the Delhi Police has apprehended 22 people between March and May this year, including pilots, trainers and officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in the fake pilot racket. It has found that many pilots have either submitted fake marksheets or fudged flying hours, in collusion with officials, to receive their licenses.
The six-member committee, which includes DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan, has been asked to recommend ways of improving the quality of flying training in the country.
“At present, the process of admission in flying schools is not transparent. With a common entrance test, the quality of people, who want to become pilots, can be maintained,” said a senior civil aviation official.
The committee will examine the current training system at various flying clubs and make recommendations to make the process secure, credible and efficient and in line with modern and best practices, the ministry order says.
The ministry also wants better surveillance over the flying institutes. The panel will also examine the availability quality instructors for these schools and recommend the requirements for the post of instructors.
To counter the problem of pilots fudging the minimum required flying hours to get a licence, the ministry wants to devise methods of cross verification of flying records of trainee pilots, including technological interventions.