Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The X factor in Indian Aviation...

The Times of India says a budget airline, which it did not identify, has rehired a pilot who lost his medical because he's suspected of being epileptic. The newspaper says the condition was spotted during an electroencephalogram (EEG) and it was reported to the pilot and the airline. The newspaper says its sources claim the pilot went to the U.S. to recertify because an EEG is not required unless there is a history of brain injury or disease. The Times says its sources assume the pilot did not mention the failed EEG during the U.S. examination and was given his medical. On his return to India, the same airline that had to let him go for the failed medical rehired him. India's director-general of civil aviation Kanu Gohain has promised to investigate. "We will look into the matter. How can he fly in India if he failed medicals here?" Gohain said. The newspaper also claims that there is a pilot flying in India on a single transplanted kidney. Whether that's a violation of medical regulations isn't clear, but the Times said it's indicative of the desperate shortage of "qualified" pilots as a new "retirement bubble" looms. "After the retirement age was increased from 60 to 65 in 2004, retirements froze for a while as 60-plus commanders continued to fly. But there will be a spate of retirements in 2009

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can U throw some light on the growth prospects of the aviation industry(India) in regards to the increasing fuel rates and the charges of airlines in premium sectors???

Rahul said...

thnx for the question... i will definitely come up with the same... plz give me time for a couple of days...

Rahul said...

With the increasing fuel cost... the aviation industry is surely going to get a hit, as LCC are not able to provide tickets at lower costs, turning away the price concious travellers.
As the industry is bleeding already the airlines are charging premium fares on busy routes like Del - Mum. etc... to cover up there loses, passengers in these routes will fly whatever the price may be.

The Engineer's Diary said...

jet Lite is LCC

The Engineer's Diary said...
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Rahul said...

I Believe Jet Lite is a Value Carrier rather than a LCC, as it offers food on its flight, whereas the definition of LCC's all over the world says being no frill airline.

The Engineer's Diary said...

Hmmmmm but the real objective of Jet Air and Air Sahara Deal is to differntiate in Market
Jet Air as Value Air Line and Jet Lite as LCC

Rahul said...

I agree that the deal between Jet Airways & Air Sahara is to differentiate market & create a new positioning as a value carrier for Jet Lite. Jet Airways is already a premium airline it cannot & should not position as a value carrier.

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