Thursday, January 03, 2019

Airlines don’t have CAT-III trained pilots

New Delhi: Ten domestic flights were diverted from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport today mostly due to pilot noncompliance according to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).
That means airlines are still flouting the rules laid down by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) — as all airlines have been asked to ensure that their crews are trained to fly using CAT-III system. And both the commander and the co-pilot flying in and out of Delhi would have to be trained to fly in zero visibility.

As per sources, except for Air India and Jet Airways, not many pilots of the other airlines are trained to fly in CAT-III conditions. And till date not all pilots of private airlines are trained to fly using CAT-III system, which leads to these delays.
RK Jenamani, Director, IMD, Delhi Region and Indira Gandhi International Airport, said shallow to moderate fog would continue to linger Delhi in coming days with minimum temperature in the range of 4 to 5° Celsius.
Thick fog paralysed flights operations today from 7.30 am to 9.30 am. While flight departures resumed after two hours, passengers faced snags till afternoon, said DIAL official.
03/01/19 Prateek Chauhan/Tribune