Where is He?
Over-trained flight crew of India: Does it really contribute to ‘flight safety’? This is one of the grave concerns of business aviation in India today. A scenario has been presented by the author indicating the scarcity of pilots and the red-tapism in the
This is the future of pilot availability in India. The aviation boom may be giving us reasons to rejoice, but we face a huge demand of pilots which will be difficult to fill. We may open a National Aviation University or flying schools but they would be only able to churn out co-pilots. Where would the Pilot in Commands (PICs) come from? How much would we be paying the PICs? It would soon be “highest salaries in the world”. India, which stands in high three digit rankings in manpower expenses in the world, faces a reverse trend with respect to aviation, and it would soon top the chart for PIC salaries in the world. Sometimes we wonder if it’s a planned effort from the pilot community in India to make most stringent rules so as to create an artificial deficiency, making the PIC’s demand and salaries, more and more. It is strange that technology which is today urging mankind to send passenger UAVs into the skies in some countries, has not been able to give any confidence to Indians who still keep following the archaic rules which existed before the simulators were invented. Our ab initio training syllabus is the maximum in the world. Our actual flying training syllabus is the maximum in the world. The whole world permits a pilot in command, to start flying immediately after conversion on simulators. We make him fly for 100 hours as co-pilot before clearing him as PIC. Our number of checks are the maximum in the world. We have the most overly trained pilots in the world.
Unless we don’t change with the world, we will continue to lag behind. Good part is that the “change is inevitable”. I don’t think that nation’s leadership can do better than appointing stellar professionals of the likes of Mr Jayant Sinha, Mr R.N. Choubey, Ms Usha Padhee, Mr B.S. Bhullar and few senior ranking Additional Secretaries and JDGs at the helm of affairs. The inertia at lower ranks will burst and change therefore is round the corner. One of the most promising statements made recently by the Secretary of Civil Aviation, “I have given instructions that wherever we find EASA and FAA regulations permitting something, DGCA will not unnecessarily have different standards”.
What is still missing? The bureaucracy, the red tapism, the babugiri, the corruption, the lack of transparency, the instability in senior ranks. These need to be addressed so as to give a perfect environment to bring about the change!
THE BUREAUCRACY, THE RED TAPISM, THE BABUGIRI, THE CORRUPTION, THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY, THE INSTABILITY IN SENIOR RANKS. THESE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED SO AS TO GIVE A PERFECT ENVIRONMENT TO BRING ABOUT THE CHANGE!