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Friday 20 July 2012

Why DGCA chief Bharat Bhushan was dismissed


It is not often that the head of a regulator is removed by the nodal ministry, even after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by the prime minister, clears an extension. 

But, that's what recently happened to E K Bharat Bhushan, head of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Bhushan, who recently got an extension from ACC, was ultimately shifted to the steel ministry as additional secretary and financial advisor. A joint secretary in the civil aviation ministry was asked to take charge.

What could have triggered his exit  ? Officials widely believe that Bhushan's opposition to a proposal allowing import of 15-year-old aircraft and allowing non-scheduled operators permit (NSOP) were the factors.

But the trigger could have been his plan to issue a show-cause notice to Kingfisher Airlines  . Kingfisher denied any involvement in his sacking, and the ministry produced a letter from the DGCA, giving a clean chit to the airline. Bhushan refrained from commenting for the story.

A 55-year-old Indian Administrative Service officer from the Kerala cadre, Bhushan holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University, where he was an Edward Mason international fellow.

He was widely considered one of the most active DGCA heads in the recent past.

Bhushan was responsible for busting a ring responsible for producing pilots with fake certificates, and action was taken even against DGCA officials who were found guilty.

The licence-granting process was computerised to prevent a repeat of such incidents. In a first, he also started the financial surveillance of airlines to make sure they do not compromise passenger safety.

Bhushan's peers call him a no-nonsense officer, who would not take any issue casually.

When a report of an aircraft that was landed by an IndiGo  pilot on its front wheels reached Bhushan's table, he checked the pilot's records, only to discover she had a fake licence.

An enquiry was instantly ordered, the pilot sacked, and the system cleaned, with checks and balances put in place.

Happy Landings ..........

Capt Shekhar Gupta
AeroSoft Corp
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Thursday 19 July 2012

Career Opportunities: Pilot


Job Number 902 - Posted 07/04/2012 - Flight Operations - Calgary, AB (YYC) - English/French - WestJet

Looking for a great place to work? A place where an award-winning culture means empowerment, teamwork and a passion for what you do?  Then think WestJet. It's a great place to land.

WestJet is an organization recognized by its delivery of a remarkable guest experience resulting in us achieving over $3B in sales. In order for our best-in-class airline to be this successful, we require the skills and talents of professionals like you to ensure our ongoing growth. In an industry that is dominated by legacy competitors, you have the opportunity to build your career with an organization driven by progressive strategies, leadership and practices. If you are looking to break out of the status quo by joining a company with a strong growth plan, which consistently ranks as one of the most profitable airlines in the world, and which has a vision to be a top five international airline, WestJet is the place for you!

·         Assist the Pilot-In-Command in the management of the flight and manipulation of the aircraft controls in accordance with the direction of the Pilot In Command.
·         Participate in the execution of flight deck, emergency, checklist, and instrument approach procedures as directed by the Pilot In Command, and in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Aircraft Flight Manual and Company approved procedures.
·         Work with entire crew to ensure the safety and comfort of WestJet Guests.
·         Other duties as outlined in the Company Operations Manual.
Industry Experience/Qualifications:
·         Transport Canada Airline Transport Pilot’s License (Aeroplane).
·         2,500 hours total time (Please note that if you have Second Officer time, only half of the Second Officer hours will be applied to total time).
·         1,000 hours fixed wing Pilot In Command experience.
·         500 hours fixed wing multi-engine experience.
·         Valid Transport Canada Class 1 instrument rating.
·         Valid Transport Canada Class 1 medical.
·         High School Diploma.
·         Possess valid Transport Canada Restricted Area Pass or be able to obtain same within 6 weeks of commencing ground school training.
·         English - oral & written fluency is required.
·         French - oral fluency an asset.
General Skills Description:
·         Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills.
·         High degree of motivation and commitment to work with a team in a fast paced, dynamic
Conditions of Employment:
·         Successful completion of training program (approximately 6 weeks).
·         As a condition of employment, pilots must be able to obtain an airport restricted area pass within 6 weeks of commencing ground school.
·         Completion of a criminal background check will be required

WestJet flies our current fleet of 98 aircraft to 75 destinations across Canada, the US, and the Caribbean. We are recognized as a Top Employer in Canada and our more than 8500 employees work hard to ensure we maintain our position as one of Canada’s most respected corporate cultures. In 2013 WestJet will be launching a regional carrier that will continue to ensure our amazing growth.
We would like to thank all applicants in advance for sending in their resumes. Only those who qualify will be considered for the role.  WestJet is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. WestJet's hiring policy is to recruit and select the best applicant for employment solely on the basis of their qualifications for the position. WestJet does not discriminate against applicants based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability or a conviction for which a pardon has been granted.  Safety comes first at WestJet.

Happy Landings

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Mission To Canada


To Promote

No Frill
Low Cost
Recession Proof
Win-Win Aviation KPO Services.

Our Vision
During the Global Aviation Recession period we aim at making our aviation KPO services no frill , low cost and win-win for every one. Even in the period of lot of recession the real performer always survives and win.

Introduction About Canada
Canada is a land of vast distances and rich natural resources . Economically and technologically  the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border, with its French-speaking residents and unique culture, to the remainder of the country.

Why Canada…
Canadians place great importance on   learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education as a percentage of GDP, and is the second highest among G-8 countries.

One of the Best Places in the World to Live…..
Canada has ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the world since 1994 according to the United Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

High Standard of Living
Canadians enjoy a standard of living among the highest in the world. Almost 70 per cent of Canadians own their own homes, durable goods and also has an extensive health care system and social security network.

Welcoming Environment
Canada has traditionally been a country of immigrants and has a policy of encouraging multicultural diversity. In this vibrant setting, different perspectives are respected and learning together is encouraged.

A Safe Place To Study
Canada is considered to be a relatively peaceful, safe and orderly country. Its violent crime rate decreased for ten consecutive years from 1993 to 2003. Unlike its US neighbours to the south, firearms are strictly controlled and generally are not permitted.

A High Tech Country
Canada is an international leader in
Computers and IT.
Medical Devices
Environmental Industries

Indo Canadian Aviation

Aviation Scope
The aviation industry has shown  growth in recent years with
High GDP Growth
Industrial Performance
Corporate Profitability
Higher Disposable Incomes
Growth In Consumer Spending
Availability Of Low Fares.

Current scenario:
The current growth rate in domestic and international travel exceeds 25%, the highest in the world.
In the period April-September 2009, the total aircraft movements witnessed an increase of 29.6% year-on-year to 494.92 thousand aircraft movements, as compared to 318.89 thousand during April-September 2008.
The Indian domestic market grew at almost 50% in the first half of 2009. On average, full service carriers are shedding a remarkable 1.5% of market share every month to low cost carriers.

Future scenario:
The aviation industry is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 25% till 2012.
By 2012 Indian airports will be handling between 90 and 100 million passengers per year, as against the current 34 million passengers.
It is expected that nearly 80% of this growth will be driven by the low cost carrier segment (LCC).

Best Airlines in Canada

Air Canada
Air Canada is an international airline providing service to 65 Canadian cities, 97 U.S. cities and 97 other countries with multiple locations in many of them. It is Canada's largest airline and the largest airline flying in the Canadian marketplace. Air Canada has an on-time record of 89 percent and a commitment to safety both inside and outside the plane.

West Jet
West Jet is an airline that strives for low fares as well as a safe and comfortable flight for its customers. It is an international airline flying to over 60 destinations, including Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and international destinations such as Cuba, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is a fairly new airline, founded in 1996, and is financially sound.

Air North
Air North is the airline for the Yukon as well as British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The airline has stations in eight cities and is strictly a domestic company. They have been in business for over 30 years, and offer charter services as well.

There are many other airlines flying in and out of Canada. The list includes

     United Airlines
     American Airlines
     Northwest Airlines
     U.S. Airlines
     Air France
     Air China

Aviation BOOM!
Thanks to the booming Civil Aviation Industry - it has helped people travel to the nook and corners of the world, within just few hours.
India is also witnessing a steep increase in the number of passengers, traveling to and from the country and reaching all parts of the world via air.
The increase in the air passenger traffic in India has resulted in an explosion in the number of international airlines, flying to the country.
Some of the prominent names in the civil aviation industry, including Lufthansa, Fly Emirates, British Airways, etc.

Why To Choose Aviation as a Career.
Everybody has dreamt once of becoming a Pilot during their childhood and few are able to make it possible.
Becoming a Pilot takes lot of pain and labour,
As it is one of the prestigious profession one can dream of and take the challenge to achieve it.
However, a career as a Pilot is an option that will allows to undertake a passion on a daily basis, with the added bonus of earning a more than reasonable salary from doing what you love.

Its  Time to Stop Dreaming Start Flying

Mission To Canada

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Sunita Williams along with two other cosmonauts today successfully docked their Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station

Houston, Jul 17 (PTI) Record-setting Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams along with two other cosmonauts today successfully docked their Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station (ISS) for a four-month long stay during which they will conduct over 30 scientific missions.

46-year-old NASA astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide arrived at the ISS after two days in orbit.

"Everything is perfect," Malenchenko radioed Russia''s Mission Control Center in Korolev after docking with the space station.

Their Russian spacecraft -- Soyuz TMA-05M -- docked automatically with the Rassvet module at around 10:21 IST.

The crew took off to the ISS successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday for a four-month long mission to the space station.

This is the second space mission for Williams. She also holds the record of the longest spaceflight -- 195 days -- for woman space travellers.

The crew which will return home in mid-November is expected to conduct over 30 scientific missions during their stay aboard the ISS.

In the space, Williams and her team of astronauts also plan an orbital sporting event to mark the Summer Olympics in London.

Williams and her crewmates will join the three others already living on the space station : commander Gennady Padalka of Russia, his cosmonaut colleague Sergei Revin, and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, who have all been in space since May.

The six crew members will work together for about two months.

Happy Landings ..........

Capt Shekhar Gupta
AeroSoft Corp
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Monday 16 July 2012

Happy Landings Captain Sunita :-)

Williams, 46, Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko of Russia and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 8.40 am Sunday (8.10 am India Time), NASA said.

They will dock to the Rassvet module Tuesday at 12:52 a.m. to join Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin at the space station. Williams will take over as Commander when the old team returns.

Daughter of an Indian American father from Gujarat and a Slovenian mother, Williams and her colleagues will be aboard the station during an exceptionally busy period that includes two spacewalks, the arrival of Japanese, US commercial and Russian resupply vehicles, and an increasingly faster pace of scientific research, the US space agency said.

Williams is the second woman of Indian heritage to have been selected by NASA for a space mission after Kalpana Chawla and the second astronaut of Slovenian heritage after Ronald M. Sega.

She holds three records for female space travellers: longest spaceflight (195 days), number of spacewalks (four), and total time spent on spacewalks (29 hours and 17 minutes) during her first space journey in 2006.

A 1987 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Williams served in various roles as a Navy officer before being selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1998. She received a master's degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.

Happy Landings  Captain Sunita :-)

Capt Shekhar Gupta
AeroSoft Corp
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Virgin Galactic's space ship fare-paying passengers with their blast off scheduled for December 2013.

Virgin chief Richard Branson has come out with a time frame on his plan to launch tourists into space, claiming he and his family would kick off the effort for fare-paying passengers with their blast off scheduled for December 2013.

He also announced that Virgin Galactic, an expansion at his fledgling commercial space company, to include a satellite-launching service that would put pay loads into orbit using a low-cost rocket system.

The British entrepreneur who was speaking at the UK's Farnborough International Airshow, said his adult children, Holly and Sam, would accompany him on board the SpaceShipTwo on its pioneering two-hour voyage into sub-orbital space.

"It'll certainly be the most momentous moment of my life and my children's lives," Branson told CNN. "It'll be very difficult to ever cap it I think. Anyone who has ever been into space says the same thing."

Among the 529 would-be astronauts who have signed up so far for seats aboard the two-hour flights are celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher.

According to Virgin executives, the figure was a milestone as it exceeded the existing number of space veterans, with 600 hundred expected to fly in the first two years of service.

Launched from a carrier vessel known as WhiteKnightTwo, Virgin Galactic's space ship is capable of carrying two pilots and six passengers and is currently undergoing testing in the Mojave Desert in California. However, a replica was displayed at Farnborough

Kingfisher pilot strike leaves 40 flights cancelled


Close to 40  Kingfisher flights were cancelled  due to a strike by pilots to protest non-payment of wages for almost five months.

Three flights from Mumbai and several across the airline’s entire network were cancelled.

An airlines spokesperson said, “A certain section of employees have decided to stay away from duties due to salary payments not being credited to the bank accounts of all employees by Friday. Kingfisher wishes to state that more than 75 percent of employees have actually received their promised salaries on Friday”.

Three flights from Mumbai and several across the airline’s entire network were cancelled.
“We have further promised that the balance of our employees will receive their salaries by Monday”, the spokesman said.

The passengers booked on these flights have either been re-booked or given refunds, he said.

This is the third time in the last 12 days that the pilots have struck work. The earlier strike on 11 July saw 12 flights getting cancelled.

The strike on 2 July was called off after a few hours with the management promising to pay some sections of staff from 6 July.

Kingfisher is, at present, carrying out truncated domestic and international operations with about 15 aircraft, in place of 64.

A large number of its flight engineers have reportedly quit over the past five months, primarily due to delayed payments. In April, around 200 engineers reported sick as a mark of protest over the issue.

The airline, which has not posted profit since inception in May 2005, has reported a loss of Rs 1,151.50 crore in the March quarter, has a debt of over Rs 7,500 crore and almost an equal amount of accumulated losses.

Kingfisher Airlines chief, chairman Vijay Mallya today appealing in a letter to the carrier's striking pilots called on them to "work together to restore Kingfisher to its rightful place in the Aviation industry".

"I really hope that good sense will prevail. I am doing my best. If some of you think that cancelling flights, speaking to media, or disgracing our company will produce cash and salaries, you are wrong. This only makes my recapitalisation efforts more difficult by causing concern and apprehension among our potential investors," Mallya wrote.

"One of the main reasons that has motivated me into investing more money to keep Kingfisher flying is that I see light ahead," the letter said

A section of debt-ridden airlines' pilots struck work over non-payment of salaries and other dues for the past five months, that led to cancellation of 40 flights across its network, according to an airline official.

Sunday 15 July 2012

DGCA chief gets marching orders

In a sudden development, the Civil Aviation Ministry gave marching orders to the DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan on Tuesday evening with immediate effect. The 1979 batch Kerala cadre IAS officer had  got six months extension just a week ago.

There was no official word on the reasons for his removal, but there were speculation that DGCA notice to Kingfisher to ground its operation for breach of safety norms, may have led to his exit.  Bhushan had also issued notices to Air India and Kingfisher Airlines to pay dues to their employees.

Bhushan, an IAS officer of the 1979 batch from Kerala cadre, took over from Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi in December 2010 as DGCA chief. He will continue to serve as Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor in the Civil Aviation Ministry, official sources said.

He handed over charges to Prashant Narain Sukul, a Joint Secretary in the Ministry, who would also be holding the position as an additional charge, they said.

As the Director General of Civil Aviation, Bhushan brought in stringent measures to prevent airlines from compromising on safety matters on account of their financial trouble.

He had bluntly told loss-making Air India and Kingfisher Airlines to pay up the employees’ dues. Both the airlines have defaulted on timely payment of salaries and allowances for several months. Bhushan had said that safety could be adversely affected by a demotivated staff, particularly a pilot, an engineer or a cabin crew if they were not paid their salaries and dues.

During his 20-month tenure as the head of the aviation regulatory body, 57-year-old Bhushan handled a series of major cases of flouting of aviation rules, including the fake pilots scam and fudging of records by flying schools.

Bhushan was actively involved in the Mangalore air crash investigations and had brought in big changes by computerising licensing examinations for pilots and engineers. He was appointed Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Air India in 2009 for a few months, after incumbent Raghu Menon left the national carrier as its Managing Director in 2009.

Three months ago, a search committee set up to find his replacement had failed to select a suitable candidate, following which his tenure was extended till further orders. For the post of DGCA, an IAS officer has to spend considerable time in the Civil Aviation Ministry to get to know about the complexities of the aviation sector.

Speculation is rife that the DGCA bureaucrat was shunted out to placate a top airline honcho. The timing of the move has stirred a hornets’ nest in the troubled Directorate. Ministry sources were tight-lipped on what prompted the sudden move.


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Its Global Aviation Recession, Pilots must co operate Pilots’ strike grounds over 40 Kingfisher Airlines flights


Its Global Aviation Recession, Pilots must co operate, Pilots’ strike grounds over 40 Kingfisher Airlines flights. 

 About 75-80 Kingfisher Airlines pilots went on a strike on Saturday, leading to the cancellation of over 40 flights across the country. The grounded flights included seven from Mumbai. The pilots were protesting the delay in the payment of salary.

Dubbing Saturday an 'important' and 'sad' day, KFA promoter Vijay Mally warned his staff that the strike would only add to problems. Urging them not to "disgrace" the airline, he warned that damaging the reputation of the carrier in the eyes of the public would not produce cash.

The airline said it had paid (February's) salary to 75% of its staff and would pay the rest by Monday. Unhappy with the strike, DGCA Prashant Sukul has warned that the carrier "would be reviewed" next week if the stir did not end by Monday

Friday 13 July 2012

Possible Airlines Pilot shortage raises safety concerns