The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India has issued a stern warning to around 40 of the country’s flying schools asking them to get their act together or face the axe, India Today reports.
It was the arrest of more than a dozen fake pilots that triggered an in-depth audit by the DGCA as the accused were found to have forged their mark-sheets and vital documents in order to obtain their licences. After a seven-month investigation, an audit report reveals some shocking findings.
The DGCA audits of flight schools across the country found a “blatant disregard” for norms in the functioning of almost all of the flying centres. The aviation body has issued a deadline within which the short-listed schools have been asked to start complying with the guidelines.
DGCA Bharat Bhushan said, “We have given them 30 days to comply with the guidelines, or face stringent action.” The discrepancies recorded included fudged recording of flying hours, absence of a proper syllabus, non-availability of proper documentation, lack of essential infrastructure and even non-maintenance of airstrips.
There were, however, a couple of exceptions to the flouting of rules. Two state-run centres – Rae Bareli-based Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan Academy and Gondia Flying School – were found to be functioning within the guidelines.