Scary stuff that’s been going on for years in India as low cost carriers race to find qualified pilots. In an extreme example, a certificate that notes 360 hours in the air was obtained after flying just 35 minutes! From the pilot who obtained it:
“What if I was flying and had an emergency? I wouldn’t even know how or where to land,” Verma, 25, said in an interview. “We’d kill not only the passengers, but we might crash in a village and kill even more people.”
As per Bloomberg, hours are being logged in aircraft that don’t even have engines:
“The fudging of log books is rampant both in airlines and in flying clubs,” said Mohan Ranganathan, a former commercial pilot and aviation safety consultant based in Chennai. He said the 2011 audit found violations in most flying clubs in the country. “Hours were logged with aircraft not even in airworthy condition. One aircraft had no engines but several hundred hours were logged.”
Check out the two videos below and the full article for the scary details.