Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended approval licenses of both Air India simulator training facilities located in Mumbai and Hyderabad. The regulator is looking at the documents and will take a revoking call only after finding them satisfactory.
Air India can not use Simulator
Just after suspending the license approval of Boeing simulator training facility in Mumbai, Indian aviation watchdog has als suspended the license of Air India Airbus training facility at Hyderabad. Air India trains its pilots on Simulator at these places. The Mumbai based facility trains Boeing pilots on Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 aircraft, meanwhile Hyderabad facility is used to train Airbus pilots.
For Air India, this simulator training process is bery important as it is undergoing massive expansion. The airline is looking at a delivery of more than 50 jets by the end of this Fiscal Year. For that, it is hiring pilots at a rapid pace. Hence, suspension of this facilities comes as a shocker for the airline. Lets look at the reason for suspension.
Reason for suspension
We do not know the exact reason of Simulator facility suspension but know something revolving around it.
As part of DGCA rules, an airline has to conduct regular audits of various workplaces like cockpit, ramp, breath-analyzer testplace, etc. After auditing, the airline send the report to DGCA. Recently, DGCA conducted a surprise audit at some 13 Air India points. DGCA came to know that Air India has submitted false reports to the regulator. Internal auditing was forged. Signature of Chief of Flight Safety were not there. On ramp checking audit, a duty officer named who does not even exist.
The airline has some serious lapses in its simulator training procedures. As a result of which, the regulator has suspended licenses of both.
As said earlier, this Simulator training is very important for Air India and it has taken some temporary steps to continue the pilot flow. There are many cadets of Air India, who are scheduled to be type rated on Airbus or Boeing simulators in Thailand or Singapore. The airline has called them back and instead sent its flying pilots to carry out important exercises like proficiency checks or conversion training or command upgrade.
Talking about its own facilities, Air India has submitted all the details and SOPs to the regulator. It is upto the regulator to decide whether this license ban is temporary or permanent. Air India Head of Flight Operations Manish Uppal already has a controversial past, when he was suspended for bad practices at AirAsia India.
Source : JetArena