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Can Airline Transport Pilot License be denied on grounds that the applicant’s experience is with a foreign operator? Delhi High Court to consider issue [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 14 Jul 2021 10:28pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Can Airline Transport Pilot License be denied on grounds that the applicant’s experience is with a foreign operator? Delhi High Court to consider issue [READ ORDER]

A writ petition before the Delhi High Court has raised an interesting question as to whether a person having flying experience from a foreign operator and holding a valid commercial pilot license issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) can be denied issuance of an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) on the ground that his flying experience, which is a prerequisite for issuance of ATPL, is with a foreign operator.

The Bench of Justice Rekha Palli is set to consider the matter and has issued notice on the petition and sought response from the Director-General of Civil Aviation and posted the matter for October 12, 2021. 

The petition challenges the order issued by the Deputy General of Operations, DGCA which rejected the application for issuance of ATPL to a pilot currently employed working with Vietjet Airlines in Vietnam. 

DGCA rejected the application on the ground that the petitioner did not comply with the flying experience requirements as provided under Section A and M in Schedule II of the Aircraft Rules of 1937 read with Rule 67A which states that the flying experience acquired with a foreign operator cannot be considered towards issuance of an Indian license without submission of an application for conversion of an equivalent category of a foreign license issued by an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) contracting state. 

Advocates Tishampati Sen and Riddhi Sancheti, appearing for the petitioner submitted that the petitioner is fully qualified by Indian standards having requisite experience of 1500 hours… Continue Reading...


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