Monday, January 18, 2021

DGCA issues fresh guidelines on cross-country training flights

Chandigarh: To address operational constraints and enhance the safety aspects, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued fresh guidelines on the conduct of cross-country flights by training institutes for the issue of private or commercial pilot license.

The civil regulator has directed flying training organisations to incorporate the new guidelines in their training syllabus within three months and get the revised operating procedures approved from it.

Under the Indian Aircraft Rules, it is mandatory for trainee pilots to undertake cross-country flights by day and night and pass the required tests. The minimum number of hours of cross-country flying and distance prescribed for obtaining a private pilot’s license, commercial pilot’s license or an airline transport pilot’s license are different.

Flight planning, route assessment, in-flight procedures, communication, navigation, emergencies and contingencies and identification of a landing site by the training organisations and the role of flying instructors have been dealt with in the guidelines received by the flying training organisations this month.

18/01/21 Vijay Mohan/Tribune

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