Wednesday, October 12, 2016

DGCA to probe aircraft maintenance companies over irregularities

Mumbai: After a number of malpractices were found in the repair and maintenance jobs carried out on aircraft owned by private individuals and charter companies, the Indian civil aviation regulator has decided to carry out a risk-based assessment and focused inspection on all aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations (MRO) located in India.
An MRO company carries out periodic maintenance checks, repairs and overhauls, that is, it undertakes the jobs needed to ensure aircraft safety and airworthiness. TOI had reported the previous Thursday that the regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), had suspended licences of three aircraft maintenance engineers employed with Mumbai-based Indamer Aviation Pvt Ltd, after its audit unearthed rampant forging of signatures of engineers on flight record books and aircraft mainten ..
In this matter, the DGCA also initiated action against the director and CEO of Indamer and four other officials belonging to the MRO and two aircraft charter firms.
The current DGCA order issued by the K P Srivastava, deputy director general of civil aviation, on September 29 says that their audit of an MRO revealed a number of violations. For instance, aircraft maintenance engineers “releasing the aircraft for test flight without actually performing the required inspection and without actually being present at the location,“ it said.
12/10/16 Manju V/Economic Times