DGCA fines Air India Rs 80 lakh for violating crew duty time rules


DGCA fines Air India Rs 80 lakh for violating crew duty time norms

New Delhi: The directorate general of civil aviation ,DGCA) has imposed a fine of Rs 80 lakh Air India For violation of rules related to flight duty time limits (FDTL) and Flight Crew Fatigue Management System (FMS). “As a proactive step towards ensuring a high level of safety in aviation,” the regulator says, it “spotlighted AI this January to confirm regulatory compliance by the operator with respect to the FDTL and FMS rules.” Had audited. Air India has been fined by the regulator several times in 1.5 years for various lapses.
After the audit, the DGCA found some violations such as both the pilots operating the flight were above 60 years of age. “It was also found deficient in providing adequate weekly rest to the operator (AI), adequate rest before and after ultra-long range (ULR) flights and adequate rest to the flight crew on layovers, which is in violation of the existing provisions of civil aviation requirements. There are violations. FDTL. Besides, cases of exceeding duty period, wrongly marked training records, overlapping duties etc. were also observed during the audit,” an official said.
Following the audit, the regulator has sent a show cause notice to AI on March 1 seeking their response on the audit findings. “The operator submitted its reply to the notice which was not found satisfactory…a fine of Rs 80 lakh has been imposed on the operator,” the regulator said. civil aviation sector in India and this enforcement action is in line with its commitment.”

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