Unjustified pilot suspensions. Principles of Just Culture must be upheld and brazen misuse of aircraft rules stopped. Safety culture and trust must be promoted by DGCA and supported by all.
DGCA India has everything in their manuals which one would like to hear. The state safety policy talks about objectives, need for fostering and assist stakeholders in developing comprehensive Safety Management Systems (SMS) and will develop preventive safety strategies for the aviation system in an environment of a “just culture”.
I quote the India Safety Policy ” DGCA will implement proactive and as far as possible predictive strategies encouraging all stakeholders/ service providers to understand the benefits of a safety culture, which should be based on an inclusive reporting culture. DGCA will foster and assist stakeholders in developing comprehensive Safety Management Systems (SMS) and will develop preventive safety strategies for the aviation system in an environment of a “just culture”.
Unfortunately safety culture is at its infancy. At this precarious stage the trust between the pilots and the regulator has been broken by the brazen suspension of over 40 pilots for various reasons leading to incidents. It is not about protecting any one person but making an effort to understand the mindset and at least talk to the people responsible to find out the root cause rather than the symptom.
Huge resentment is brewing in the pilot community due to the high handedness of the regulator and unilaterally acting by taking advantage of the interpretation of a rule which permits them to suspend a license for any period of time.
I have written an appeal to the Director General and am hopeful that he will use his good office to uphold the tenets of safety and safety culture.