DGCA sets up panel to study a faster, cheaper pilot training programme

India is studying an alternate method of training commercial pilots that requires less hour of flying a training aircraft — hence lowering costs for aspiring aviators — and more in simulators.

Director General of Civil Aviation chief Arun Kumar has set up an internal panel to study the pros and cons of this “multi crew pilot license” (MPL) system. About 60 countries, like EU nations, Singapore, Japan and UK have already adopted UN aviation arm International Civil Aviation Organisations’ (ICAO) MPL standards.

Recently a number of international organisations met aviation authorities in India, requesting it to consider the MP which also allows quicker shifting between different types of planes, like from a Boeing 737 to an Airbus A320.

“We are examining the MPL system of training pilot with an open mind. Arun Kumar has set up a five-member panel which will submit its report in a month. Read More

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