Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DGCA to make its engineers 'airworthy' before international audit

New Delhi: Nearly three to four years after hiring 120 engineers as airworthiness officers (AO), the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is training them to be fit their job description — inspecting planes and ensuring they fly safely.
The reason: These 120 engineers are from electrical or mechanical streams and know precious little about aircraft or aviation apart from having flown as passengers. Their recruitment was a bid back then to fill up vacancies in crucial wings of DGCA and get back India's safety ranking.
"The AOs hired are not at fault. Those who hired them have moved out from DGCA. They are very young people and have their entire life in front of them. We have to find a way of making them useful for the DGCA," said a highly-placed source.
DGCA chief B S Bhullar, who is preparing the ill-equipped DGCA for yet another international audit later this year, is learnt to have tied up with Air India engineering and Airport Authority of India's (AAI) National Institute of Aviation Management & Research (NIAMAR) for training the AOs.
Bhullar has worked out a six-month program for these yet-to-be airworthy AOs where they will undergo go three-month classroom sessions by NIAMAR and be taught all about aircraft. Then spend the remaining three months with AI engineering for practical training on aircraft.
23/05/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India