Walk-in to become a Customer Agent of Air India Express at Amritsar

•March 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Air India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL) will be conducting a walk-in interview on February 28, 2012 at  Hotel Alstonia, SCO-111, Distt. Shopping Centre, Ranjit Avenue,
Near Passport Office, Amritsar, Punjab between 09.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
The appointment will be for a period of three years which may be renewed on the basis of their performance. Present vacancies: 30 (16 Gen , 6 OBC, 8 SC )
Eligibility (As on 01/02/2012):
a) QUALIFICATION-Graduate in any discipline (minimum three years duration) from a recognized university with ability to speak English and conversant with local language and basic computer operation.
b) PHYSICAL STANDARDS: HEIGHT -Male not below 158 cms. Female not below 152.5 cms.
Weight- As per the chart approved by Medical Services of the Company. Candidates are required to produce a certificate from Registered Medical Practitioner i.e.M.B.B.S. Doctor with regard to Height and weight. Relaxation of height requirement upto 2.5 cms will be considered for SC/ST candidates and for Gorkhas, Garhwalis and those hailing from North East States & Hilly areas on production of a certificate of Domicile of these areas (as applicable). Height and weight proportion will be as the chart approved by Medical services of the Company.
c) COSMETIC APPEARANCE: Clear complexion without any noticeable blemish, no odd scars / birth marks. Even and regular teeth.
d) AGE LIMIT : (AS ON 01.02.2012)
Others – Not above 28 years,O.B.C. – Not above 31 years,SC/ST – Not above 33 years.(Relaxation in age for Ex-Servicemen as per Govt. Guidelines).
Take along the Application Form in the specified format, duly filled in Hindi or English and requisite documents as indicated in 5.3 below, alongwith Processing and Application Fee of 300/- (Rupees Three hundred only) by means of an A/c Payee Demand Draft in favour of “Air India Air Transport Services Ltd.”Payable at Mumbai, which is NOT REFUNDABLE .No fee to be paid by Ex-Servicemen / applicants belonging to SC/ST communities. Please mention your full name and the post applied for on the reverse of the Demand Draft.
A recent (not more than 3 months old) coloured passport size photograph 4.5 cm (H) x 3.5 cm (W) of the full face (front view) should be pasted neatly in the space provided in the
application form and also carry twelve same photographs on matt finish paper with white background at the time of walk-in.
The Candidates should carry a set of Self-attested copies of the supporting documents as proof of of Educational Qualification, Date of birth , Experience, Caste and Physical Standard.
The Application Form, must be submitted along with the above mentioned requisite documents. Original Certificates should not be submitted with the application, but should be brought for verification along with one set of photocopies.
Please visit the airlines’ website for details and for downloading the application format.

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U.S. proposes tougher airline pilot qualifications

•March 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Washington: Pilots would be required to accumulate six times more flight training time to qualify as a co-pilot on a commercial airline or cargo aircraft under a U.S. government proposal released on Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration rule, if approved, would require that pilots receive 1,500 hours of flight time compared to 250 hours now mandated under federal rules to become a first officer.
New training for specific aircraft would also be required.
“Our pilots need to have the right training and the right qualifications so they can be prepared to handle any situation they encounter in the cockpit,” FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta said.
The FAA was ordered by Congress to take action to improve pilot training and qualifications following the 2009 crash of a commuter plane in Buffalo that killed 50 people.
The latest change, which includes an allowance for military pilots who want to fly commercially, is aimed mainly at those who fly commuter or smaller feeder planes, like those at the controls of the ill-fated Colgan Air Flight 3407.
28/02/12 Reuters/moneycontrol.com

Flying clubs irregularities: 3 including top DGCA official suspended

•March 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A top Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official and two others were on Friday placed under suspension after a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) report charged them with showing undue favours to 28 flying clubs.

Taking note of the CVC report of January 27 with regard to irregularities allegedly committed by the officials of DGCA and Airports Authority of India (AAI) in giving benefits to 28 flying clubs across the country, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh directed the AAI to immediately recover the outstanding dues of Rs. 190 crores from various flying clubs by March 31, official sources said.
While ordering the suspension of A.K. Saran, the then Deputy Director General, DGCA and presently Joint Director General, Parveen Kumar, the then Section Officer and D. S. Sada, the then Assistant in DGCA, the Minister said that major penalty proceedings should also be initiated against the three officials immediately. The Minister directed that major penalty proceedings be also initiated against Deepak Raina, the then in charge of the department who has since retired, if permitted under conduct rules, the sources said.
Official sources said that an FIR was also likely to be lodged against the three officials of the aviation regulator, Mr. Raina, and all 28 flying clubs among others named in the report, for criminal conspiracy and causing wrongful pecuniary loss of Rs. 190 crores to the government.
02/03/12 Vinay Kumar/The Hindu

Fly in India to prove competency: DGCA

•March 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Mumbai: According to the latest circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), any pilot licence obtained from abroad, will require a compulsory competency test in India for endorsement into an Indian licence.

Sources close to the DGCA said that changes have been incorporated to put an end to discrepancies that were exposed during the recent pilot scam. DGCA circular number 8/2/2008-LII dated February 21, 2012 (copy with MiD DAY), issued by Joint Director General (JDG), DGCA, J S Rawat, reads, “The current Guidelines for Conversion of Professional Pilot’s Licences issued in International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Contracting States into Indian Professional Pilot’s Licence (Commercial Pilot’s Licence) allow for acceptance of skill test done abroad provided the test reports are duly authenticated by a representative of the Regulatory Authority of the State where the tests have been performed. It is seen that most state authorities do not authenticate the skill reports to meet the procedure laid down in the guidelines. In case Instrument Rating (IR) is not issued by the Contracting State, the skill test carried out in the Contracting State shall not be recognised. For the issue of IR, the applicant shall be required to carry out IR skill test in India.”
The circular further recommends, “It has now been decided by the Competent Authority that all applications for issue of Indian, Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) will be accompanied with skill test reports on at least one aircraft type required to be endorsed on the Indian licence. All applications received on or after April 1, 2012 shall be accompanied with skill test report carried out in India.”
05/03/12 Bipin kumar Singh/MiD DAY

Saudia looking for Indian captains

•March 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Jeddah:  (Saudia) placed an ad in a leading Indian newspaper looking for pilots to employ, Assistant Director General of the airlines Abdullah bin Mushabab Al-Ajhar said.

“We are looking for 120 pilots from India and other Asian countries to employ with monthly salaries ranging between SR30,000 and SR37,000 in addition to a number of fringe benefits, including accommodation,” he told local newspapers yesterday.
Al-Ajhar said the captains would be piloting various types of aircraft including Airbus 320, Boeing 777, Embraer aircraft and cargo planes.
An experience of less than 20 years would be requested as well as flying hours ranging between 2,000 and 3,000. “We are only looking for captains, not assistant captains. Applicants should not be less than 30 years of age and not more than 53,” he explained. The age of retirement would be 63.
Interviews will be held in Mumbai during the period of March 6-9.
05/03/12 Arab News

843 commercial pilot licences issued this year by DGCA

•January 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued more than 5500 commercial pilot licences (CPL) since 2008, including 843 this year, Lok Shaba was informed today.
The country’s aviation regulator issued 1458 CPLs in 2008, while 1886 such licences issued in 2009 and 1368 in the next year.
But DGCA issued only 843 CPLs out of 1023 applications it received in 2011, which saw a number of pilots found using fraudulent means to acquire their flying licences.
Similarly, DGCA issued 387 Air Transport pilot licences ( ATPL) and 181 Private Pilot Licences (PPL) so far this year, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said in a written reply to a query in Lok Sabha.
Regarding the criteria adopted in issuing various licences, Singh said, “Licences are issued on compliance of requirements stipulated in Part V and schedule II of the Aircraft Rules 1937.”
“In case fraud is detected, enforcement action is taken wherein the applicant is debarred from obtaining a licence and/or is registered with the police authorities,” he said.
Economic Times

Kenya Airways to recruit expatriate captains to ease shortage of pilots

•January 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Uganda: During the showcasing last week of Boeing’s B787 Dreamliner in Nairobi, questions were asked of Dr. Titus Naikuni, CEO of Kenya Airways (KQ), how the arrival of additional aircraft in 2012 and beyond – the airline is expecting 3 B777s and by all accounts some 10 more Embraer 190 aircraft over the next 12 to 24 months – would be managed in regard of human resources available, with specific reference to cockpit crew.
The airline has engaged in accelerated training of commercial pilots, both at their own in house, “Pride Academy,” at Embakasi headquarters and also through aviation schools in South Africa, to get sufficient pilot numbers on the payroll to actually fly those new aircraft.
Dr. Naikuni had to concede, though, that these efforts were not enough, particularly in regard of senior captains, to whom the young first officers, aka co-pilots, would then be attached. It was now becoming a certainty that expatriate captains would have to be recruited to fill those glaring gaps.
“We are in talks with the government and the unions to get permission and agreements in place to recruit expatriate pilots,” he said at the main arrival function at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Kenya Airways has the declared intention to fly by the end of 2013 to every African political and commercial capital city, and as and when the B787 Dreamliner deliveries start to commence, expected but not yet 100 percent confirmed by end of 2013 or early 2014, the addition of more frequencies to existing long-haul destinations will then be accompanied by opening up new destinations in India and China.
20/12/11 Dr. Wolfgang H Thome/eTurboNews.com