The DGCA deploys a monitoring plan to ensure flight safety


The General Directorate of Civil Aviation has set up a monitoring system to identify non-compliance with flight safety standards and alert the authorities concerned so that they take urgent corrective measures to resolve the breaches.

The comprehensive monitoring program involving experts from stakeholders such as scheduled airlines, non-scheduled operators, aircraft maintenance organizations, design and manufacturing organizations and flight training institutes, among others, would cover all areas of activity under the regulatory control of the DGCA. These guidelines first published in 2009 were revised and republished on Friday.

The primary objective of the initiative is to find any significant non-compliance with the applicable requirement that lowers the standard of safety and seriously affects flight safety. These deficiencies would be conveyed in a standardized “deficiency report form” which would explain the problem and specify the reference of the regulatory provision in respect of which the observation was made.

The airline or agency involved would respond promptly with a solution to address the systemic deficiency to prevent similar sightings from happening again. “The Corrective Action Plan, which merely removes and resolves the immediate problem without rectifying the system, should not be accepted as a satisfactory permanent resolution,” the aviation watchdog said in a circular.

Time limited resolution

Any significant non-compliance with security standards identified during a surveillance inspection, spot checks or security audits must be addressed immediately and reported to the DGCA. In the event that the organizations were unable to implement corrective actions within the specified 30-day period for justified reasons, the DGCA, at its discretion, may grant an additional 15 days.

“Where no reasonable and justified reason is attributed for the failure to implement the corrective action plan within the timeframe agreed with the DGCA office, the necessary enforcement measures will be taken against the organization or the person responsible for the non-compliance, as the case may be,” the circular states.

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