Thursday, August 31, 2023

DGCA is unlikely to hold radio communication skill test for pilots in 2024

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) might not hold radio communication skill tests, also known as Radio Telephony exam, for pilots in 2024, according to sources.

On May 1, 2023, the Ministry of Communication, which presently conducts the test, officially handed over the responsibility of conducting the test to DGCA from 2024 onwards after aviation experts and pilots' bodies alleged lack of expertise and malpractices.

However, the regulator has initiated a process to scrap the post of officers responsible to hold the exam.

Radio communication skill tests, officially called Radio Telephony Restricted License or RTR(A) test, is conducted for pilots by the Wireless Planning & Coordination (WPC) wing of the Ministry of Communication to assess if they are fully trained to communicate with Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) for all kinds of situations.

Radio telephone is a communication system operated between air crew members and pilots to connect with ATCs and ground stations. This system is crucial for airline operators. Due to technical reasons, WPC has the authority to conduct this test.

31/08/2023 PTI/ZeeBiz

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