Friday, June 30, 2023

Regulator warns airlines over 'guests' being allowed in cockpit

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued an advisory to all airlines asking them to sensitise their pilots and cabin crew regarding the authorised categories of people who can enter an aircraft cockpit.

Any unauthorised entry will be dealt with strictly and may also invite stringent enforcement action, reads the notice.

The advisory clearly specifies the authorised persons who can enter an aircraft cockpit and occupy the jump seat.

"As per the Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) 17 of 2019, it includes only the crew members, an officer of the Civil Aviation Department, an officer of the India Meteorological Department, an officer of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the rank of Joint Secretary and above, an employee of the aircraft operator, officials of the airline, any flight crew member of the aircraft operator or a duly authorized representative of the manufacturer of the aircraft.," stated the advisory.

Also, all the authorised persons are required to comply with the mandatory pre-flight and post-flight breath analyser test requirement. The DGCA, in its advisory, further asked all airlines to sensitise their flight crew to strictly comply with the rules.

This latest advisory, that reminds airlines of the existing rules comes after two recent incidents of ‘unauthorised entry’ of passengers into the aircraft cockpit of the Air India flight.

30/06/2023 Poulomi Saha/India Today

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