|Quoting Revelation (Reply 227):|
A simple matter, largely on its way to resolution, has been blown all out of proportions with so many unnecessary complications.
It is a miscalculation on India's part. DGCA
is thinking they are very close to compliance(95%) without understanding the conditions of audit. May be naive.
Just take one writeup on FSI/FOI positions
1) For every 10 aircraft they need one FSI. There are ~600-700 CA
and ~400 GA
2) FSIs for every aircraft type they have according to condition 1.
3) FSIs have to be full time federal employees (not contractors), i.e., Indian citizen pilots with 1500+ hours
4) FSIs have to be trained on every aircraft type(including GA
/Helicopters) registered in the country
I don't see anyway DGCA
achieving this by 3/31(date DGCA
claiming they will be complaint)
Now, hiring 75 federal employees in a rush is a recipe for long term failure. There was a suggestion to rehire retirees, but federal permanent positions have a age limit for hiring. They cannot be fired.
It is very interesting how a fringe issue can downgrade entire country's aviation rating.
- AI has three 747s sitting around just to transport national leaders, DGCA not having a FSI is non-compliance.
- If a Billionaire buys G650 and DGCA registers without training one of their FSIs on G650 it is non-complaint.
- Any Indian can buy a GA kit plane, and DGCA registers it is non-complaint.
DGCA literally had no control on GA, they registered every possible aircraft type billionaires and charter operators purchased.
DGCA has to approach this issue differently. First they should de-register all the type they don't have FSIs. They should not allow any new registration without have sufficient FSIs for that type.
It would be better if they understand the extent of the task at hand, and do it properly. Just hiring 75 permanent employees in a rush and train them by 3/31 just to realize they are still not complaint. The way they are approaching come 3/31 will be a hard awakening with millions wasted.
[Edited 2014-02-04 05:45:56]