The Dgca suspends operations in 2 flight schools for security reasons


Aviation regulator DGCA has halted the operations of two flight training schools, one in Madhya Pradesh and one in Gujarat, due to serious safety concerns, an official statement said on Saturday.

“In one case it was stopped until the runway was suitable for flight operations. On inspection it was observed that there was loose gravel and an uneven surface and that there was no ‘was not safe for theft,’ the statement from the Civil Affairs Branch read. Aeronautics (DGAC).

In the second case, three planes at a flight school were observed to have malfunctioning fuel gauge indicators and were still operating, he said. “Flight operations at this school (the second case) have been halted for three weeks. It will not be allowed to operate until everything is in order,” the regulator noted.

The DGCA said it had halted “flight operations” at the two schools, located in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat respectively, due to the aforementioned “serious security concerns”. The regulator’s press release does not mention the names of the two training schools.

On June 26, the DGCA said it had audited 30 of India’s 32 flight training organizations (FTOs) since March 21 and found them to be in violation of several safety rules. The dispatcher had found in the audit that “airfield/training organization facilities are not maintained to requirements. The runway surface was found worn, the wind sock was found torn or not standard”.

Pre-flight alcohol testing regulations were not followed at several FTOs, the audit found. “Few instructors, student pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers have not taken a BA (breathalyzer) test or submitted a commitment before the start of duty / exercise of the privileges,” the audit had said.

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