Tuesday, September 11, 2018

India stares at an air safety crisis as disgruntled CNS officers intend to cede ratings over recruitment, allowance row

New Delhi:  A total 1,024 of 1.200 certified officers of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) department of Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided to surrender their proficiency on 24 September after a meeting on 28 August between the management and officers on the intervention of Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu failed to resolve issues plaguing the critical unit meant for air safety. The CNS is the backbone of Air Traffic Services for the safe and smooth operation of aircraft at the airports and in the Indian airspace.
“Although CNS officers would continue to work at the airports across the country, they would do so without the ratings or license which they have earned after rigorous training on various systems like radar, automated displays, Very High-Frequency System (VHF) systems that assist Air Traffic Control to communicate with the aircraft. The AAI indifference towards concerns of CNS officers and the subsequent move could definitely affect the maintenance of critical systems and the air safety,” an officer requesting anonymity said.

Moreover, the move by CNS officers could trigger concerns in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), an international body to oversee civil aviation standards across the globe and Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) since officers working without rating and proficiency in CNS is clear violation of laid down aviation norms.
11/09/18 Yatish Yadav/First Post