Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Turnaround Time of Flights Under DGCA Watch To Ensure Safety

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is keeping a close watch on the turnaround time at airports for all flights of domestic airlines to prevent technical glitches, two people aware of the development said.

"The move is to ensure there was sufficient time for all engineering checks in line with the global norms," an official in the know said, seeking anonymity.

The DGCA has also devised a method to calculate the flight time on a route, and the turnaround time required at airports for routine inspections between the arrival and departure of a flight to ensure more efficiency in flight operations and to prevent technical glitches, he added.

"The aim is to ensure airlines are not cutting corners and the checks are done as per protocol in a time-bound but disciplined manner," the official said.

The regulator had also conducted a special audit of airlines in July-August following a spurt in incidents related to technical glitches. DGCA had said that the primary reason for increased engineering-related incidents was due to insufficient certifying staff who failed to detect faults or defects in aircraft and report it properly. The regulator had then directed the airlines to appoint required type-rated certifying staff at all stations to ensure that any defect in an aircraft is properly rectified before it is certified for operations.

04/10/22 Anu Sharma/Mint/AviationPros

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