Major lacunae in operations of state aircraft: DGCA

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    Major lacunae in operations of state aircraft: DGCA
    India - 2 June 2011

    JAIPUR: A safety audit conducted by a team of Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) has pointed out serious lacunae and negligence in the Rajasthan Civil Aviation Corporation Limited (RCAC), a 100% state-owned company which takes care of the planes meant to ferry the chief minister and the governor. The DGCA has warned the state government and RCAC to abide by the rules and regulations recommended by DGCA.

    The safety audit was conducted from April 20 to 21 at the state hanger in Jaipur by a team comprising Sanjay Bramhane, deputy director, air safety and Pawan Kumar, deputy director, airworthiness, DGCA.

    On Wednesday, the DGCA sent the safety audit to the department of civil aviation, government of Rajasthan and has sought a reply from it asking as to why the requirements pertaining to the operations were not compiled. It also asked as to why the RCAC did not have an approved operations manual.

    "There was no dedicated person nominated for operational control of each flight, especially the one who should be making operational flight plan and the related work. The RCAC did not have appointed any person in the safety division who can analyse such incidents and also carry out internal safety audits and monitor flight operations," said a senior official.

    The audit report has also said that the corporation did not have manuals, including operations manual, flight safety manual, flight crew training manual and security manual.

    Officers with the DGCA also said that the permit to operate these flights is given to state government. However, the flight operations are managed by the RCAC. "The permit is non-transferable, thus the operations of these flights are not statutory," an officer added.

    When contacted, deputy director general, civil aviation, Bir Singh Rai said: "We have intimated the concerned department and ministry about it. Now we are awaiting their reply."

    "Let's see if they need any time to put all the things in place. But if they will not abide by the norms and regulations made by the DGCA in operating government flights, we may have to terminate the licence," he added.
    However, none of the officials of RCAC were not available for comments. Principal secretary, civil aviation, Tapesh Panwar who took charge on Tuesday said he didn't have any information to share.

    Likewise, in the meeting of state aviation secretaries held in Delhi under the chairmanship of secretary, Dr Nasim Zaidi on Wednesday the representatives of all the states including Rajasthan were told to have zero tolerance policy as far as safety is concerned. "All the states should improve their civil aviation system including state government related aircraft operations as per the DGCA regulalations immediately," he said.

    He also said that the state governments should implement the civil aviation rules (CAR) in three months time.

    Source: The Times of India

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