Monday, December 23, 2019

Increase low visibility operations window at IGI Airport when visibility declines, DGCA to airlines

New Delhi: Following the early onset of fog on Friday (Dec 20) and significant flight disruption caused by that, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked airlines to increase the window of low visibility operations to and from fog-ridden Delhi Airport. Airlines need to mandatorily roster pilots trained for CAT IIIB landing and low visibility take off (LVTO) at IGI Airport for 13 hours daily between 9 pm and 10 am from December 10 to February 10. “We have directed airlines to constantly monitor weather and increase this window of rostering pilots trained to operate in fog to and fro Delhi when there is a declining visibility trend by planning early,” DGCA chief Arun Kumar said.

Following Friday’s experience, airlines have accordingly been further advised to “increase fog period requirement from as far as possible to before 9 pm and constantly monitor weather and coordinate with other agencies when a reducing visibility trend is shown.”
22/12/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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