Saturday, November 17, 2018

No DGCA relief to planes with ‘faulty’ engines

New Delhi: India’s aviation regulator has refused to relent on the increased scrutiny of Airbus A320neo planes fitted with the troubled Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines that have on occasion stopped working midflight and forced the grounding of aircraft belonging to IndiGo and GoAir. This means these planes can’t be used on international routes, said people with knowledge of the matter.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it wants to see how the engines perform before deciding on the demand by IndiGo, the country’s biggest carrier, they said.
“The DGCA would monitor the performance of the neo (P&W) engines for at least three-four months after the replacement of combustion chamber Block B with combustion chamber Block C in the existing engines,” said a senior aviation ministry official. Planes with the engines are currently restricted to routes where an alternative airport is 60 minutes away. IndiGo wanted this Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) limit doubled to 120 minutes, so the planes could fly overseas, said the people. P&W has said that the US aviation regulator has allowed the EDTO limit for planes with these engines to be increased to 120 minutes.

Indian carriers are among the biggest customers for A320neos fitted with the engines, with numbers having gone up to 75 and more planes on the way.
17/11/18 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times