Thursday, March 16, 2017

When to take naps in cockpits? DGCA asks airlines to sensitise pilots

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) wants airlines to sensitise their crew on napping in cockpit.

The civil aviation regulator's move follows two recent instances of Air India and Jet Airways aircraft losing radio contact over Europe. In both instances Air Force jets escorted the London bound passenger planes.

"The standard operating procedures are already in place and we are asking the airlines to sensitise the pilots," said Director General of Civil Aviation B S Bhullar.

"We are awaiting the full investigation reports and I can not comment on whether both the pilots were found to be asleep in the two instances," Bhullar said.

The Boeing 777 and 787 type aircraft flown by Air India and Jet Airways have a pilot response warning systems and aural and visual message is flashed if no switch in cockpit is pressed for over 20 minutes, said a senior pilot. An analysis of digital flight data recorder will reveal whether warning messages were issued.
16/03/17 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard