Disinfect aircraft coming from Japan, South Korea, Italy before starting boarding for next flight: DGCA

NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has made it mandatory for aircraft flying in from Italy, South Korea and Japan to India to be disinfected thoroughly. All incoming passengers on these flights to India will need to be screened and if any flyer shows symptoms of coronavirus, then the aircraft will have to undergo a more stringent disinfection process. Read More



01 Nov 19-Replace old engines on 97 aircraft by Jan ‘at all costs’: DGCA to Indigo.


Aviation regulator DGCA asked Indigo on Friday to replace Pratt and Whitney (PW) engines of 23 A320neo planes by November 19 or else they would be grounded.

The regulator also asked Indigo that all 97 such aircraft in its fleet must have modified PW engines by January 31 next year “at all costs”. Read More


Aviation Safety Network

The Aviation Safety Network is a private, independent initiative founded in 1996. On line since January 1996, the Aviation Safety Network covers accidents and safety issues with regards to airliners, military transport planes and corporate jets. The ASN Safety Database contains detailed descriptions of over 10,700 incidents, hijackings and accidents. Most of the information contained in the Aviation Safety Network site is based on information from official sources (authorities, safety boards). Sources used as a basis for the accident database are aircraft production lists, ICAO Aircraft Accident Digests since 1952, and NTSB, TSB etc.

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Risk Mitigation- Bird Hazards

Misconceptions about Bird Hazards.

There are some Common misconceptions  about bird strikes which may give pilots a false sense of security and prevent them from reacting appropriately to the threat of a  bird strike or an actual event are as follows:-

(a)  Birds don’t fly at night, in poor visibility, such as in clouds, fog, rain, or snow.

(b)  Birds can detect airplane landing lights, weather radar and avoid the airplane.

(c)  Airplane colours and jet engine spinner markings help to repel birds.

(d)  Birds seek to avoid airplanes because of aerodynamic and engine noise.

(e)  Birds dive to avoid an approaching airplane.

None of the above misconceptions have any scientific data to back them.

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Pilgrimage Flying is a very lucrative business and the profitability of number of Operators largely depends on the contracts to operate in the location of pilgrimage centres. The flying during the season is very hectic, challenging and demands high standards of professionalism, maturity and safety consciousness. There are many grey areas related to the conduct of operations during pilgrimage flying.

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Precautions : Summer, Pre-Monsoon Flying

Summers and Pre-Monsoon Season are already here and with it the associated hazards for flying. Civil Aviation fleet is fortunate to have large percentage of highly professional, experienced and knowledgeable Civil and Ex-Military Pilots. However, it is essential to refresh the memory of the Operators, Pilots, Engineers, technicians and other associated personnel about the hazards associated with summer, Pre monsoon operations and the precautions which need to be taken to ensure safe and efficient conduct of operations.

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