Sunday, August 11, 2019

DGCA to conduct quarterly safety audits of airside operations at airports

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to conduct a quarterly safety audit of airside operations of all airports in order to check the rise in ground incidents and regulate the airside activities. The audit will commence after two months.

Pointing out the need for preventive measures because of a recent spike in ground incidents across airports, the regulator has told the operators that it has developed a detailed checklist to benchmark safety standards for the operations on the airside.

The regulator will audit an airport’s ground facilities, its turnaround and general safety procedures, and the movement of vehicles.

Underground facilities, ground servicing equipment, passenger boarding bridges, condition of the apron, marking and lighting, and availability of foreign object dustbin bins will be checked.

In order to regulate the movement of vehicles in the airside, their fitness and drivers and their knowledge with regard to geography of aerodrome, signs, marking, lighting, radiotelephony operating procedure, terms and phrases used in airside operations, adequate training of driving or operating the relevant vehicles, and the training of employees working at airside will also be checked.
The checklist also includes aircraft turnaround and general safety procedures such as fuelling, pushback, towing, marshalling, mooring, handling of arrival and departure.

The move comes in the background of a rise in ground incidents across airports. Delhi, which has the country’s busiest airport, has witnessed seven ground incidents since January.
10/08/19 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard

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