Home / News / DGCA to increase monitoring of flying training organisations: Here's why

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a circular on Wednesday, 23 November, to increase the monitoring of the Flying Training Organizations (FTOs). The monitoring will be increased to improve training and surveillance.

The objective behind increasing monitoring of Flying Training Organizations to improve training and surveillance is to enhance DGCA oversight over flying training and ground training activities of the FTO.

This, DGCA believes, would improve and operations and quality of the training. There were 35 FTOs at the end of August this year.

The aviation regulator has also put up measures including the installation of high-resolution cameras in their premises to keep track of the training activities.

Besides the monitoring, the data of the training flights will be recorded and about 25 per cent of it would be analysed every day.

The move also comes against the backdrop of incidents involving training flights as well as instances of certain individuals not following the authorised flight plan during training.

As per the circular, all the FTOs should install cameras of high resolution on their premises so that the activities of the training could be monitored. The cameras that would be installed would be covering the “apron area, hangar, taxiway and runway, classrooms and examination room".

The areas where the flights are authorised in the flight authorisation register would also be covered in the areas. The cameras need to be operational within 90 days.

With respect to flight data monitoring in a training aircraft, DGCA said the safety manager concerned should "carry out flight data analysis of at least 25 per cent of the FTO on daily basis and maintain a record of analysis".

"FTOs operating with aircraft equipped with glass cockpit or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast shall monitor, analyse and maintain the data...," the circular said.

Surveillance cameras need to be functional during flying activities, with the camera feed displaying in the CFI.

(With agency inputs)

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