DGCA issues circular to private operators

DGCA issues circular to private operators

Mumbai: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued an air safety circular to private and non-scheduled helicopters and small aircraft operators following detection of safety guideline violations.

The circular comes in the wake of a recent incident in which a private aircraft, carrying the United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi to a public rally at Erode in Tamil Nadu, was forced to make an emergency landing at the Bengaluru International Airport, after a technical snag.

The DGCA’s circular is aimed especially at operators of helicopters and small aircraft ferrying VIPs.

“Analysis of the earlier accidents/incidents associated with helicopters and small aircraft operations from improvised helipad/airstrips revealed that laid down instructions were violated time and again and safety was jeopardized," the DGCA said.

“All non-scheduled/private operators are hereby advised to strictly adhere to the stipulated safety guidelines for ensuring safety of helicopters/small aircraft operations," the circular said.

The DGCA asked operators and pilots to ensure the airworthiness of the aircraft and also see that all mandatory requirements were met.