The DGCA, said in an official statement, that it will soon commence action on the observations made by the FAA team to take the corrective steps within the stipulated timeline.
Currently, Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages as well as regulates air traffic control officers in India posted at airports managed by the operator.
In September 2013, the Bell Helicopter model 212 departed from Juhu airport for Aurangabad with three passengers and two crew members on board and crashed about 37 minutes after taking off.
At present, licensing, certification of ATCOs are done by the AAI, which handles the air navigation services.
According to the crime branch, the note asked the plane to be flown straight to POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). It ended with the words, “Allah is Great”. The reference to POK made investigators suspicious because Pakistan-based terrorists call the area ‘Azad Kashmir’.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Ministry and the regulatory body — DGCA, on a PIL seeking capping of air fares charged by the airlines in the country from consumers.
The DGCA team is likely to file a report within three weeks. The Congress had filed an FIR with the Karnataka Police on Thursday, in which is claimed the autopilot of the aircraft was not functioning.
Travel websites state that the dip in travel could also be because of increased airfares between metropolitan sectors. In March, the flight ticket to Delhi from Mumbai, booked a week in advance, saw a seven per cent increase when compared to a regular advanced booking.
This includes conducting regular briefing sessions with pilots, personnel engaged in engineering, operations, owners/operators of helipad and chartering agencies, etc about the relevant rules and regulations laid down by the DGCA and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Following fresh P&W engine issues with Airbus A320neo aircraft, IndiGo and GoAir have cancelled flights for 10 days till March 24 and are offering alternate flying options or refunds to passengers.
All the grounded flights would not be allowed to fly till the faulty engines are replaced, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said as he sought to allay the collective apprehensions of passengers about flying safe
The snags with the engines have led to repeated grounding of airplanes in India. IndiGo had taken at least seven of its jets out of action by July last year, awaiting a fix for the engines. As recently as February, the DGCA had ordered IndiGo to not fly three of its jets.
The aviation regulator’s directive came hours after an IndiGo aircraft with the affected engine on the Ahmedabad-Lucknow route developed a mid-air snag shortly after take-off, that forced it to return to Ahmedabad.
The Air India’s counsel supported DGCA’s stand that said passenger’s right to claim compensation was not restricted by CAR and petitioner had not made any claim from Air India for not being permitted to travel from Delhi to Patna on December 12, 2015.
DGCA’s draft regulation on drones is a beginning. But it sidesteps important issues.