Monthly Archives: August 2011

Emirates seeks 4000 new flight attendants

August 25, 2011

Emirates, the largest international airline, is advertising 4000 cabin-crew jobs via online music provider Spotify as it strives to attract international staff for the world’s biggest fleet of Airbus superjumbos. Emirates needs to boost flight attendant numbers by a third to 16,000 during the year through March as it adds five double-deck, 517-seat A380s,...

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Disparate audits leave aviation industry fuming

August 21, 2011

Mumbai: A team of Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) auditors collected flight details from an airport’s air traffic control and cross-verified it with flying training records maintained by the flying school which conducted training at that airport. It was done to check for fake entries in the school’s log books. At another school,...

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Servers crash during pilot licence exams

August 21, 2011

New Delhi: On day one, when over 1,000 pilots took the first online examination for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence, servers across all the seven centres in India, designated by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) crashed. Many of the examinees had to return home without submitting their answer-sheets online and with frustrated hearts...

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Pilot licence test will go online

August 14, 2011

New Delhi: In the wake of the recent pilot licence scam that shook the Indian civil aviation sector, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to launch the first ever online examination system for issue of pilot and aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licences named “Vimanic”. The venture has been launched with the...

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Becoming a pilot set to get tougher

August 14, 2011

New Delhi: Pilot aspirants soon would have to pass an entrance exam where their aptitude would be tested before being allowed to join a flying school. Also the number of times one can appear in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) exams would be capped along with the introduction of biometric ways like...

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Search on for fake marksheets supplier

August 14, 2011

Jaipur: A Delhi crime branch team raided many places in Sikar district on Thursday after it came up that a local man had provided fake marksheets to pilots who obtained commercial pilot licences (CPL) fraudulently from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Sources said that the accused, Manoj Dhaka, a resident of Laxamangarh...

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Fake pilot scam: 1 held for forging marksheet

August 14, 2011

New Delhi: One more person has been arrested in the fake pilot scam for allegedly using forged marksheets to procure a commercial flying licence. The accused has been identified as Gaurav Jain. He was arrested from Delhi on Tuesday. Jain had obtained his commercial flying licence by using forged marksheets after he failed his...

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DGCA audit grounds Bombay Flying Club

August 14, 2011

Mumbai Country’s oldest pilot training school, the Bombay Flying Club founded by JRD Tata in 1929, may have to shut shop. The flying school, which boasts of training JRD Tata, has been caught fudging records. An audit by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has revealed several discrepancies in the functioning of flying...

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Air India Express looking to hire ex-IAF pilots

August 9, 2011

Mumbai: Air India Express, the no-frills international arm of debt-laden Air India, has said it would soon ink an agreement with the Indian Air Force to train the pilots, besides netting the early IAF retirees into the airline as it struggles to get quality senior pilots. “As we continue to face severe shortage of...

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Amdavadi fake pilots turn touts

August 9, 2011

Ahmedabad: All they needed was a deep pocket and a middleman who would help give wings to their dream of becoming a pilot. The two Amdavadi youngsters – Hiren Nagar and Jigesh Patel – arrested in the fake pilot scam in Delhi, used the same illicit channels and their run ended in jail. Patel,...

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