Are the examiners in Jet Airways technically unqualified?
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that two of the Jet Airways management pilots have been continuing as examiners although the validity of their standardization check has lapsed.
The reply to the application, provided by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), states that the biennial standardization checks for proficiency records are mandatory under the DGCA rules for pilots to have examiners or training assignments.
The reply, however, shows that the two pilots in question - Captain NT Malkani (Boeing 737) and Captain Shain (Airbus- 330) - had gone through their standardization check in January 2011 and June 2011, respectively. As the checks are valid for only two years, the validity of the checks of both the pilots lapsed in 2013 and their working as examiners is in serious violation of the DGCA rules.