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INDIA: New proposal to nullify pilots’ licence if not used for 3 years


OCTOBER 10, 2021

MUMBAI: Pilots who don’t use their flying licence for over three straight years stand to lose it, according to an amendment to the existent aviation regulations, proposed recently by the civil aviation ministry. For thousands of jobless pilots in India, the draft amendment, if passed, would mean spending thousands of rupees every three years to fly in order to hold on to their flying licences. Currently, that minimum mandatory flying to keep a licence valid needs to be done only once every five years.

The extraordinary gazette, published on September 30, lists the draft rules amending the Indian Aircraft Rules-1937 and is currently open for objections and suggestions till the month-end. The draft rules increase the validity of a Commercial Pilot Licence and the higher, Airline Transport Pilot Licence to ten years from the current five years. But with a condition, which appears on page 18. It states: “In case where the privileges of the licence has not been exercised during the validity period of licence, for a period exceeding 3 years, the applicant shall be required to requalify in examinations and skill tests required for issue of such licence before exercising the privileges of such licence.”

“The new rules will reduce the workload on the aviation regulator as each licence will come up for renewal every ten years and not five years,’’ said a flying training instructor.

Courtesy/Source: TOI