Representative image The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on June 7 ordered a probe into an incident involving an Air Arabia flight, which made an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport last night following a distress call. The flight, 3L-062, had taken off from Abu Dhabi late on June 6 and was scheduled to reach Chittagong in Bangladesh. However, the air crew declared a Mayday after the flight developed an engine snag on Airbus A320 (A6-AOT). "The preliminary investigation will be done by DGCA in consultation with Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB)," a senior official of the aviation regulatory body told news agency ANI. The aircraft "experienced No.1 Engine Stall and Engine Fail ECAM warnings came on", the official added. Also Read | Air India's A320neo plane's engine shuts down mid-air, makes emergency landing at Mumbai airport Close The flight landed "safely" at Ahmedabad Airport, the DGCA noted in its statement, adding … [Read more...] about DGCA orders probe after Air Arabia flight lands in Ahmedabad following distress call
Travelers at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. India plans to raise 6 trillion rupees ($81 billion) by leasing out state-owned infrastructure assets over the next four years to fund new capital expenditure without pressuring government finances. The proposal involves handing assets including roads, railways, airports, sports stadiums, power transmission lines and gas pipelines to private operators. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on June 14 said that if a passenger holding a valid ticket is denied boarding, the airline will have to pay a compensation of upto Rs 10,000 to the traveller, if the airline is not able to arrange an alternate flight for the said passenger within an hour. As part of its new guidelines, India's aviation regulator said that in the case of denied boarding to a passenger holding a valid ticket and having presented on time, airlines will have to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000, if alternate … [Read more...] about Airline will have to pay Rs 10,000 fine if boarding is denied on valid ticket: DGCA
Smart technology of drone delivers coronavirus vaccine (Source: ShutterStock) The new Drone Rules 2021 announced by the government on August 26 are a shot in the arm for the nascent remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)—or drones—industry in India. The liberalised policy depends on self-regulation and non-intrusive monitoring rather than enforced regulation. It replaces the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021 that the Ministry of Civil Aviation had notified five months ago to test the waters. Under the new regulations, individuals and companies — including a number of new-age start-ups — can operate drones without being tied up in red tape at every step. Now anyone can acquire and fly drones at minimal documentation fees, provided voluntary standard operating procedures are followed. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted : “The new drone rules are based on the premise of trust and self-certification. Approvals, compliance requirements and entry barriers have been significantly … [Read more...] about India’s news drone policy cuts red tape and opens the skies
“A picture is worth a thousand words,” the airline posted on May 23 (Image Source: Twitter/AkasaAir) Startup Akasa Air released a teaser on May 22 on its social media account. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” said the post. This was followed by two images this morning of its first aircraft, registered VT-YAA. The airline had initially planned to start operations in the April-June quarter but has pushed its start date to the next quarter as it waits for its aircraft to be ready. The Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed airline is now a step closer to reality, having signed a deal with Boeing at the Dubai air show for 72 737-8 (formerly known as MAX) and 737-8-200 aircraft (high-density version). This order, placed in November, was followed by a brand unveil in December 2021. The airline received its no-objection certificate (NOC) in October 2021. The last two major airlines to start operations were Vistara and AirAsia India, both joint ventures of the Tata group. Both took eight … [Read more...] about Akasa Air reveals its plane. What’s next?
The Delhi High Court on Friday called for strict action against those found violating masking and hand hygiene norms at airports and in aircraft, observing that the COVID-19 pandemic has not abated and keeps springing up its ugly head. The high court said all such persons, who are found to be violating these norms, should be booked and fined and they should be placed on the no-fly list and added that it is essential to introduce sufficient deterrence to enforce compliance of norms. It said it is noticed that very often the norms are not implemented on the ground with the seriousness with which they are framed and therefore, it is essential for the authorities, including Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ensure that the implementation on the ground is effected properly. For this purpose, we are of the view that the DGCA should give separate binding directions to all airlines to authorise the staff at airports and in aircraft, including air hostesses, captains, … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Delhi HC calls for strict action against air passengers violating masking, hygiene norms
Jet Airways crew photographed after operating proving flights. (Image credit: jetairways/Twitter) Jet Airways is set to get its permit revalidated after successfully completing all proving flights. The airline conducted the second — and the last — set of two proving flights on Tuesday with 31 people, including officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on board, sources said. Flight completed successfully, the happy crew posed for a picture. Jet Airways shared the pic on Twitter this evening, where it is steadily going viral. “Proving flights completed? Check,” the airline wrote. #TheJoyIsComingBack, the pic was hashtagged. Masks that the crew members wore could not hide the joy on their faces as they posed in yellow uniforms. Proving flights completed? Check #TheJoyIsComingBack pic.twitter.com/6GJM1ORJQE — Jet Airways (@jetairways) May 17, 2022 “We are waiting. Would love to fly,” wrote one person in the comments section. … [Read more...] about Viral: Jet Airways crew is all smiles after successfully completing proving flights
Representational image. The summer schedule for 2022 will come into effect on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Two years ago, when the summer schedule took effect, the situation was grim. The entire civil aviation ecosystem had come to a halt on March 25, 2020. What was initially expected to be for seven to ten days became a two-month long affair for the domestic flights and two years for international flights. Without direct aid to airlines in India, many expected an airline (or two) to wind up but the industry has been resilient working its way up and sustaining in one way or the other. By the time the lockdown was announced, the summer schedule was already approved and airlines had a plan to operate 24,395 weekly departures, which was up 4.6% sequentially. As airlines enter the Northern Summer 2022 schedule, the approved schedule stands at 25,309 weekly departures—an increase of 3.7% from a year ago. This is also an increase of 14% over the previous schedule, one of the sharpest … [Read more...] about How airlines have prepared for the Summer of 2022
New airline Akasa Air on Thursday took delivery of the first 737 Max aircraft from Boeing in Seattle, USA, a statement said. Three months after Indian aviation regulator DGCA gave the green light to Max planes, Akasa Air had on November 26 last year signed a deal with Boeing to purchase 72 Max aircraft. Commenting on the successful delivery of first aircraft on Thursday, Vinay Dube, Founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air, said, This is indeed a symbolic milestone in the journey of Akasa Air, bringing us one step closer to the process of obtaining our Air Operator's Permit (AOP) and leading to our commercial launch." The airline, which is backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and aviation veterans Vinay Dube and Aditya Ghosh, received the no-objection certificate from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in August 2021 to launch commercial flight operations. In a statement, the airline said, "With a strong commitment to democratise the skies, the … [Read more...] about Akasa Air takes delivery of first 737 Max aircraft from Boeing