These shortcomings, according to a July 18 DGCA memo, included “incorrect” diagnosis of reported faults, an insufficient number of aircraft maintenance engineers trained to check and certify aircraft before takeoff, and a growing tendency to release aircraft under “minimum equipment list”. (EMAIL) — when an airplane is cleared to fly on the condition that a malfunctioning or non-functioning non-critical component be repaired or replaced within a certain period of time.
The special audit focuses on facilities such as hangars and stores, equipment used by airline personnel, airline quality assurance system, aircraft grounded due to lack of spare parts and airline maintenance control centers, said a DGCA order dated July 18.
It will also consider the availability of “sufficient, suitably qualified and experienced” manpower, duty time limitations, availability of current maintenance data for all aircraft types, adequacy of rotation of aircraft during transit and “multiple MEL releases”. in accordance with the order.
“There have been reports of increased engineering-related occurrences at scheduled airlines in recent times,” the order reads. The special audit aims to check whether scheduled airlines meet “established standards”.
Several regulatory actions are now underway simultaneously. The DGCA had, on July 5, 2022, issued a notice of justification to people short of money SpiceJetafter a series of incidents and for failing “to establish safe, efficient and reliable air services”.
The low-cost airline is due to explain by Tuesday (July 26) why action should not be taken against it. A decision on that is likely this week.
The decree of July 18, which triggered the special audit for all airlines, indicates that carriers “resort to frequent one-off authorizations to (certain) certifying staff in transit stations, which does not comply existing regulations”.
Recent months have seen a spike in in the air hitches.
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