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Issues taken up with management - 2006



11 July 2006


The Director General of Civil Aviation
DGCA Building
New Delhi

[Kind attention: Shri K Gohain, DGCA]

Familiarisation Flight for Air traffic Controllers



As you are aware the issue of Familiarisation Flights for Air Traffic Controllers in Domestic and International sectors has been hanging fire since 1997. The on-now-off-now status of the issue has long turned it into a farce. This is despite everyone in aviation acknowledging the benefits of ATCOs being familiarised with latest cockpits, cockpit procedures and Pilotís workload. You yourself have time and again stressed the necessity of such flights for ATCOs.

The ATC Guild (India) very well understands the reasons which have contributed to this farcical situation. They are:

  1. Airports Authority of India management views Familiarisation Flights for ATCOs as an unnecessary perk to them rather than an ICAO-mandated mandatory training procedure. (DOC 9426)

  2. The Airlines management views this as something which causes loss of saleable flight seats especially when there is no pressure exerted either by the Ministry or the AAI.

ATC Guild (India) has time and again reasoned with all the authorities about the necessity of familiarisation flights for its members in making the Indian skies safer. Even though everybody without any exception has now acknowledged the need, even on the occasion of ATC Day celebrations Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation termed discontinuation of FAM flights as a historical mistake; the indifferent and inflexible attitude of the Airlines Operators coupled with the lack of initiative on the part of AAI does not fetch any solution.

The Guild now request you, the supreme regulatory authority on Civil Aviation matters in India, to urgently look into this issue and issue necessary directions to both the Airports Authority of India and the Airlines to immediately act so as to remove this serious deficiency towards providing enhanced safe skies to the passengers.

With regards,

D K Behera
General Secretary

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