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

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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!

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