Saturday, August 11, 2018

Operation of wide-bodied aircraft: more to NOC than meets the eye

Kozhikode: The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) may have given approval to Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) to operate Boeing 777-200 and the Airbus 330-300 under Code E owing to political pressure. But the three-page order of the Director of Operations (Aero Standards), D.C. Sharma, addressed to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman, Guruprasad Mohapatra, reveals there is more to it than meets the eye.

The order states that the airline company and the Calicut airport had been issued No Objection Certificate (NOC) based on the adequacy of safety assessment and mitigation measures to ensure safety of Code E aircraft operations by the airport operator.

Also, it has stated that the NOC did not cast any liability, financially or otherwise, to the aviation watchdog. Besides, the green signal given to Saudia would be reviewed after three years.
Further, the onus of aircraft removal plan has been jointly put on the airline and Calicut airport authorities in case of any incidents such as tire burst, aircraft running off the runway or taxiway.
11/08/18 The Hindu