DGCA issues new air safety guidelines
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 18:15
New Delhi: Fresh guidelines have been issued to pilots and air traffic controllers on ways to handle unexpected events like systems malfunction, communication trouble or weather-related problems, as was witnessed in the Faridabad air crash that claimed 10 lives.

Rules have also been framed to counter the problem of fatigue among ATC officers and pilots, apart from their general working conditions.

While several helicopters crashed in bad weather across the country, high velocity winds were suspected to have been the major cause of Thursday's accident involving the air ambulance in Faridabad.

On May 22 last year, 158 people were killed when Air India Express flight IX 812 overshot the Bajpe airport runway in Mangalore and crashed into a deep gorge.

This major crash had shaken up the aviation industry and the government which was forced to undertake a review of the safety oversight systems covering all related issues relating to aerodromes, air navigation, airlines, flight operations and training of pilots.

In a series of operations circulars published in the past few days, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has recommended that all training of pilots should include unexpected or surprise situations which can crop up anytime mid-air or while landing and take-off.

Issues like how to face sudden events like systems malfunction, deep air pockets, crew-member incapacitation or communication problems with the ATC or other crew members have been dealt with in detail, with the DGCA asking all training institutions and airlines to integrate these issues into their training programmes.


First Published: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 18:15

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