Fake Licence Raj
The pilot licence racket and how it operates
1 Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL): Issued by flying schools. To qualify for a CPL, a candidate needs to log in a minimum of 200 hours. Schools, however, issue licences just after 40-50 hours of flying for a consideration.
The CPL has to be verified by the DGCA. Currently, there is no audit of whether flying schools are sticking to norms.
2 Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL): A pre-requirement for a pilot to become a commander, you get it after clearing a written test conducted by the DGCA. Results can be tampered through touts/DGCA officials. Cost: Rs 5-12 lakh
3 Jobs in an airline: Middlemen are contacted through senior pilots. Cost of landing a job: Rs 12-25 lakh
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