DGCA begins special two-month airline audit – The New Indian Express

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Aviation regulator DGCA has launched a special 2-month audit of airlines after its spot checks earlier this month revealed that insufficient and unqualified engineering staff are certifying carrier planes before their departure, officials said.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) carried out the spot checks as there have been numerous incidents of technical malfunction in Indian carriers’ aircraft over the past 45 days.

The aforementioned special audit will focus on facilities such as hangars and stores, equipment used by airline personnel, airline quality assurance system, aircraft grounded due to lack of spares and the airlines maintenance control center, said a DGCA order dated July 18. .

The special audit will also cover the availability of “sufficient, suitably qualified and experienced” manpower, service time limitations, availability of current maintenance data for all aircraft types, adequacy of aircraft turnaround time during transit and “multiple MEL releases”. , pursuant to the order, accessed by PTI.

“MEL (minimum equipment list) releases” means that an aircraft is cleared to fly with certain equipment or instruments inoperative for a specific period of time, until repairs are made. There have been reports of increased engineering-related occurrences at scheduled airlines in recent times,” the order said.

The order says the special audit of all scheduled airlines begins on July 19 to ensure they meet “established standards”.

DGCA officials said the special audit will be completed within the next two months.

After conducting spot checks, the regulator unveiled its findings last week.

Spot checks revealed that insufficient and unqualified engineering personnel certify aircraft from various carriers prior to departure.

Before each departure, an aircraft is checked and certified by an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME).

Spot checks have revealed that airline AME teams are incorrectly identifying the “cause of a reported defect”, the DGCA said.

They also found that there was an “uptrend in MEL (minimum equipment list) releases” from aircraft, he noted.

“There is also evidence of airlines resorting to frequent ad hoc clearances of Category A certifying staff at transit stations, which is not in line with existing regulations,” he said.

The head of engineering for one of India’s airlines explained that a category A engineer is called a “limited scope engineer” and is allowed to certify and release planes for departures only when the aircraft has no complex defects.

As a result, the DGCA issued guidelines to airlines last week, asking them to deploy sufficient and qualified AME personnel and ordering them to comply by July 28.

There have been numerous incidents of technical malfunction in Indian carrier planes over the past 45 days.

Air India’s Dubai-Kochi flight was diverted to Mumbai on July 21 after the captain reported a loss of cabin pressure.

On July 21, Go First’s Mumbai-Leh and Srinagar-Delhi flights experienced engine trouble.

A Go First flight heading from Delhi to Guwahati on July 20 was diverted to Jaipur after the A320neo’s windscreen cracked in flight.

On July 17, IndiGo’s Sharjah-Hyderabad flight was diverted to Karachi as a precaution after pilots observed a fault in an engine.

On the night of July 16, the Air India Express Calicut-Dubai flight was diverted to Muscat after a burning smell was observed in the in-flight cabin.

A live bird was found in the cockpit of Air India Express’ Bahrain-Kochi flight on July 15.

SpiceJet is also under the scanner.

On July 6, the DGCA issued a show cause notice to SpiceJet following at least eight incidents of technical malfunction in its aircraft since June 19.

NEW DELHI: Aviation regulator DGCA has launched a special 2-month audit of airlines after its spot checks earlier this month revealed that insufficient and unqualified engineering staff are certifying carrier planes before their departure, officials said. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) carried out the spot checks as there have been numerous incidents of technical malfunction in Indian carriers’ aircraft over the past 45 days. The aforementioned special audit will focus on facilities such as hangars and stores, equipment used by airline personnel, airline quality assurance system, aircraft grounded due to lack of spares and the airlines maintenance control center, said a DGCA order dated July 18. . The special audit will also cover the availability of “sufficient, suitably qualified and experienced” manpower, service time limitations, availability of current maintenance data for all aircraft types, adequacy of aircraft turnaround time during transit and “multiple MEL releases”. , pursuant to the order, accessed by PTI. “MEL (minimum equipment list) releases” means that an aircraft is cleared to fly with certain equipment or instruments inoperative for a specific period of time, until repairs are made. There have been reports of increased engineering-related occurrences at scheduled airlines in recent times,” the order mentioned. DGCA officials said the special audit will be completed within the next two months. After carrying out spot checks, the regulator revealed its findings last week. Spot checks revealed that insufficient and unqualified engineering personnel certify aircraft from various carriers prior to each departure, an aircraft is checked and certified by an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME). Spot checks have revealed that airline AME teams are incorrectly identifying the “cause of a reported defect”, the DGCA said. They also found that there has been an “uptrend in MEL (minimum equipment list) releases” from aircraft, he noted. “There is also evidence of airlines resorting to one-off and frequent use of Category A certifying staff at transit stations, which is not in line with current regulations,” he said. engineering chief of one of India’s airlines explained that a category A engineer is called a “limited scope engineer” and is authorized to certify and release planes for departures only when the The plane does not have any complex faults, so the DGCA last week issued guidelines to airlines, asking them to deploy sufficient and qualified AME personnel, and ordering them to comply by on July 28. There have been numerous incidents of technical malfunction in Indian carriers’ planes over the past 45 days.Air India’s Dubai-Kochi flight was diverted to Mumbai on July 21 apr soon as the Captain reported a loss of cabin pressure. On July 21, Go First’s Mumbai-Leh and Srinagar-Delhi flights experienced engine trouble. A Go First flight heading from Delhi to Guwahati on July 20 was diverted to Jaipur after the A320neo’s windscreen cracked in flight. On July 17, IndiGo’s Sharjah-Hyderabad flight was diverted to Karachi as a precaution after pilots observed a fault in an engine. On the night of July 16, the Air India Express Calicut-Dubai flight was diverted to Muscat after a burning smell was observed in the in-flight cabin. A live bird was found in the cockpit of the Air India Express Bahrain-Kochi flight on July 15. SpiceJet is also under the scanner. On July 6, the DGCA issued a show cause notice to SpiceJet following at least eight incidents of technical malfunction in its aircraft since June 19.

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