Wednesday, January 09, 2019

DGCA to issue additional safety protocol for airlines using P&W engines

Indian aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Wednesday said it will issue within a week an additional safety protocol directive to the airlines, which have been facing issues in Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus planes.
In a three-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the civil aviation ministry sat with senior executives of P&W, Airbus, Indigo and GoAir to review frequent on-ground and mid-air glitches that the P&W engines, powering certain Airbus planes, have been facing since their induction in early 2016.
"Based on these latest interactions, DGCA will issue an Additional Directive relating to Safety Protocols within a week to the airlines concerned. The situation is being continuously monitored by DGCA as part of its safety oversight system," the aviation body said in a statement Wednesday.
"So far in India, there have been 12 IFSDs (in-flight shutdowns) since entry into service of NEO engines beginning from March, 2016," it added.
The DGCA noted that the "IFSD"on account of these NEO engines in India has averaged 0.02 per 1,000 engine flight hours, which is considerably lower than the stringent global benchmark of 0.05 IFSD rates per 1,000 engine flight hours.
09/01/19 PTI/Economic Times

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