In calendar year 2015, there were 43 cases of violations by pilots and all were related to alcohol positive cases.Action was initiated against pilots in 28 cases this year till July for violation of flying rules, including testing alcohol positive during pre-flight tests, Parliament was informed on Tuesday. Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, informed Rajya Sabha that 26 cases of pilots being tested positive for alcohol during pre-medical tests were detected till July 31. There was one case of violation of “cockpit/cabin discipline” and another on operating flight beyond validity of pilot proficiency check, says the written reply.
In calendar year 2015, there were 43 cases of violations by pilots and all were related to alcohol positive cases. A total of 98 instances of violations by pilots were recorded in 2014, including three cases of allowing unauthorised entry into the cockpit. “The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued warnings to three pilots of IndiGo Airlines who had taken selfies when the aircraft was on ground,” Sinha said.
Last month, some pilots of IndiGo came under the scanner of regulator DGCA for allegedly taking pictures in the cockpit with family members. In a separate written reply, Sinha said the Ministry would focus on core areas including revival of 50 unserved/ under-served airports in tier II and tier III towns/cities, as part of the regional connectivity scheme in a phased manner from 2016-17 to 2019-20.The proposed infrastructure spending in airports owned by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in the next three years is Rs 9,770 crore, he noted. Out of this, Rs 5,000 crore will be spent on new projects and upgradation and expansion of 10 airports. Besides, Rs 2,700 crore would be spent on upgradation work, currently in progress at 19 airports.