New Delhi, Mar 7 (IBNS) Minister of State for Civil Aviation K. C. Venugopal on Thursday informed Rajya Sabha that there is shortage of type rated Commanders in the country due to growth in aviation industry and induction of new aircrafts in the fleet of the airlines.
"However, sufficient numbers of co-pilots are available and employed with the airlines. These co-pilots do not possess sufficient training and experience required to become commanders on that type," said Venugopal.
He further said that Air India has trained and experienced pilots available to meet the scheduled requirements only.
"As regards Air India Express, there is a shortage of 20 trained and experienced commanders," he said.
The minister said to cover the shortage of type rated pilots, validation of foreign pilots is done as per Rule 45 of Aircraft Rules, 1937. Indian Pilots who are inducted by Airlines and are eligible to become Pilot-in-Command as per the policy of the Airlines are being trained by them to phase out expat pilots.
"As a follow up, cases of Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorisation (FATA) pilots are processed on the basis of information furnished by each Airline with phase out programme of expat pilots. The Government has allowed issue of Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorisation (FATA) up to 31st December, 2013," the minister said.