After fake pilots, flying schools are also now under the radar of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
DGCA, the country's civil aviation regulator, will hold a meeting with all the 40 odd authorised flying schools in the country on Tuesday. In the recent arrests made by the Delhi Police in the fake flying license scam, it has come to light that some pilots had fudged the minimum flying hours required to obtain a license.
The regulator is going to start a thorough audit of all the flying schools to verify if students have actually clocked the required hours. It would inspect the logbooks maintained by these schools to record flying and is also expected to compare these with logs kept by air traffic control, in cases where flying has been done in controlled airspace.
"The audit will be conducted both by outside experts and our own officials," said DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan. "We will issue the required orders very soon."
DGCA is also trying to come up with an online solution to tackle the menace of fudging flying hours. "There are models available that will send the logging hours directly to our office from the flying schools," he said. "This would ensure that the documents cannot be tampered with."
Sources in the DGCA said that while it will be difficult to audit all the flying schools in India, verifying certificates issued international flying schools is next to impossible.
On Saturday, the Delhi Police arrested four persons. As of now, the Crime Branch has apprehended six persons as part of its investigations into a complaint regarding fake flying licenses filed by the DGCA.