Bloomberg is running the story about the widespread fraud in the experience logs of pilots and first officers in India.
Anupam Verma has a certificate that shows he has flown an aircraft for 360 hours. He says he got it after sitting in the co-pilot’s seat for just 35 minutes.
The flying school was ready to give him a certificate for 1,000 hours of experience – without even flying a single time as a pilot! This would have enabled him to fly commercially.
Now this reminds me of a number of Indigo Air flights I had in 2012 and a number of very hard landings (under seemingly perfect flying conditions).
However in these sad news there is one glimpse of good news – even though we all ask ourselves of how safe is flying in India really – there have been precious few accidents.
Since 2000, the number of fatal aviation accidents in India has declined, data from Aviation Safety Network show. The last major airline disaster was in 2010, when an Air India Express plane overshot the runway in the city of Mangalore and burst into flames, killing 158 people.
This says a lot how safe flying really is – if you basically anyone can make up a certificate and learn ‘on the job’ and still take off and land safely – these planes must be well designed.