Aviation regulator DGCA has commenced special safety audit of IndiGo and Vistara as part of its ongoing exercise to review and assess safety mechanism across domestic airlines in the wake of the recent Air India Express plane crash, a top official has said.

Kangana flight chaos: DGCA warns airlines

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India’s aviation regulator on Saturday warned airlines that a repeat of the unruly scenes witnessed on an IndiGo aircraft that flew actress Kangana Ranaut from Chandigarh to Mumbai this Wednesday, will lead to the airline being suspended from operating that route — on which such an instance takes place — for two weeks.

The DGCA has ordered airlines to resume pre-flight alcohol tests for pilots and cabin crew members. The aviation regulator had on March 29 this year suspended breath analyser test for “all aviation personnel” like pilots, cabin crew members, ground handling staff and air traffic controllers due to the “extraordinary” circumstances posed by Covid-19 pandemic.

India has ordered a special audit of its carriers beginning with the cash-starved Air India and SpiceJet, in a bid to ensure that weak finances of airlines is not having any safety implications.

Two AirAsia India top officials, Capt Manish Uppal, head of operations and Capt Mukesh Neema, head of air safety have been suspended for a period of three months by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for alleged safety violations.

In a fallout of last Friday’s Air India Express crash-landing at Calicut, the DGCA has temporarily barred wide body aircraft operations from this table-top airport. The DGCA has also started an audit of 10 to 12 airports in heavy rain areas where physical examination will be conducted of several factors like runway friction, slope, area … Continue reading DGCA to audit 12 airports in heavy rain areas

Aviation authorities will inspect the Boeing 737s of SpiceJet, Vistara and Air India Express — the three airlines that use this aircraft in India. The DGCA took this step after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing 737s that have not flown for seven or … Continue reading DGCA directs airlines to inspect their Boeing 737s

Air Asia India is under the regulator probe for alleged violation of safety practices. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has issued show cause notice to the JV airline’s head of flight operations and safety. The violations are learnt to be related to pilot fatigue and a landing technique of questionably using flaps in a … Continue reading Safety concern: DGCA issues show cause to AirAsia India

India could allow schedule international commercial flights on some routes next month. While extending overall suspension of these regular passenger flights to 11.59 pm of July 15, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in an order Friday: “International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case … Continue reading Int’l flights to remain suspended till July 15: DGCA

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has launched a probe into AirAsia India after a pilot levelled allegations of safety breaches by the airline on social media. The pilot, who the airline officials say has been suspended pending inquiry into disciplinary charges, had levelled charges in a video that went viral on Monday.

With number of flights drastically low these days and manpower at some airports also reduced, the presence of birds and other wildlife in the green areas around airports has increased and so have the chances of bird hits and animal incursions in operational areas.

In the view of the government order, aviation regulator DGCA on Saturday decided to extend the domestic and international passenger flight suspension till May 17. The ministry of home affairs on Friday extended the lockdown by two weeks as the deadly coronavirus cases continued to rise. The lockdown, first announced on March 23, was supposed … Continue reading DGCA extends flight suspension till May 17

The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and DGCA on a plea seeking directions to airlines operating domestic and international fights in India to refund full amount collected for tickets due to cancellation of flights in wake of the lockdown and restrictions imposed to contain Covid-19 pandemic.

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday announced that it is temporarily extending the validity of airworthiness review certificate (ARC) of all aircraft, which are permitted to operate during the 21-day lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus, till July 3.

Schedule domestic passenger flights, like international ones, will restart from the midnight of April 14-15, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Friday. Earlier this week, DGCA had ordered the suspension of domestic flights up to the month-end. However, the govt announced a 21-day lockdown, ending April 14, to contain Covid-19 pandemic.

India’s aviation regulator DGCA on Friday extended the validity of pilots’ licences that were nearing expiry by 90 days, noting that they were facing issues in completing various requirements due to the restrictions imposed to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

Schedule domestic passenger flights, like international ones, will restart from the midnight of April 14-15, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Friday. Earlier this week, DGCA had ordered the suspension of domestic flights up to the month-end. However, the govt announced a 21-day lockdown, ending April 14, to contain Covid-19 pandemic.

All international commercial passenger flights will remain suspended till April 14, aviation regulator DGCA announced on Thursday, amid a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The DGCA on March 19 had announced that no international commercial passenger flight operations will take place in India from March 23 to March 29.

Despite coronavirus’ dark shadow on travel, India saw 1.2 crore people flying within the country last month — up almost 9% from 1.1 crore in February 2019. The first two months of this year have seen 2.5 crore domestic flyers, an increase of 5.4% from 2.4 crore in January-February 2019 period, according to DGCA data … Continue reading Coronavirus scare spared domestic air travel in February, shows DGCA data

All aircraft need to have hand sanitizers and ensure that their crew are given personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves. DGCA on Tuesday directed all airlines to place hand sanitizers in “sufficient quantity and placed in common areas such as lavatories/ galleys. Availability of soap in the lavatories shall also be ensured.”

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has made it mandatory for aircraft flying in from Italy, South Korea and Japan to India to be disinfected thoroughly. All incoming passengers on these flights to India will need to be screened and if any flyer shows symptoms of coronavirus, then the aircraft will have to undergo … Continue reading Disinfect aircraft before next flight: DGCA

In a bid to make flying safer, flight crew and air traffic controllers (ATCO) will now be tested for drug abuse, just like breath-analyser (BA) checks to ensure that they are not tipsy. DGCA chief, Arun Kumar has ordered “random drug testing for the consumption of (10) psychoactive substances” like cocaine, marijuana/hashish, MDMA or ecstasy … Continue reading DGCA to test aviation personnel for drug use

As per DGCA circular issued on Friday, passengers flying in from Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore to India will also be screened for Coronavirus apart from those coming from China and Hong Kong. This enhanced scope for screening order by India covers passengers flying here from almost all main southeast Asian destinations and far … Continue reading Flyers from Japan, S. Korea to be screened

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended the flying licence of an AirAsia India captain for three months, for runway incursion at Mumbai Airport last year. The regulator took this decision after probing the airline’s flight I5-374 which was preparing to depart from Mumbai for Indore on November 5 when it mistakenly entered … Continue reading DGCA suspends AirAsia India pilot for runway incursion